Jesus prayed to the Father prior to leaving this world saying,
"protect them by the power of your name --the name you gave me-- so that they may be one as we are one." (Jn. 17:11)
Inherent Power in His Name Because of the Person who Holds that Name:
Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD --that you alone are the Most High over all the earth. (Ps. 83:18)Because of the inherent power of that name, we will find that protection Jesus prayed for when we call on His name. This is the power by which He created the heavens and earth. -- "Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." (Ps. 124:8)
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (Prov. 18:10)
The psalmist described how in the name of the Lord he was able to cut off those who surrounded him (Ps. 118:10-12) and trample his foes (Ps. 44:5). In God's name came deliverance and vindication (Ps. 54:1; 79:9).
Leaders, there is something about that name! God desires to protect you by His name. Here's what you must do:
- call on His name (Ps. 80:18; 99:6; 105:1; 116:4, 13, 17)
If you are going to hurdle all that comes your way as a leaders, you need to regularly call on His name in prayer because He is gracious and righteous and will answer in ways that protect and provide what is for the good.
- hope in His name (Ps. 52:9)
If you are going to rise above the pessimism that can easily beset you as you look around you, you need to hope in His name. His name is good because He is good. -- "I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living." (Ps. 27:13, NASB)
- find refuge in His name (Prov. 18:10)
If you are going to have a sense of security and confidence when under assault, you need to run to a safe place. His name is a strong tower in which you can find refuge because He is the Lord God Almighty.
- trust in His name (Ps. 9:10; 20:7; 33:21)
If you are going to stand firm and rejoice despite the circumstances, you need to trust in His name rather than rely on yourself or anything else to assist you in leadership decisions and activities. Only He is fully reliable. He will never forsake you as you seek Him.
Indirect Power Derived from Knowing His Name:God releases His power to those who call on and trust in His name. Additionally, His name serves as impetus for the following whereby we are empowered:
imprinting -- remembrance of time spent with Him when you think of His name (Ps. 75:1)
We need a boost throughout the day which comes as we remember the One to whom we belong, the One who taught us so much, and has done so much for us already. Those we serve will not provide all we need. God is our source.identification -- recognition of who He is as you hear His name (Prov. 18:10)
We need the belief that all will be well which comes when we recognize the kind of Sovereign and Almighty God we serve which is inherent in His name. God is our solution.influence -- rallying of others in unity around His name (Jn. 17:11)
We need a banner under which we all rally around that is outside of our own agendas and personalities. God is our starting point for solidarity.intentionality - redirecting our prayers and activities with thought to the effects on His name (Ps. 31:3)
We need the benchmark of glory to His name to help us lead more purposefully. God is our standard.
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