The name of Jesus holds so much power. In Hebrew Jesus means “God Saves.” It is both His identity and what He was sent to Earth to accomplish. When I think of the name of Jesus I think of: Savior, Messiah, Emmanuel, Shepherd, Power, Healer, Blessed, Name above all Names, and Prince of Peace. In His name “Jesus” we place our hope.
One of my favorite aspects of His character, that I lean into so often, is Prince of Peace. I frighten very easily. Since I was a little girl the dark has bothered me, especially when I am alone. My mom taught me at an early age to say the name of Jesus and all evil must flee. It gave me complete peace in those moments in the dark that I only had to call upon Jesus’ name and He is here with me.
One example of this, is when I was younger and would get frightened walking outside in the dark (It could have happened last week…when I went to turn off a light in the garage that had been left on, maybe.) I would start off walking thinking “I’ve got this, I’m calm.” Then with my eyes wide my steps getting a little quicker and my heart starts beating a little faster. I then very calmly proclaim “Satan get behind me, because I belong to Jesus.” A few steps later I am now at a slow jog, then a fast sprint and with every step I take I am saying the name of Jesus. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…Until I burst through the door and into the light. (I can only imagine how this looks if someone was to video me.) Satan knows that this is a weakness of mine and He pounces. Every. Single. Time.
2 Samuel 22:3-4 tells us, “My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior-from violent people you save me. “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.”
We see in this verse that we are to call upon the Lord, for He is worthy! He knows there is a spiritual battle going on and He is there for all of us. We just need to call upon the Lord and we can rest assured that He is there to save us from our enemies. So, I can stop sprinting and yelling out Jesus’ name to Satan and instead walk with the confidence of a Christ follower ready to battle evil with the power of the precious name of Jesus!
Be bold, Be brave, Be blessed!