The Name of Jesus belongs to you as a Christian, and you have a right to use that Name. But you need to know the power and the authority that’s in Jesus’ Name, and you must learn to exercise that authority.
12 Verily, verily, I [Jesus] say unto you, 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.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Many times, when we just sort of “skim” over the Word of God, we miss the impact of what the Word is saying. For example, many people believe that John
14:12-14 is a reference to the subject of prayer. However, a closer examination of this passage will reveal that it is really referring to the believer’s right to exercise spiritual authority in the Name of Jesus.
Make a Demand in the Name of Jesus
According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, the meaning of the Greek word “ask” in John 14:13,14 implies a demand of something due. Jesus told the disciples, “If ye shall ASK [demand] any thing IN MY NAME, I WILL DO IT” (John 14:14). Jesus was not talking about prayer here; He was talking about using His Name as a basis for authority.
In the Early Church, healing was used as a means of advertising the Gospel as well as a means of blessing and helping people. The Apostle Peter knew that there is power in the Name of Jesus. Peter used the authority in that Name to command sickness and disease to go.
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 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.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.
12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16 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.
Peter didn’t demand anything of God when he commanded, “. . . In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (v. 6). You see, God never made that man crippled to begin with—Satan did. Peter used the Name of Jesus to set the crippled man free from the bondage of Satan. Peter demanded that the man arise and walk in Jesus’ Name, because Jesus said, “Whatever you demand in My Name, I will do!”
When the man was healed, the crowd thought that Peter and John had healed him. If people aren’t careful, they will look to man to heal them. Later in Acts
3:16, Peter told the people exactly how the crippled man had been made whole.
He said, “And HIS [Jesus’] 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. . . .” You see, it is that Name—the Name of Jesus— which guarantees the answer!
The Name of Jesus Belongs to You!
As Christians, the Name of Jesus belongs to us. Yet many times, that Name doesn’t mean as much to believers as it should because their thinking is wrong. If your thinking is wrong, your believing will be wrong; and if your believing is
wrong, then what you say will be wrong too. It all goes back to your thinking. You’ve got to get your thinking straightened out in order for the Name of Jesus to mean what it should mean to you.
The Bible says, “. . . faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). You’ve got to have faith in the Name of Jesus before that Name will produce results for you. When your faith in the Name of Jesus increases, then the results will increase!
Some Christians think of the Name of Jesus in the same way they think of a good luck charm. They have about as much faith in the Name of Jesus as they have in a rabbit’s foot! They say, “Maybe it will work,” or “I hope something good comes out of it.” As long as they just try the Name of Jesus as though it’s some sort of good luck charm—nothing will happen for them, unless God in His mercy intervenes on their behalf and does something for them in spite of themselves.
Using the Name of Jesus To Obtain Healing
The Name of Jesus belongs to you as a Christian, and you have a right to use that Name. When sickness or disease tries to attack you, you can command it to leave your body. That’s how I’ve been able to live for more than sixty-five years now without having a headache. I didn’t say symptoms of a headache never tried to attack me. I said I haven’t had a headache in more than sixty-five years. When a symptom came, I demanded it to leave in Jesus’ Name, and it left!
If sickness or disease comes to you, instead of accepting it and talking about your troubles, say, “In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, leave my body!” And the sickness or disease must go! You may say, “I tried that, and it didn’t work.” Using the Name of Jesus doesn’t work by trying it; it works by doing it! Your spirit man—the real you on the inside—is the ruler of your body. In other words, you are the ruler, or the caretaker of your own body. You are the one who must exercise dominion over it—not someone else.
I once read about a man who was the caretaker of some landscaped property. After repeated efforts to stop people from walking on the grass, this caretaker posted a sign that read: “Gentlemen will not, and others must not trespass on this property.” You see, you—not someone else—are the caretaker of your physical body, and you have a right to forbid Satan to trespass against your body with sickness or disease!
The Apostle Paul said, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself
should be a castaway” (1 Cor. 9:27). To bring something into subjection means to rule over something or to take authority over something.
I like what Smith Wigglesworth said: “If someone asks, ‘How is Smith Wigglesworth feeling today?’ I tell him, ‘I never ask Smith Wigglesworth how he feels; I tell him how he feels!’”
That’s right in line with what Paul said: “I bring my body into subjection.” Some Christians don’t bring their bodies into subjection—they are body-ruled. That’s what it means to be
carnal. Yet every Christian has the ability to bring his or her body into subjection, as Paul did. Just because Paul was an apostle, doesn’t mean he was any more saved than you are; he didn’t have any more authority over his body than you do over yours. But Paul exercised his authority. He brought his body into subjection.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Paul addressed the Book of Romans to believers. Romans 1:7 says, “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints. . . .” So Romans 12:1 applies to all the beloved of God, called to be saints—whether they are in Rome or in your own hometown. Paul admonished all believers: “. . . present your bodies a living sacrifice . . . which is your reasonable service” (v. 1). One translation says, “which is your spiritual service.” Paul said presenting your body to God as a living sacrifice is your spiritual service, and that applies to every believer.
You are the ruler of your own body. If you weren’t the ruler of your own body, then you couldn’t bring it into subjection, and you couldn’t present it to God as a living sacrifice according to Romans 12:1. You wouldn’t be able to take authority over any sickness or disease that might try to harm you. But you are the ruler of your own body, and, thank God, you have a right to freedom from pain, sickness, and disease in the Name of Jesus! But you must exercise the authority which belongs to you in that Name.
When you take authority over sickness or disease in your body and command it to leave in Jesus’ Name, you are demanding something due you: freedom from whatever it is that has attacked your body. John 14:14 says, “If ye shall ask [or demand] any thing in my name, I will do it.” You’re not demanding anything of God; you’re demanding something of demon forces because sickness and
disease come from the devil, not from God.
Jesus told the disciples to pray, “. . . Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). There isn’t any sickness in Heaven, and God doesn’t want you to be sick here on earth. When you take authority over sickness or disease in your body, you’re just taking your place as a child of God with certain rights. You’re just exercising your authority and demanding your rights!
Many times, however, Christians will just slip back into the natural, or back into religious thinking which tells them they don’t have a say-so about anything that happens to them. Rather than dominating their circumstances, these Christians are being dominated by their circumstances. They have been religiously brainwashed instead of New Testament taught.
We need to know the authority God has given us, believe in that authority, and exercise it. If we don’t know the authority God has given us as we should, we need to meditate upon the Scriptures which tell us who we are in Christ, and the authority which God has given us in the Name of Jesus.
The Name of Jesus won’t work just because you saw or heard someone else use it. That’s where folks miss it sometimes. They say, “Well, De Edifier said such-and-such.” But they don’t study the Word for themselves.
You must be convinced of the Word of God yourself and then act on the Word because you believe it’s true. The Name of Jesus will not work for you as it should until you apply yourself to the study of its meaning and its worth.
Using the Name of Jesus To Break the Power of the Devil
When you understand the authority you have in the Name of Jesus, you can also use that Name to break the power of the devil over unsaved people, particularly your unsaved loved ones. I began to study along this line in 1952, and I began to understand the authority we have in Jesus’ Name. Now I had been using the Name of Jesus for years, commanding sickness or pain or whatever tried to come against me to leave, and as I used that Name, it left. But I began to see that I could use Jesus’ Name to break the power of the devil over my loved ones, and then claim their salvation.
Before I began to see that I could use the Name of Jesus to break the power of the devil over my loved ones and claim their salvation, I spent a lot of time praying that my loved ones would be saved. One day the Holy Spirit showed me something about what I had been doing. The Holy Spirit made it clear to me that
if people knew the truth about Heaven and hell and if they understood that Jesus died to save them and give them eternal life, they would not go down the path, so to speak, that they normally would.
Then the Holy Spirit gave me this example: “No one in his right mind would drive his automobile 100 miles per hour past flashing red lights and signs that read, ‘WARNING! BRIDGE OUT!’ without stopping his automobile in order to avoid destruction.” But a person who was not in his right mind would! A drunk person, for example, is not in his right mind. A drunk person is not as alert as someone who is sober, and, consequently, he might not heed the red flashing lights and warning signs. The Bible says, “. . . the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Cor. 4:4).
As the Holy Spirit spoke to me about this, I could see in my spirit a multitude of people going down what appeared to be a highway. The multitude came to a place where the highway ended, and they plunged right over what looked like the edge of a cliff and went down into the pit of hell! The god of this world, Satan, had blinded their minds.
The Word says, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:130). Many times, if you expose a person to the Word, the Word will give him light, and spiritually he’ll be able to see the truth. But sometimes, the power which is controlling an unsaved person needs to be broken, or rendered ineffective before he can see the truth and act on it.
When I understood that I could use the Name of Jesus to break the power of the devil over my unsaved loved ones, I immediately said to myself, “I’ll do just that.” The meanest relative I had, my brother Dub, came to my mind. I thought if it works on him, it will work on anyone!
I had been reading the Bible, meditating, and praying. My Bible was opened to the Book of Philippians, so I stood and read Philippians 2:9.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him [Jesus], and given him A NAME WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME.
God highly exalted Jesus the Person and gave Him a Name which is above every name. And the Name and the Person are one. For example, if your name were John Smith, people wouldn’t think of you as Harvey Alligator. No. If they know your name, then when they think of you, they think of your name. Or, if they know your name, when they think of your name, they think of you. The name and the person are one. Thank God, the Lord Jesus Christ and His Name
Now let’s go on reading in Philippians chapter 2.
10 That at THE NAME OF JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Verse 10 says, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of THINGS in heaven, and THINGS in earth, and THINGS under the earth.” Other translations say “beings” instead of “things.” So we could read verse 10, “. . . every knee should bow, of beings in heaven, and beings in earth, and beings under the earth.” Beings in Heaven, in earth, and under the earth include angels and demons. In other words, angels and demons alike are subject to the Name of Jesus. They must surrender to that Name, because the Name of Jesus is superior to every name that can be named!
As I said earlier, I was standing with my Bible in my hand, opened to that portion of Scripture in the Book of Philippians. So I raised my other hand to Heaven and said, “I take the Name of Jesus and break the power of the devil over my brother Dub, and I claim his deliverance and salvation.”
When I took authority over the demons influencing Dub’s life and then claimed his salvation, that settled it for me. I didn’t even think about it or pray about it anymore. My brother Dub was the “black sheep” of the family. I didn’t even know where he was at the time I used the Name of Jesus on his behalf, but to me it was settled, and within three weeks he was saved!
Use the Name of Jesus in Faith
When you get the revelation of the power and authority you have in the Name of Jesus, no one can steal that revelation from you. You must use the Name of Jesus in faith; otherwise, you will be ineffective and you won’t get results. Unbelief cries and begs and pleads, but faith speaks and then shouts the victory!
Through faith in the Name of Jesus, you can exercise authority over the power of the enemy in your life, and experience deliverance, healing, and victory! Jesus said, “If ye shall ask [demand] any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14). I didn’t get the revelation of that scripture just by reading it once or twice; I didn’t get it by hearing someone else’s testimony of how it worked for them. I got the revelation of the power of the Name of Jesus by careful study, meditation, and
application of the truth of God’s Word.
Someone might say, “Well, I don’t know about that. I tried using the Name of Jesus once, and it didn’t work.” Once the reality of the authority that’s in the Name of Jesus has dawned on
you—once the authority that’s in the Name of Jesus has become a reality in your spirit—your days of trying will be over, and your days of doing will begin!
Every believer should clearly understand the power and authority in the Name of Jesus and the believer’s right to use that Name. Meditate upon the scriptures that tell you who you are in Christ and what authority you have as a believer. As you do, those scriptures will become a reality to you. And you will begin to exercise your right to perfect deliverance from the bondage of Satan—for yourself and for your loved ones—in the Name of Jesus!