the only name

… at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, Philippians 2:10

A phone call tonight from a God-daughter (a daughter-in-the-Lord) Haven’t heard from her in a while…

“What’s new?” I asked.

“My MRI is on Monday,” she said.

“What MRI? Bring me up to speed!  What’s going on?”

Half-an-hour into the list of symptoms, partial diagnosis, suppositions and imaginations, I reminded her, “Whatever is troubling you, if it has a name, it must bow to the name of Jesus! Brain tumors must bow to the name of Jesus. Headaches and nausea  must bow. Every symptom named must bow. The Bible says that God has highly exalted Jesus and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee must bow!”

Once a severely demon-possessed man saw Jesus. The demons in him — called Legion for there were many of them — not only begged Jesus not to torment them, but they also fled when Jesus commanded them to go. The man was left whole, healed and in his right mind. (Luke 8:26–35)

I reminded her – if your child is sick,  you lay hands on him and say, “In Jesus’ name, cough, stop. Fever, go in Jesus’ name. Health flows in your body in Jesus’ name!”  Do the same for yourself! That is the power of the name of Jesus because that is the name of the one who died for you, who rose again and today is at the right hand of God, for you! That is the name which is above every name, and at which every knee must and will bow!”

We (D & e) learned the truth of this message many years ago and practice it in our daily walk. It would take hours for me to list all of the instances in our personal experience where the name of Jesus has forced circumstances to bow. Broken bones (an ankle, an arm) must bow the knee at the name of Jesus. Cancer must bow, addiction must bow; head colds and flu must bow…. Every name that is named must bow the knee at the name of Jesus.

In my life, before Jesus Christ, a tumble off the curb causing my ankle to crumble under me like a rag doll would have produced cursing and a trip to the doctor at the very least. Thank God, by that time,  we had learned the truth of the power in the name of Jesus! Sitting in the street, with my ego and my ankle in bad shape, my first thought was not to damn the circumstances but to call out “Jesus is Lord over it!” D. helped me up and agreed…”yes, Jesus is Lord over it.” I’m thankful to have walked away without a broken ankle, without a sprained ankle, without any real damage at all…a bit embarrassed at my clumsiness, but otherwise perfectly healthy.

Yes! It is true. The name of Jesus IS above every name.

Learning to accept this truth as fact and use it in every circumstance…that’s the tricky part.

Later, she sent me this message, “and I believe Jesus has this… love you too – w ill call next week when I find out results.”

Thank God for her faith! Thank God she has grown up into a faith filled believer. Thank God for the only name that can bring peace and healing to our lives.  Thank God for His Son.