The Power of Jesus’ Name: True Story
For many years, I’ve been asking God to help me comprehend the authority He has given me. I’ve learned about the spiritual battle. I’ve witnessed His answers to my prayers. Yet, I’ve still wrestled with doubts and questions about my role .
Our gentle, all-knowing God is always ready to increase our faith when we ask Him. In the last year, I’ve continually asked Him for uncommon, extravagant faith. A few weeks ago, I had a close encounter with spiritual darkness. I’m excited to share with you how God used it to open my eyes wider to the authority of the name of Jesus and our ability to use it as a shield against forces of evil.
I left our Tuesday morning Bible study and raced over to the salon where I now work part time as the front desk receptionist. My morning had been filled with worship, teaching and the community of women seeking hard after God! Just a few moments after leaving that spiritual bubble of goodness, I was confronted by something very, very different. I stepped into work and immediately became aware of a very unsettled young man waiting for his mother (or caregiver). She talked to him without compassion and treated him as if he needed very firm, childlike discipline.
I began to hear disturbing music coming from him or his phone. It was intermittent and pulsing. In the past, this type of noise would rattle me. Surprisingly, this time I felt unhindered by it.
As I stocked the shelves, I passed in front of him many times saying excuse me each time I stepped over the power cord connected to his phone. At one point, he stood up listening to his music and spoke to me. His head was bowed low, but his eyes were looking up at me. With a different, eerie voice, he said, “I want to rip your insides out! Ha Ha Ha!” It was a very evil, guttural laugh. He repeated this several more times. I just stared right back at him somewhat unbelieving this could be happening. The salon was busy and buzzing with blow dryers, so no one else heard his remarks.
By God’s power, I did not react in fear. I didn’t respond in any way. I knew I had just encountered evil and learned of it’s desire to destroy me. I had a knowing from God that this scheme against my body had been in play for most of my life.
I texted a few friends who are adept at spiritual warfare and asked them to pray. I had to continue working around this young man. As I walked in front of him, I began to say, “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!” quietly but where he could hear me. He continued to play with his phone, remaining still and silent.
I needed to place products on a high shelf, so I pulled up the chair next to him and stood in it. I continued to say Jesus’ name. Almost immediately, he left the chair and walked out of the building.
The Holy Spirit revealed to me that the young man (the spirit directing his behavior) had become intimidated by Jesus’ name. He was unable to tolerate the name of Jesus and my presence towering over him. He displayed his subordination to Jesus by leaving the building.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 (emphasis mine)
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:18
God gave me a glimpse at the power of Jesus’ name in a hair salon! He taught me that victory over evil is ushered into my life when I speak the name of Jesus with faith in it’s power. The resurrection power of Jesus was with me that day. It is forever with me and you.
Easter reminds us that on our own, we are powerless over evil. But in Jesus and with Jesus, we are more than conquerors. With Jesus’ death and resurrection, God triumphantly demonstrated His fervent desire and ability to protect us, keep us, and prosper us. Jesus’ resurrection proved God is more powerful than evil. He remains more powerful than the evil facing you and me today.
Most of my life, I’ve heard the words, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” and assumed the salvation referred to our life with God after death. Today, I believe the salvation includes our todays and tomorrows.
In the Greek, the word “saved” in that statement literally means delivered out of danger and into safety. God rescues believers from the penalty and the power of sin and makes us safe. With all my heart, I believe God is calling us to a greater faith in our present day freedom from the penalty and power of sin. He is inviting us to see His ability to push back the dark world of evil. He is inviting us to be bold as lions when we find ourselves face to face with evil. He wants us to embrace the reality that Jesus, who makes demons bow to His authority is really alive today. He is alive in us.
May God continue to increase our understanding of who He is and what He can do. May He fill in our potholes of doubt with lavish portions of unrelenting faith. May He lead us in victory as we exercise our authority as children of the Most High King.
Join me in praying for this young man to be completely delivered from evil.
If you want to learn more about victory in spiritual warfare, check out my friends Robert and Rebecca Lecompte’s blog.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.