Tell me/Who can/Stand before us/
When we/Call on/ That Great name!
Jesus! Jesus! Precious Jesus
We have the victory!
Have you ever heard this song before? I grew up singing this song in devotional service in church. It's upbeat and when you have some good musicians backing you up, this song alone can turn into a full 15 min set. It's a song you can get happy to no doubt.
It's not until I've come of age that I've begun to understand why.
There's a story in the Bible, where Jesus comes to a man possessed by many demons. Actually, Jesus gets off a ship on his way to minister and immediately a man met him from the nearby tombs, the Bible says that he had an unclean spirit. This man's unclean spirit turned out to be an actual legion of demons, Mark 5:9 says:
"And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many."
Now, Jesus goes on to cast the demons out of the man and he lives as a testament to God's authority and Jesus' power, you can actually read the text in its entirety here: Mark 5:1-20
Today, I want to focus on verse 2:
"And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,"
The demons in the man recognized who Jesus was as soon as Jesus stepped off the ship and according to the scriptures begged for mercy.
James 2:19 says:
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Matthew 8: 27 says:
"But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!"
Do you know that there is power in the name of Jesus? Do you know the God you serve? I don't know how to explain to you how powerful, how significant the moment in Mark 5:2 is. But I'm going to try and explain.
Jesus' was so powerful, His presence so impactful that His foot touched the ground and the demons nearby immediately had to fall under subjection. Immediately!
This is what makes John 14:13, 14 so important. When the scripture says:
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."
It's because wherever and whenever you call on Jesus "Satan will have to flee". God has given us the authority to call on Him to actually slay our demons, by giving us permission to do so in His name.
There are only two conditions to wielding this power. The first one being the hardest and easiest to do all at the same time: You have to believe.
If you don't believe who God is and what He is capable of you won't have access to the power He so freely gives.
Secondly, you have to be in His will. God is not a genie, you can't ask Him to give you a million dollars in His name because it will satisfy your flesh. James 4:3 says:
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
However, if you believe that God can, that He will, and your in His will, Matthew 19:26 says, "...With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
Honestly, one of the hardest thing for us as believers, is for us to believe. We hope, we wish, we may even pray, but we have a hard time believing that God will do what He's promised even while saying we believe who He is. Number 23:19 says:
"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"
There is power in the name of Jesus. There is healing in the name of Jesus. There is deliverance in the name of Jesus. There is victory in the name of Jesus!
These are the facts! The question really is, are you walking in this knowledge? When you say that you believe that God is who He says He is, are you living your life accordingly?
When you call on Jesus, do you expect Him to show up?