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In the Name of Jesus!

Key Scripture: Philippians 2:9,10 (KJV)  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

SUMMARY

There is power in the name of Jesus,  when we concede to the power of His holy name our lives and situations change and we are never the same again! Though the name of Jesus is the sweetest and the most power name yet it is approachable, accessible and available to everyone. However, the greatest tragedy today is the count on how many of us thirst for His name. Therefore, let’s us pull ourselves away from a ‘spectator mode’ to being a ‘participant’ in the extension of His kingdom to magnify and glorify His name today.

SERMON POINTS

The Name of Jesus.

 2 Chronicles 15:7 (KJV)    Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

The name Jesus originates from the Latin form of Greek  name Yesous which represents Hebrew bible name Yeshua- our God saves.

We can be rest assured that at the mention of His beautiful name ‘Jesus Christ’ can save us from the darkest pit of our sin, therefore, let us strive in knowing His precious name and learn  what the Bible asks us do in His Name.

Acclamation in the Name of Jesus:

1) Believe in His Name.

 John 1:12 (KJV)  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

The Bible clearly tells us that we need to believe in His Name and in the person of Jesus; as we do that we gain the power to become sons of God. However, we can either be just believers having  distant view of God or get closer to Him as His true sons and daughters.

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (KJV)   Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty

As we identify ourselves to be His children we must also separate from every unclean temptation of the world, the customs and traditions that is not of God.We should never compromise on God’s word and as we stick to His name, the word of God says that He will receive us and will be a Father unto us.

2) Call on His Name.

 Acts 2:21 (KJV)   And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved

Its a blessed privilege to call out on His name. God  created us to have fellowship with Him and He expects us to call out His name even in the most dangerous times so that we have an opportunity to be saved as we call on His name. Therefore, make it a priority to call on the name of Jesus and be saved today!

3) Gather in His Name.

 Matthew 18:20 (KJV)  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The word of God promises that wherever two or more are gathered in His Name He would be present among our midst and when we acknowledge this we take decisions to come to His church and honor His name. Never make any excuses  for not being able to gather for prayer meetings, church gatherings or any ministry that demands our labor for the extension of His kingdom because God says that He will be present and we wouldn’t want to  miss the opportunity do we? Whatever we agree gathering together in His name, would be done by the Father in heaven.

4) Pray in His Name.

 John 16:23,24 (KJV)  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

If our prayers were based on our righteousness or our worthiness nobody would have had the privilege to pray to God.  St. Paul says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Therefore, because of the redemptive power of God’s saving grace we have the privilege to pray to the Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ and as He continually intercedes for us to the Father our prayers are being answered. Therefore, let us take this moment of  great joy as we pray in the name of Jesus, as it is being answered in His name.

5) Minister healing in His Name.

 Acts 3:6 (KJV)  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

James 5:14(KJV) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

There is healing in the name of Jesus! As St. Peter prayed in the name of Jesus, a man who was lame from his mother’s womb rose up and walked! Such is the power in the name of Jesus. Today there is no sickness, illness or diseases that is too difficult for the Lord to heal. As we proclaim healing in His name the lame shall walk, the blind will see again and the deaf will hear. Therefore, let us minister healing in the mighty name of Jesus .

6) Cast out demons in His Name.

 Mark 16:17 (KJV)  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

In the book of Ephesians we read that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, it is imperative for us to take authority over demonic disturbances and cast them out of our lives.  Let our prayers, fellowship, spiritual songs vibrate in our homes to create an anointed atmosphere to drive out anything that is unholy in the eyes of the Lord. We disturb the momentum of the enemy and deactivate the powers of darkness by His name.

7) Confess in His Name.

 Hebrews 13:15 (KJV) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Let the name of Jesus be continually in our lips. Let us continually give thanks and praise to His holy name for the things He has done and for the things yet to some. Let our praises be a sweet smelling sacrifice unto His Holy name.

8) Do everything in His Name.

 Colossians 3:17 (KJV)And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

There are always two ways of doing things; by word and by action. The Bible teaches us to evaluate everything and encourages us to do it all in His name. Every act ,thought or word should reverberate with the kingdom culture our Lord Jesus taught. We represent our Lord Jesus in our workplaces and communities. Bring glory to His name through it all.

9) Worship His Name.

Philippians 2:9-10(KJV) Therefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

God has highly exalted the name of the Lord Jesus because He was obedient to the Father. Now the only name that is worthy to receive worship is the name of Jesus, to the glory of God the Father. When we worship the name of the Lord Jesus, our heavenly Father is glorified.

10) Life through His Name.

 John 20:31 (KJV)But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

His name brings life in us. When we believe in the mighty name of Jesus and acknowledge His  holy name  we not only have peace, healing and freedom but we also have life in Him.  True life comes from the blessed name of Jesus.

CONCLUSION.

Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

We have the great privilege of knowing God by His name. We should not take the name of the Lord in vain as mentioned in the law.(Exodus 20:7)

Taking the name of the Lord vain has an implication that we should not walk or live in a way unaware of the greatness of the name of the Lord. Our life should be given to the lifting up of His name.

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The Power of a Praying Church!

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Key Scripture: Isaiah 56:7(KJV)Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

SUMMARY

Prayer is a mighty behavioural tool that can move the hand of God in our lives. Through out the scripture we read about prayers made by an individual, the priests, a corporate prayer and a prayer made our Saviour Himself. These prayers were powerful to have exemplified in our personal relationship with God, to attain the unattainable and impossible through a human ability. Prayer is also very important in the functionality of a church, when we pray together in the house of God, we don’t fall prey to sin and that’s the power of a praying church!

SERMON POINTS

Matthew 16:17,18 (KJV) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

As Simon Peter had a revelation that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, Jesus says that He will build His church upon the rock. Here we get a glimpse of the Lord’s love for the church when He says, “My church” therefore, we ought to behave in reverence to the Lord and His servants.

The word ‘church’ comes from the Greek word “Ekklesia” which means an Assembly of God. We are called out from the world separated unto God, set apart for a particular purpose. We come to the church for various reasons; it could be for healing or peace and sometimes also for a selfish gain. However, the prime most reason for us to come to the local church should be to increase in our prayer life!

The Lord has commanded us to go into the ends of the world preaching the Gospel, here we see two things: first is going out and then working for the kingdom of God. However, both are not achievable without staying rooted to a praying church. When the church prays, it has its own power to equip us to face the enemy.

 The Holy Mountain: A House of Prayer

Isaiah 56:7 (KJV) Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

The Lord calls the church the Holy Mountain from where our sacrifices go to God to give us joy. We are made joyful in the house of prayer; Jesus is the House of Joy. The question is do the people see joy in us when everything that surrounds them is sinking and diminishing? Do they see something different in our life because of our kneeling down in prayer?

As believers we need our souls to thirst for joy in prayer. We need to inhale and exhale prayer; it should pierce through the catastrophe. A whole lot and much depend on our prayer therefore, let us be a prayerful person so that our praises will be accepted in the altar.

Remember without praying there is no healing, no breakthroughs, no revelation and presence of God but for a praying church all these adds to the beauty of the church. Therefore, let us be in our knees today to find our joy!

A Panorama of the House of Prayer

John 2:14–16 (KJV) And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

We read in the gospel of John that when Jesus sees a business outside the temple, He makes a whip and drives out people from the temple. Our God is a Holy God who is pleased with the sacrifices of an upright heart at His service but He admonishes trade of the wicked in His temple. We should never come with the business mentality in the church but rather come with the service mentality which is pleasing to the Lord. Have a zeal for the church; be zealous and passionate in praising and worshipping God and we will see His hand move in our lives.

Five hands that we see in Prayer:

1) Evil hand of Herod

Acts 12:1,2 (KJV) Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

When we pray, the evil hand of Herod will be active to stop our ministry, to destroy the anointed and weaken the believers. Don’t forget that at certain times the evil hand of the authorities will be against the gospel and the men of God. We see that though James was in the inner circle of Jesus, he was killed by Herod. Therefore, remember there is always something that moves in the environment to annihilate us and confuse the acts of prayer in our life, but stay strong and rooted in prayer and the hands of the evil will be cut off!

2) Hand of the Church

Acts 12:5 (KJV)Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

‘Ektenes’ is a Greek word which means stretched out, without ceasing an earnest and a constant prayer. We read in Acts that when Peter is put in prison, the hand of church is stretched out to God in prayer. The church didn’t give up and succumb to the evil for one more loss which could have happened as Peter was next in line. As the church passionately prays, a stretched out , unwavering prayer the plans of the enemy will be foiled.

1 Timothy 2:8 (NIV) Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

St. Paul mentions that we should pray everywhere. We could pray in our offices, business or even when we are cooking, there is no time and no place on earth that we cannot pray. As we lift our hands in prayer the spirit of anger, ego and dispute will leave us and God will lift us up, it will be a life lifted in His grace. Remember there is no prison so dark where the hands of God and His light cannot reach us.

Psalms 141:2 (KJV)Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

The lifting up of hands is a sweet sacrifice in the eyes of the Lord.

Exodus 17:11, 12 (KJV)And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

Even when Moses’ hands were lifted up, the Israelites were winning but whenever he lowered his hands the Amalekites were winning. The significance of spiritual authority and leadership is much important. When the blessed men of God and their ministry is over our lives , we are victorious. The scripture further says that when Moses’ hands were heavy ,Aaron and Hur supported up his hand which signifies the life of a church.We lift and encourage each other. The enemy doesn’t like when the hands of the church are lifted up for one another, yet when we lift our hands and pray ,we will not fall prey to the enemy.

3) Hand of the Angel

Acts 12:6,7 (KJV) And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

We read that as Peter was sleeping, the hands of the angel came upon him and the light of God shined in the Prison. Today God says its time to get up and rise up from our sleep. God is striking us to wake up so that we see the angel visiting our prison of diseases, anxieties, spiritual disabilities and spiritual stagnation. The light of God will fall on our future, family, ministry, children, husband and wives and on these prison diseases so that the chains fall off.  Remember nobody can go beyond the power of a praying church; it can shake the prison gates, the chains to fall off and doors to be  opened for us to understand the hand of angels through our prayer.

4) Hand of the Miracle

Acts 12:8-10 (KJV)And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.

As the chains fell off, the angel said unto Peter to gird himself and follow. When God’s presence come in our life we might think it as a dream but we will be instructed to put on everything as we are lead out, the iron gates will be opened for us to experience a hand of miracle.

Acts 12:13 (KJV)And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

As Peter stood knocking at the door of the gate likewise the miracle of the Lord will come knocking at our door. God will instruct us to gird ourselves and follow Him; He will lead us from the enemy’s Iron Gate to the door of the gate where we will experience the hand of miracle. Therefore, will we open when hear the knocking on the door? This moment let us comeback from our sleep to a real self into walking through the iron gates and experience the hands of the miracle!

5) Hand of God

Acts 12:23 (KJV)And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

When the hand of God moves in our life, there are only two things that can happen the first is the deliverance and the second is the destruction of the enemy. If the enemy plays against the hand of God, His mighty hand will be revealed to smite and struck the enemy and he will be eaten by the worms before he is dead.

Acts 11:21 (KJV)And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

However, as we believe in the Lord and turn out hearts unto Him, He will bless us, increase our number and above everything His hand will be upon us.

CONCLUSION

Church is the house of the Lord where the pillar and the ground are of truth. We get His precious teachings through the house of the Lord through His servants as we pray. The power of a praying church is revealed when we lift one another in prayer seeking deliverance and destruction of the enemy. However, if we do not know the prayer request of a person sitting next to us then sadly we are not in a prayerful and a powerful church.

Be a part of a powerful praying church today so that we can experience the hand of church, hand of the angels, hand of the miracles and hand of God to crush the hand of the devil; and as we participate in a powerful prayer in the church our every problem will be filled with His presence in our life.