The name of Jesus is being forcefully contested by virtually all government-funded programs in our nation. Workers are told to not invoke Jesus’ name in prayer, instruction and in many so-called routine conversations.

The Marginalizing Of Jesus’ Name In The Early Church

The apostles faced the same problem when Peter and John healed a crippled man.

Acts 3:6 “Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

Peter pulls the crippled man up and his legs gain strength and he is miraculously healed! No one could deny he was crippled and no one can deny he was healed.

The Power In A Name

It’s interesting that in Acts 4 the Sanhedrin (which is likened to the US Supreme Court) question Peter and John about the healing.

Acts 4:7 “They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

How strange? Why did they ask by what POWER or NAME the crippled man was healed by?

The answer is found in what they all believed is found in a name.

“In Semitic (relating to or denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic) thought, a name does not just identify or distinguish a person; it expresses the very nature of his being. Hence the power of the person is present and available in the name of the person.”

In Jewish culture, when the name of a person is spoken the nature of His being is released. The power of the person is manifested in the name of the person.

The Lord’s very nature and all of heaven are expressed in His Name.

No wonder the Sanhedrin tried to marginalize the Name of Jesus because His very nature is released at the mention of it!

Here is what Peter and John said when the courts of Jewish law told them to stop using the Name of Jesus.

Acts 5:27-29 “The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than men!'”

The Attempt To Shut Down His Name

It’s not a coincidence that the Name of Jesus is being intentionally fought over in the battleground of our schools, military, libraries and virtually every other government agency.

It’s alarming to discover the number of public workplaces and government agencies who are using the guise of being “politically correct” as a means to intimidate believers from sharing their faith and His Name.

Say His Name Often

There needs to be a new boldness in the hearts of believers.

Say His Name often. Pray and declare Jesus’ Name in the marketplace, schools, malls, anywhere life takes you.

Realize that the Name of Jesus is far more than a tagline at the end of our prayers. His Name changes the atmosphere and releases His world into ours.


Question: Are you feeling that you would get in trouble for sharing your faith or using the name of Jesus in the workplace? 


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8 Comments

  1. Jacob Varughese Aug 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Awesome Pas. Greg. Thank you for encouraging us to be bold for Jesus and proclaim His name in the workplace and speak the truth boldly. (Acts 4:13,29,31) HOLY SPIRIT made them bold. Thank you for relating it to our current govt. system. Praise God.
    Check this out: “Word for the moment Aug 2014 with Bobby Conner

    God bless,
    Jacob.

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    1. Greg Simas Aug 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks, Jacob. I viewed the video and I believe this is a right on word from Bobby. I encourage all those who reading through the comments here to click the hyperlink and view the video. Timely. Accurate. Needed!

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  2. Cindy Aguilar Aug 26, 2014 at 8:40 am

    This is a great word! I’m really enjoying the amazing messages each Sunday. We are truly living in a time where we are seeing the world try to wipe out the Name Of Jesus. But Jesus said He has Overcome the world! Thanks PG for bringing life changing messages every Sunday!
    Blessings to You!
    Cindy

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    1. Greg Simas Aug 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks, Cindy. I do believe God is preparing the church for an awakening in our nation at the grassroot level.

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  3. success Aug 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

    God bless u sir.more grace in Jesus’ name.what i would like to add is that ‘if we call the name of Jesus and nothing happens; something is wrong somewhere that needs to be corrected’. It is consistent prayer that corrects it. May his name be effective in our mouth.

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    1. Greg Simas Aug 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      I fully agree here. One thing that is pretty obvious from the reading of the book of Acts is just how often they assembled as a House of Prayer to pray. I like what Rees Howells said, “history belongs to the intercessor”. Praying in His name and declaring His name must work together to release the full power of His name.

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  4. Brian Aug 26, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    “His Name changes the atmosphere and releases His world into ours.”

    Thanks for this post, Greg. You’ve deepened my appreciation for this issue. “By the blessing of the upright, a city is exalted.” Releasing and decreeing the name of Jesus is key. It’s no wonder the Adversary is wound up about this!

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    1. Greg Simas Aug 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Brian. Without question. Great verse you posted; Proverbs 11:11. How true this is. It would an interesting study to see if the marginalizing of the Name of Jesus has a trail throughout different periods of history up until the present. Thanks for dropping by!

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