B. Childress
Sep 14, 2007


As the Son of God, Jesus inherited His Name, a Name greater than any heavenly being...

"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers of the prophets, Hath in these
days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who
being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his
power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so
much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  For unto which of
the angels said he at any time, "THOU ART MY SON, THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE? And again, I WILL BE
TO HIM A FATHER, AND HE SHALL BE TO ME A SON? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the
  Hebrews 1:1-6

-  God set Jesus apart from any other heavenly being except Himself.  The Son of God was far superior to any
prophet.  He was far superior to the heavenly hosts, the messengers of God.

  • There was a period of "humiliation" when Jesus the Son was made a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5;
    Hebrews 2:7,9), when He took upon Himself the form of human likeness and became a man, "...made himself of
    no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found
    in fashion as a man he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
    Philippians 2:7,8.  Jesus stripped Himself of His Heavenly glory and took upon Himself the form of man.

  • As a man Jesus paid the price and successfully endured all the testings and temptings of humanity so that
    humanity might be freed from sin, "...For we have not an high priest [Jesus] which cannot be touched with the
    feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15   Jesus did
    not fail the test.  Jesus Christ died on the cross, and because He consummated God's great plan of redemption,
    He has all authority.  

  • After His resurrection and ascension, to the mercy seat of  Heaven, He presented His own Blood as the
    atonement for the sins of man (Hebrews 9:12)  Jesus once again assumed His pre-incarnate position of dignity
    with the Father:  He was highly exalted far above principalities and angelic hosts (Philippians 2:9).  This more
    excellent Name that Jesus obtained was obtained first by right of inheritance - His permanent possession.

  • An angel proclaimed that the Savior would be born:  that He would come into the earth in human form taking on
    a flesh and blood body,  " But while he [Joseph] thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord
    appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for
    that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name
    JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."  Matthew 1:20,21  Just as your earthly father had
    something to do with your conception from which you inherited his name, God had everything to do with the
    conception of Jesus - it was not a natural conception.  Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost.  Not only
    did God work through the Holy Spirit in Jesus' conception, but God was very explicit about what Jesus' Name was
    to be.  There was a reason for that; God had reserved that Name for the individual, His Son, who would receive
    it by inheritance.  Hence, if we are born again, because we are God's children, whatever goes with the Name of
    Jesus belongs to us - it is our inheritance.

  • God gave Jesus His Name by inheritance.  But Jesus gave His Name to the Church, giving us power of attorney
    to use His inherited name (Matthew 28:18,19).  In the natural, it is possible for someone not to understand the
    full meaning and significance of the name they have inherited.  Similarly, the significance of the Name of Jesus
    probably was not fully realized or understood until the time of His resurrection from the dead.  What we do know
    positively is that Jesus was given the Name above every name, "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; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus
    Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."  Philippians 2:9-11  This passage clearly indicated that Jesus was
    exalted.  This exaltation is consistent with the honor and power of the Name [Jesus].

  • Jesus' Name was bestowed upon Him, and He has a name that is above every name.  If something has
    a name, Jesus' Name is above that name.  In other words, if you can name it, Jesus is above it.  If it is in Heaven
    it has to bow.  If it is in the earth, it has to bow.  If it is under the earth, it has to bow to the Name of Jesus, for He
    is the King of kings and the Lord of lords and possesses the Name that is above every name!  Jesus is alive and
    victorious as the King of kings and Lord of lords.  It does not matter what we feel or what is coming or going.  At
    the Name of Jesus, every demon in hell has to fall, every circumstance on earth has to fall, every angelic being
    has to bow.  Jesus' Name is a title of dignity and power above all creatures, men, angels, all the inhabitants of
    Heaven and earth; the living and the dead must all pay homage to His Diety.  Paul bring this out in his writings,
    "...when he [God] raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above
    all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but
    also in that which is to come:"  Ephesians 1: 20,21  Paul tells us that Jesus' Name is the Name above every
    name, not only now, but in the world to come when He will come again in glory as the King of kings and Lord of
    lords (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16).

  • God not only gave Jesus a name, He gave Him a Name to which three worlds must bow - the heavenly world,
    the earthly world, and the spiritual "underworld."  When Jesus arose from the grave, He had the keys of death,
    hell, and the grave in His hand.  Before that,  Satan had the keys.  Through His Name, Jesus has given authority
    and power to His Church.  That name is available to you and I today as believers in the finished work of Christ at
    Calvary.  That Name [Jesus] will work everywhere, in every situation and under all circumstances.

  • The devil is "chasing Christians around and making them hurt themselves."  We must realize that the devil is a
    defeated foe; he has been put to naught by Jesus Himself.  He cannot legally do anything to you - in your own
    life, that you do not permit him to do (whether by permission of consent or a permission of ignorance).  
    Christians need to turn around and put him on the run.  The devil is a defeated foe and with the Name of Jesus,
    you can enforce his defeat in your own life.

Jesus came out of the grave with authority over the devil, sin, sickness, disease, poverty, and lack
and He was given the Name above every name.  All your authority, all your blessing, and all your
answered prayer is wrapped up in the Name of  Jesus.  That name will make His conquest a reality
in your life.  That Name will accomplish whatever you need according to the Word.  You must
accept and reconcile the truth that because of the Name of Jesus, Satan has no right or authority
in your life - he has no right to dominate you.  It is only when you do not know the truth that he can
take advantage of you and dominate you - the truth shall set you free (John 8:32, 36).

  • Jesus' Name has the power to get things done - in heaven, in earth, and under the earth.  Because of the
    position He holds and because His Name was received by inheritance, bestowal, and conquest, His is the Name
    that is above every name.  At the Name of Jesus, everything that has a name must bow.  All of your
    problems have names; therefore, they must bow to the Name of Jesus.  By the shed blood of the Lord
    Jesus Christ, we have power of attorney to use the Name.

  • Because Jesus received His Name by conquest, the Bible says all things have been put under His feet, "...And
    hath put all things under his [Jesus'] feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,"  Ephesians
    1:22.  By the shed Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have power of attorney to use that Name and know without
    doubt, that the devil is under our feet because of the Name of Jesus.


-  The "Key" is in His Name - the Name of Jesus.  Jesus is the Mediator, the Intercessor, the Advocate, the Lord who
stands between us and the Father.  Let us lift up His Name for He obtained the key to our spiritual authority and then
gave us the key.  He gave us the authority to do works in His Name,
"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I
am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death."
Revelation 1:18

  • Where the Word says that Jesus had possession of the "keys of hell and death, "  It is not talking about death
    as the cessation of life, but about spiritual death.  In other words, through Him, spiritual death could no longer
    have dominion over those who accepted Jesus as Savior and received eternal life.

  • Jesus gave us the "key."  He delegated authority to us.  The key is in the Name, "He that believeth and is
    baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that
    believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents;
    and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall
    recover."  Mark 16:16-18  He has commanded us to cast out devils, heal the sick, and receive whatever the
    Word promises His Name.  At the Name of Jesus, angels stand at attention; humanity falls on its face; and
    demons tremble like a leaf in the wind.  The Name of Jesus works anywhere, anytime.

  • The Name is the key to signs and wonders, "...these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall
    they..."  These signs shall accompany the believing one.

  • The Name of Jesus encompasses, enwraps, and encircles all of the majesty, power, and glory that it has ever
    had from time immemorial.  His Name with all its power, authority, might, dominion, and dignity is yours and mine
    today.  The Name, Jesus, reverberates with power to bring the tangible Presence of God on the scene.  The
    Name of Jesus evokes in us the confidence to be able to go out and conquer situations and circumstances in life.

  •  Jesus never walked in defeat during his earthly ministry.  He never found Himself without power to heal or
    deliver because the Name stands for the Person; the Name stands for honor; the Name stands for the glory; the
    Name stands for authority; the Name stands for the power vested in that Name which is yours and mine to use.  
    "...All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in
    the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Matthew 28:18, 19


Believers have authority in the Name of Jesus - it belongs to us.  Jesus said in Luke 10:19, "Behold, I give unto you
power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt
you."  This word "power"
could also be translated authority.  We have power and authority in the Name of Jesus!  We
have the power of attorney to use the Name of Jesus. We have the power to use that Name in prayer; We can use that
Name in dealing with demons; and we can use that Name in ministering healing.

We can use the name in agreeing in His name

'Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done
for them of my Father which is in heaven.
 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in
the midst of them.
"  Matthew 18:19,20  For the prayer of agreement to be effective, Jesus must be honored in our
midst.  That is why Jesus is there, "in the midst of them," when two or three agree in prayer in His Name.  He is there to
make sure that what was agreed upon comes to pass.

The secret to the power and authority in Jesus' Name lies in the fact that He is with us.  And where Jesus is present, so
is His power.  He is with us in the power and authority of His Name.  Of course, Jesus is always present, because He
indwells believers by His Spirit.  But when believers gather in Jesus' Name, He is there in their midst in the power and
authority of His Name - that's how things get accomplished to the glory of God - in the Name of Jesus.  We do not
receive our every need met just because we are born again and Jesus lives in us.  It's the power and authority in that
Name that gets us the thing we need and want in life.  Some people just want to barely get by, and they call that
humility.  But if you will study the Word, you will find out that God is not talking about our barely getting by; He is talking
about our having an abundant supply left over after all of our needs are met.

Kenneth Hagin, Jr, says, " Many, Many times, I have used the wonderful Name of Jesus to march out of tests and trials
victoriously.  I have used that Name to receive protection in the midst of danger.  I have used the Name to command
sickness and disease to leave my body and the bodies of my children.  And I have used the Name to receive my
financial needs met."  

Glorify God not the Devil

The difficulties of life come to us all, but let's turn our talking about the circumstances around.  Let's get hold of the
Word and talk about what the Word has to say so we can believe God for victory and watch those circumstances
change.  In other words, we can say, "We had a tough time financially last month, but, thank God, the Word says that
God meets every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I praise God ahead of time that we are going
over the top in Jesus' Name."  It's all right to recognize the facts and acknowledge your problems.  But once you do
that, take your stand and declare your victory.

Faith in the Name

Why doesn't the Name seem to perform the kind of miracles seen in Acts?  Faith in the Name of Jesus.  It's not faith in
the Word, per se, though you do have to have faith in the Word to have faith in the Name.  You have to believe in the
Name!  In other words, you need to realize the power in the precious Name of Jesus,  He said to them,
"Go into all the
world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall
speak with new tongues;....."
 Mark 16:15-17   This is the Great Commission.  It all stems from His Name, and it is
carried out in His Name.  It is all in His Name. But we have to have faith in the Name.

Peter was rehearsing the healing of the lame man who sat at the Gate called Beautiful,
"And his name through faith in
his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know:  yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect
soundness in the presence of you all."
 Acts 3:16 His faith was in the Name of Jesus, not in the name of Peter or John
or any other disciples.


  • We exercise the authority Jesus gave us by "saying something."  "We have to "speak the word only."  We have
    to say, "In the Name of Jesus, every demon, every sickness, every bit of poverty and anything with a
    name that is hindering me has to flee, because it is all under the authority of the Name that is above
    every Name.

  • The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has possession of that Name.  Those who are born again by the Blood of
    Jesus have that authority.  They have the power in Jesus' Name.  You do not even have to be baptized in the
    Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues to use that Name.  He gave it to us.  He gave us the
    key.  We are His delegates and representatives throughout the world to do His works in his Name.

  • The Name is for every born-again child of God.  Yet the attitude of many in the church world is reflective of
    orphans, having been left hopeless and helpless.  They have a 'poor ole me' attitude, seemingly always having
    others pray for them that they will "hold out faithful to the end."  That is not New Testament Christianity!  New
    Testament Christianity is expressed in First John 4:4, "...greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
    - the Spirit of Jesus Christ.  What do you have because His Spirit is in you?  You have authority; you have a
    right to use His Name! Romans 8:32 and Hebrews 13:5,6 respectively tells us who we are in Jesus and Who He
    is to us because of the Name:  "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."
    and "...I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will
    not fear what man shall do unto me.

  • Many of us have been defeated and have robbed ourselves of many blessings that should be ours:  1)  We
    have failed to understand the power and the purpose in the Name of Jesus, 2)  We have failed to realize that the
    Name belongs to us, 3)  And we have failed to appropriate that Name for ourselves, acting on the authority that
    we have been given.

  • Our legal document is the New Covenant, the New Testament.  Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father,
    but He left us His Name.  In that Name is vested all power, glory, and majesty.  Now it is up to you to do
    something with the Name of Jesus.  Do not let the Word of God or the Name of Jesus "hang on a wall or lie on a
    table."  Pick it up and begin to march forward to receive what belongs to you.


The Early Church lived with the Name of Jesus on their lips. So the Name of Jesus should be on our lips at all times.  
When you understand the magnitude of that Name and are continually conscious of it, others will notice.  Acts 4:13
"...when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men,
they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus."

The believers in the Early Church were taught the important truth of doing everything in the Name of Jesus.  They
must have understood the benefits in the Name of Jesus better than believers seem to today.  They probably used
and appropriated the Name continually in every area of their lives.  Just as the Name should be a part of our everyday
lives, too,
" 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."
 Colossians 3:17  The Early Church lived with the Name of Jesus on their lips and it produced results,
not only in their lives, but in those who were outside the Church - sinners.

  • Those outside the Church feared the Name of Jesus.  For instance, when Peter and John were taken into
    custody after the man was healed at the Gate called Beautiful, the priests and the religious people said, "But
    that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in
    this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus."  
    Acts 4:17,18

  • Start walking with Jesus, start doing everything you do in His Name.  In other words, if you sweep the floor,
    sweep it in the Name of Jesus.  If you mow the lawn, do it in the Name of Jesus.  If you teach school, teach in the
    Name of Jesus, if you are a singer, sing in the Name of Jesus.  Whatever we do, we are to do it in the Name.  We
    are to live in the Name of Jesus!

  • Lifting up Jesus brings the anointing - the power of God.  The Name of Jesus brings peace and lifts up your
    spirit.  The Name will change the atmosphere of your surroundings because the devil can't stay around where
    you are using the Name properly.  You have only to speak the Name, loudly if necessary.

  • We are to live Holy in the Name, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be
    not deceived:  neither fornicator, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with
    mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of
    God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of
    the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."  1 Corinthians 9-11  It is very clear from reading this that people in
    certain categories, unless they accept the Lord Jesus Christ and are delivered, are not going to see Heaven.  It
    does not matter whether they go to church or even say they are preachers - apart from the Name of the Lord
    Jesus Christ, no one will "inherit the Kingdom of God."

Where morals are involved, the Bible is plain on the subject, We have no leeway. First Corinthians 6:9 and 10 lists a
terrible "catalog" of sin.  But there is power in the Name, the Name of Jesus.  The Name of Jesus can deliver a person
from all the things mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 10.  Maybe you've already experienced the cleansing,
sanctifying, justifying power in the Name of Jesus!  Others still need to experience that power in their lives.  Hence, we
know there is deliverance and forgiveness in the Name of Jesus.

  • We are to give thanks in the Name.  Not only do we receive blessings and benefits in that Name, we are to give
    thanks in the Name;  Ephesians 5:20 says, "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the
    name of our Lord Jesus Christ;" and Hebrews 13:15 says, "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."  The word continually, means all the time.  
    That does not mean that twenty-four hours a day we should continuously praise God with our mouths, but we
    should continually have a thankful attitude toward God. Continually offer up the sacrifice of praise from your lips,
    giving thanks to His Name.

  • We are to anoint the sick in the Name.  James 5:14 says, "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: And the prayer of faith
    shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."  
    Since the early believers did all these things in the Name of Jesus, the latter believers need to do them in the
    Name of Jesus too.  In this scripture, we learn that believers are to pray for and anoint the sick in the Name of
    Jesus. Verse 15 shows us the result of that kind of praying and anointing in the Name.

  • We are commanded to believe on the Name of Jesus and to love one another.  The Bible teaches that we are
    to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and His Name. Before you can do all the aforementioned things, you first
    have to believe on the Name.  Actually, it's a commandment, "And this is his commandment, That we should
    believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment."1 John 3:23  
    There is power in keeping God's command to love one another and there is power in the Name of Jesus.  So in
    keeping God's command to believe on the Name and to walk in love, there is great power.

  • We have spiritual authority in the Name.  We must learn to exercise that authority before we will see any results
    or benefits.  Mark 16:17-19 list the signs that will follow the preaching of the Word and the use of the Name,
    "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new
    tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay
    hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up
    into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God."

The first sign in the passage that Jesus said would follow or accompany believing ones in His name, "...In my Name
shall they cast out devils..." (verse 17).  Jesus said the first sign that would accompany His believing ones was casting
out demons.  In other words, we can exercise authority over demon power in the Name of Jesus.  If you are a believer,
then you have authority and power to cast out demons in the Name of Jesus. Rely on the Word of God as your
textbook to guide and instruct you.  For example, when Paul and Silas were travelling to a place of prayer and  were
met by a slave girl "who had a spirit by which she predicted the future...[and] earned a great deal of money for her
owners by fortune-telling."  Acts 16:16-18  This girl followed them around for days shouting "praises" of Paul and
Silas.  When Paul became annoyed with her behavior,
"...Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned round and
said to the spirit, "
In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!"  At that moment the spirit left
her."  (verse 18)  Notice that when Paul spoke, he did not speak to the girl, but to the spirit.  The Bible says that we do
not wrestle against flesh and blood
"...but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places"
 Ephesians 6:12  In other words, people aren't our problem; its
the evil spirits that influence people that are the real problem.

Paul said to that spirit,
"...I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her..." Acts 16:18.  And that
spirit came out of her. Many people who do not understand the operation of demons try to deal with the person when
an evil spirit is manifesting itself through someone.  But again, its not the individual we are to deal with; it's the spirit
controlling the individual that we must deal with.  A person can yield to an evil spirit without being possessed and taken
over by an evil spirit (demon possession is not as common in the United States as it is in other countries).  We do not
fast, we do not pray, we do not lay hands on a person who has yielded to an evil spirit.  We do what the Bible tells us
to do - cast out the devil in the Name of Jesus.  Many Christians have neglected the use of the Name of Jesus in
dealing with demon power, because they have not understood the power that is in the Name or how to use their
spiritual authority in that Name.

Kenneth E. Hagin was holding a series of meetings.  One morning, someone brought a lady to church and had her
sit down in the back of the auditorium because she was carrying on and making all kinds of noise.  The person sitting
next to her was laying hands on this lady and praying in tongues to no avail. Brother Hagin said, "We've got to minister
to this lady; she has an evil spirit."  He asked almost everyone to leave the room, because he didn't want a big crowd
of people in there who didn't understand how to deal with the devil.  Then He grabbed this lady's hand and looked her
straight in the eyes and said, "In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, come out!"  The evil spirit answered, "I don't
want to!" "I know you don't," Brother Hagin responded, "but in the Name of Jesus, you'll have to come out!"  At that
moment, the woman fell to the floor, writhing, but within minutes, she was completely restored.

You Cannot Use the Name to Violate Another's Will

Kenneth E. Hagin was holding a meeting in New York.  While Brother Hagin was conducting the meeting, a woman was
being escorted toward the door by the ushers, cursing and using every kind of foul language.  Kenneth Hagin, Jr.  
began talking to the woman who settled down a bit and she returned to the service. However, he also instructed one of
the associates to keep an eye on her and to repeat these words:  'In the Name of Jesus." He knew that those evil
spirits which were influencing her would try to act up again.  Two associates positioned themselves right by the woman
and both kept repeating 'In the Name of Jesus' until the woman got up and started walking up the aisle to the front of
the church where she found a seat.  Brother Hagin was on the platform conducting the meeting, but when the woman
started acting up again, he simply said, "In the Name of Jesus" and kept right on going with his message.  About twenty
minutes later, she started up again.  This time, Brother Hagin said, "I told you in the Name of Jesus to behave."  The
woman settled down and never disrupted the service again.  After the service, Brother Hagin told this woman that she
could be delivered from that (evil spirit) if she wanted to be.  But she replied, "No, I like it this way.  I get attention
yielding to this 'thing' that comes upon me."  Brother Hagin could not help her, no one could help her as long as she
did not want to be helped.  

If someone wants to keep on yielding to an evil spirit, you can't help him.  However, in the Name of Jesus, the person
does have to be quiet while you are ministering.  Because when you are ministering, you have a certain authority to
stop any evil spirit that tries to hinder, embarrass, or intimidate you in any way.  We must remember that the devil is
frightened of Jesus' Name.  If we don't use our God-given authority in our own lives, no one else will - no one else has
authority over the devil in matters that concern us, whether it be our physical health, finances, family, job, or ministry.

Boundaries to Your Spiritual Authority

The responsibility of taking authority is yours in your own home, family, finances, property, etc., so that the enemy
cannot come in to try to steal, kill, and destroy.  You do not have authority over anyone or anything outside your God-
given authority (your spere of authority). The most important thing we must understand is that we have the power over
devils and demons in the Name of Jesus.  And we need to understand that we have that power, not because of who we
are, or how much faith we have, or how much we can pray in tongues.  We have power and authority because of Jesus
- because we have His Name.  The Name of Jesus will work now just like it did in the Book of Acts: the disciples used
the Name of Jesus in deliverance (Acts 16:18), Paul used the Name in deliverance in Ephesians 1:18-23 and
Philippians 2:10.

Use your authority!  Talk to your situation.  Speak to it in the Name of Jesus.  Tell the devil that he must turn loose of
your finances.  Tell him that he has to stop harassing your mind!  Then thank the Father in the Name of Jesus that His
Word is true and that the situation is taken care of.  It's all in the Name.

  • We need to understand  that when it comes to asking God to meet our needs, we have the authority of the
    Name of Jesus.  But that authority doesn't extend to someone else's life.  In other words, you cannot push your
    authority off on others.  Their wills are involved.

  • You do not have authority to use the Name to get something for someone else unless he is a baby Christian.  
    And you never have the authority to push something off on someone against his will.  So many times we want to
    pray for others in the Name of Jesus, but their thinking and their believing can nullify our faith.  They have a
    right to believe the way they want to believe.  A person can be saved, filled with the Spirit, and live right in line
    with the Word in some areas and yet not live in line with the Word in other areas, such as receiving his needs

  • We cannot use our God-given authority in the Name of Jesus to get something for someone else unless he or
    she wants it.  In other words, we cannot pray for something for someone else against his or her will. On the other
    hand, however, the unbelief of someone else cannot nullify your praying in Jesus' Name for things concerning
    your own life.  The unbelief of others cannot hinder your receiving what belongs to you in that Name.

  • God will answer you when you pray according to His Word and continue to believe His Word without wavering.  
    It may not happen tomorrow, the next day, or even the next week or month, but it will happen if you do your part.  
    Let us count it done when we pray and praise God in faith until the answer comes.  Do not get hung up on what
    you see or do not see - relying on your senses, let's get hung up on the fact that there's power in the Name.

  • Many times people will pray, often in line with the Word, but their heart is not in it.  They talk from their head and
    not from their heart.  The Bible says that it's, ".. with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the
    mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:10  It is possible to repeat scriptures and make
    confession out of your head and not your heart simply because you have been taught to make those
    confessions.  That is why meditation in the Word is so important.  The Word of God has to be in your heart for it
    to be effective.  If your confession is coming from your heart, your heart or spirit can bring the natural man - soul
    and body - into submission to your spirit, to what you are believing with your spirit.  Believing begins in the heart  
    When you believe the Word of God with your heart, you are actually believing it in the power of the Name of
    Jesus, and you will say with it with conviction.


The Scofield Bible says, "Salvation is the great inclusive word of the Gospel, gathering unto itself all the redemptive
acts and processes."  Salvation includes the remission and forgiveness of sin, but it includes a whole lot of other
benefits too, " Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.."  Psalm 103:2

Salvation includes:

-  The Remission of sin in the Name

-  Forgiveness in the Name

-  Healing in the Name

-  Quickening (of the mortal body) in the power of the Name

-  Salvation by confession of the Name

-  Deliverance in the Name


As we read the New Testament, and especially the Epistles, you'll see phrases such as "in Him," "in whom," "through
whom," and so forth that speak of your position as a believer.  These passages speak of your union with Him and your
legal standing and place in the family of God.  As believer, we are "in Christ," so we have His Name. Through our union
with Him, we can take that Name and bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God.

-  We are Jesus' representatives (or ambassadors, 2 Corinthians 5:20) here on earth.  As such, we have authorization
to use His Name and to bear much fruit through our union with him.  The reason we are representatives of Jesus in the
earth is that He is physically at the right hand of the Father on High.  He completed His earthly ministry in the flesh
when He was crucified at Calvary.  But Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  
Since that is true, then Jesus is still willing to heal, deliver, and set free all who are bound today - just as He was willing
to heal, deliver, and set free when He walked on the earth.  What did Jesus do when He was on the earth,
"How God
anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were
oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
Acts 10:38

  • What are we to do on this earth as Jesus' representatives?  We are to take His Name and do as He did in this
    world.  Jesus, "...went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed of the devil....." That is why He gave us
    His Name and the authorization to use that Name - to do what He did on the earth.  John 14:12 says, "...He that
    believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go
    unto my Father."  Whatever the need of mankind, Jesus can meet it.  He paid the price in His death, burial, and
    resurrection.  We are not supposed to be walking around, conquered and beat down.  We are supposed to be
    walking around in His Name, doing what He did when He was on earth.  Jesus has not changed.  He is still willing
    to heal and meet the needs of all who call upon Him. As representatives of Jesus, we are to point people to Him
    and introduce them to Jesus our Savior, Deliverer, Healer, and Baptizer.  This is part of the fruit we are to bear
    in His Name.

  • We not only have the authority Jesus gave us, we also have His compassion.  And as He is, so are we in this
    world.  That is why we need to understand the Name of Jesus and the power therein.

  • We must also understand who we are in Christ; "...if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
    passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 When you get hold of the reality of your
    union with Christ, you will use your God-given authority to take your place as a new creature in Christ and as a
    representative of Jesus on the earth.  You will step out in the Name of Jesus and demonstrate the power of God
    in that Name.  Demonstrations of the power of God in the Name of Jesus is what brings crowds to church.  A
    pastor does not have to launch a major ad campaign or get on the radio and television.  If he understands the
    Name of Jesus and teaches his people that they are the righteousness of God in Christ, his people will bear
    much fruit and his church will grow.

We Can Reign in Life Through the Name

As Christians, we are to rule and reign in life by Jesus Christ and by His Name, "For if by one man's offence death
reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life
by one, Jesus Christ."
 Romans 5:17  You could rephrase the first part of this scripture like this: "For if by Adam's
offense, spiritual death came, that is poverty, hatred, lying, sickness, and so forth.  If it falls under the devils category
it's there because of Adam's offense."

This verse tells us that we are to rule and reign over poverty and sickness, really, over anything that is of the devil.

Our Inheritance in Christ

Jesus said He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10)  That applies to our spiritual and
natural lives.  Bearing fruit in the Name includes appropriating the blessings and benefits God has provided for us in
Christ.  We are to live a victorious life.  We need to learn to reign in life through the Name of Jesus and through the
Word.  We need to believe God's Word despite our circumstances and learn to rise above the circumstances -
sickness, disease, poverty, and defeat,
"Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of
the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into
the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin:"
Colossians 1:12-14

We can reign in life, not because of who we are in ourselves but because of who we are in Christ.  We are one with
Him.  We have His Name.  That's where the power is; that is where the deliverance is; and that is where the reigning in
life is - in the Name!


In John 16:23,24, Jesus tells us how to use His Name effectively in prayer, "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."

We are to count on whatever we pray about in line with God's Word to come to pass in the Name of Jesus.  We are to
conclude our praying to the Father in the "Name of Jesus."

Many people say they are not receiving from God or that they feel as if God has left them.  Just because a person is
not honoring God's Word and standing on it in faith does not mean God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit will leave that
person.  The Holy Spirit will continue to try to woo and teach him and try to get him to walk in the light of the Word.  He
will try to deal with the person.  If you are not sticking with the Word, believing it in your heart and confessing it, God
won't leave you.  He just won't be able to get involved in the situations and circumstances of your life like He wants to,
because you are not cooperating with Him.

We Have Not Because We Ask Not

John 16:24 says, " Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."  
Many people simply do not ask.  They do not understand their right to go straight to the Father in Jesus' name. Who is
supposed to ask?  The person who wants something.  Too many times people go to others trying to get them to ask
God on their behalf, but that is not the way it works in the Kingdom of God.  Jesus said we are supposed to do the
asking.  We are supposed to use the Name in prayer and receive answers - that our joy may be full.


Jesus is the Bridegroom, and we are His bride.  That is how God the Father has planned it, and that is the only way His
plan will work properly.

The Lord desires to call us married, and even as the young bridegroom rejoices over and delight in his bride, so the
Lord desires to rejoice over  and delight in you and me.  As we live in extreme obedience, and as those who are
married, we will see an increase in the power of God released as we use the Name of His Son Jesus.

Obedience is important!  The ability is not in us (apart from the Lord's help) to be perfectly obedient, but if we have a
willing heart within us, and if we do what we can do, then He will send His Spirit to do what we cannot do.  

The longer you are in a relationship with the Lord, the more you should grow in your love for Him.  The more you love
Him, the more you will obey Him.


Jesus, NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES,  by Kenneth Hagin Jr., Copyright 1998 RHEMA Bible Church.

THE Word, THE Name, THE Blood, by Joyce Meyer, Copyright 1995, Warner Books, Inc.