Tag: Name of Jesus

Faith in Jesus’ Name

Scripture reading for May 8th:  Acts 3, Psalm 92, Proverbs 30

Key Scriptures:  Acts 3:6-10 “But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I gave to you.  In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”  And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.  And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.  And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple asking for alms.  And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”  

Peter and John were going to the temple for prayer when they were met by a beggar asking for alms.  They did not have money, but gave him more than he asked for.  They spoke a word of faith in the Name of Jesus and reached out for his hand.  As they did, God worked a miracle of healing and the man leaped up and began to walk and praise God.  The miracle brought awe and wonder to all!

Faith Confession:  I  am a believer in Jesus Christ.  I believe that through the Name of Jesus I have authority and power to confront sickness, disease, and demonic power and to trust God for results.  (Action Step:  In faith step out to help someone the Lord puts in your path.  Trust Jesus for results)

Psalm 92:4  “For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy.”  

 

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Worthy of suffering!

Scripture reading for May 10th:  2nd Kings 17-19, Acts 5

Key Scriptures:  Acts 5:40-42  “. . .They called the apostles in and had them flogged.  Then they ordered them not to speak in the Name of Jesus, and let them go.  The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.  Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.”  

The disciples were threatened with death and flogged by the Jewish leaders for preaching and healing in the Name of Jesus.  They were ordered not to preach in Christ’s Name again.  However, the disciples were not afraid of men but feared God.  They counted the suffering for Christ as a badge of honor!

2nd Kings 19:19  “Now O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.” (King Hezekiah’s prayer at the threats of the King of Assyria.)

Prayer: Lord, thank You for these examples of the boldness and zeal of the early disciples and godly kings of Israel.  May we honor You with boldness in the face of suffering.  Amen.

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Rejoice in the “Name”!

Scripture reading for March 20th:  1st Samuel 15-19

Key Scriptures: 1st Samuel 17:45-47  “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the Name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.  . . .and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give all of you into our hands.””

David knew His God and the power of His Name!  He used that authority of God’s Name to declare a victory over a Philistine giant named Goliath!  He declared that the Lord would save Israel and win with supernatural power!

Rejoice in the Name of Jesus:  Jesus gave His followers His Name and killed our giant enemy Satan! “Therefore God exalted Him to the Highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:9-11)

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Prayer that shakes the house!

Scripture reading for May 11th:  Acts 4

The miracle of healing the crippled man at the temple gate shook the religious house.  “The priest and the captain of the guard came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the crowd.  They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.  They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.”   (Acts 4:1-3)  The religious leaders were not happy at the mention of Jesus!

They questioned Peter and John to find out by what power they had done this miracle.  “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!  If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel:  It is by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. ” . . .”Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”” (Acts 4:8-10,12)

The rulers and elders ordered the apostles not to speak in the Name of Jesus Christ any more and threatened them. But the apostles told them that they must obey God and not men.  They let them go and they returned to the others and prayed:  “Now Lord consider their threats and enable Your servants to speak Your word with great boldness.  Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the Name of your holy servant Jesus.”  “After they prayed, the place were they were meeting was shaken.”  (Acts 4:29-31)

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The Name of Jesus!

Scripture reading for May 8th:  Acts 3

As the new group of believers was empowered on the day of Pentecost, it grew rapidly with the new power to witness indwelling the disciples.  New believers were added on a daily basis to the growing church.  (Acts 2:47)  The church continued to meet in the temple and be a part of the Jewish system.  This was soon to change!

Peter and John were going to the temple for the time of prayer at 3:00 in the afternoon.  They encountered a crippled man who was begging at the gate.  “When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.  Peter looked straight at him, as did John.  Then Peter said, “Look at us!”  So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.  The Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  Taking him by his right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.  He jumped to his feet and began to walk.  Then he went into the temple courts, walking, jumping, and praising God.”  (Acts 3:3-8)

Many people gathered as a result of the healing of this man.  Peter again addressed the crowd and explained how God had glorified Jesus!  “You killed the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead.  We are witnesses of this.  By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.  It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.”  (Acts 3:14-16)  Peter confronted the people.  He called them to repentance and faith in the name of Jesus!

 

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