When Jesus left and the Holy Spirit He promised appeared in Acts chapter two, we began to read of incredible things happenings to and through ordinary men, most of them uneducated. Peter the ineloquent man spoke and three thousand souls were converted to Christ in one day via one Holy Spirit inspired sermon that one can easily read through in less than five minutes. Apart from supernatural church growth, he and John saw and ministered to a lame beggar in chapter three in the name of Jesus and the man who could only go as far as the temple gate ran in with rejoicing. We could go on and on and all that we can see in the book of Acts of the Apostles has to do with what God can do through yielded men.
Those men, the Apostles and the disciples who listened to their doctrine like Stephen, Phillip and the others were men who committed what they heard to action. They never did what they did for pride. They were empire builders for God. They never did what they did by their natural abilities, they did all they did IN THE NAME OF THE KING- JESUS.
Nothing has hindered the effectiveness of our Christian service today like the fear of failure. This fear of failure comes from us listening to the devil who comes to tell us that we cannot be like the men of old. This old serpent comes to tell us that we cannot be used by God and he goes ahead to list our faults. Even when we try to brush him aside, he causes us to doubt and says ‘what you pray and nothing happens?’ The truth is that, if it comes from the devil, it is a lie!
We have to wake up. We have to snap out of our slumber and begin to become all that we were made to be. As Bishop will say, ‘if you give the devil attention, he will give you tension.’ We need to focus on what God says about us and about our assignments.
He calls us gods and sons (Ps 82:6, Joh 1:12), the untouchable apple of His eye (Zec 2:8), His own servants and messengers whose words He confirms and whose counsels He performs (Isa 44:26), the sent ones (Matt 28:19-20), the empowered ones (Acts 1:8), the saviours coming out of Zion unto the world (Obd 1:21) and so on and on.
We have to go out there like the men of old did. We are not going out because we are strong. We are going out IN THE NAME OF THE KING. The men of old preached and taught in the name of Jesus. They healed in the name of Jesus. They said in Acts 4: 10, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.”
If you truly believe that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8) and that He called you out of the darkness into His marvelous light, bringing you out of damnation into salvation so that you can in line with Philippians 1:29 “not only believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;” you must get ready to go out IN THE NAME OF THE KING. Let us lose colts. Knowing the terror of the Lord (2Co 5:11), let us go into the world and persuade men under God to turn from their ways. Let us exercise our authority in Christ to bring unto this needy humanity the dividends of divinity.
As the people could not resist the disciples when Jesus asked them to go lose the colt, so also, when we step out IN THE NAME OF THE KING, sinners will repent, the sick will be healed, the oppressed will be delivered and prisoners set free. The King is Jesus. At the name of Jesus, every knee bows and every tongue will confess that He is Lord, under heaven and under the earth so the father will be glorified.
When we go out in the name of the king, there is no fear of failure, only an expectation that we will return with joy saying, even the devils are subject to us IN THE NAME OF THE KING, even though our greatest joy is that our names are written in the book of life. Let us step out and do exploits IN THE NAME OF THE KING, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.