I want to talk to you today about the power of the name of Jesus. To have power means to be able to influence something or someone else with force. Power means to change someone or something else. We are blessed because we have the power to choose to do things, like read the Bible, or fast, or pray, or to do good works and minister to other people. I love the organization called the Salvation Army because they use their power to change people for the better. 

The Bible says that Jesus has all power and authority. We read this in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” All power. All authority. Jesus Christ has absolute power. His name contains all the power and authority in the universe. 

There is no one, or nothing, that is more powerful than Jesus Christ. Jesus has the power over demons. Jesus has power over the Devil. Jesus has power over death. Jesus has power over sickness. Jesus has power over fear. Jesus has power over anxiety. Jesus has power over depression. Jesus has the power over everything. 

When the disciples of Jesus prayed in the name of Jesus, wonderful things happened. Once, when Peter was praying, a man was healed. All the people around were amazed that the healing happened. 

Then Peter said,

“Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead” (Acts 4:10).

Peter prayed using the name of Jesus and the man got healed. Peter prayed and said out loud, “In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” (Acts 3:5).

It was the name of Jesus that healed the man. If Peter just said “get and up walk”, nothing would have happened. But Peter said, “In the name of Jesus get up and walk”, and because Peter prayed using the name of Jesus, the man got up and walked. 

Jesus has the power over anxiety, fear, depression and discouragement. If we have these things, or if we know someone else who has these things, then all we have to do is to pray against those things in the name of Jesus, and those things will disappear. 

We may have to pray more, and we may have to fast as well. To fast means to eat less food and drink less liquids, and while doing so, pray for the person you want to see healed. Then go to the person and pray for them and you will see a greater change in them because you prayed and fasted for them. 

Jesus has the power over death. The Bible says,

“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying” (Hebrews 2:14).

Let’s look at the Bible where Jesus raises a person back to life who has been dead for 4 days. In those days they sometimes buried people in caves and then rolled a stone in front of the hole in the mountain, called a cave. Here is what happened to Lazarus who was dead for 4 days:

“Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.

But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”

40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” (John 11:39-44).

Jesus has power. Jesus has the power to free you from your addiction. It doesn’t matter if you are addicted to porn, or cigarettes, food, or khat, or meth, or crack cocaine, or alcohol, Jesus Christ can free you from the power that is afflicting you and keeping you in bondage. Jesus can set you free. Trust in the power of the name of Jesus. Trust in the goodness of Jesus Christ to love you and care for you. 

The name of Jesus has power. There is no other name given to us under heaven by which we can be saved other than the name of Jesus. 

The demons are afraid of Jesus. They are afraid of the name of Jesus and what that name can do to them. 

When Jesus came close to a person who had a demon in them, the demon would get scared. In one place this is what happened, 

“Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law.

23 Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil[h] spirit cried out, 24 “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. 26 At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.”

In the book of Revelation we read that when Jesus returns to earth for the second time, He will cast the devil into the lake of fire. Jesus has the power to cast the devil and all the demons in the world into the lake of fire where they will suffer and be tormented forever. Jesus is going to do this. Jesus is going to return to earth and take all of us who believe in Him into heaven. Then, this is what is going to happen, 

“Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

I want to give you hope today. The way I can give you hope is to let you know that there is power in the name of Jesus to free us all from our addictions and fears. When we pray in the name of Jesus demons will leave people; people will get healed; people will get saved; anxiety and depression will leave people. 

The name of Jesus is just as powerful today as it was when the disciples walked upon the earth. All we have to do is believe in the power of that name, let’s pray:

Lord Jesus Christ

We pray in your name

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus

We ask you to deliver us from our evil thoughts,

we ask you to deliver our loved ones from anxiety. 

We ask to deliver our loved ones from fear. 

We ask you to cast out anything evil from all of us. 

Amen.