OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. SUNDAY 15 MARCH 2015. THEME : A MORE EXCELLENT NAME

MEMORISE : Being made so much better than the angles, as he hath by inheritance
obtained a more excellent name than they. HEBREWS 1 : 4.

READ : ACTS 4 : 6 – 12.
6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many
as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what
name, have ye done this?
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people,
and elders of Israel,
9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what
means he is made whole;
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.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the
head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : DANIEL 2 : 31 – 4 : 3 AND MATTHEW 1.

Whenever brand names are mentioned in the society, people know without wasting
time what they represent. These names serve as the identity of the entity they
represent. With this in mind, let us look at the Name of Jesus. The Name of Jesus
has several significant attributes. One of these is that it carries power. This
power is so special because it is unlimited. The Name of Jesus has the answer to
every difficulty of life. It is the only Name through which salvation can be
guaranteed ( Acts 4 : 12 ). The Name of Jesus grants you access to His person
( Mark 10 : 47 – 49 ). This special access will turn your life around. If there is any
reason why many people are going round in circles, or things seem not to be
working for them despite their efforts, it is because of the absence of Jesus in
their lives. When you have Jesus, you have everything. When you have Jesus, you
can tell the powers of this world to take the world and leave you with Jesus. If
you have the whole world and you don’t have Jesus, you are of all men most
miserable.

What kind of power is there in the Name of Jesus? The power of the anointing,
the power to deliver, the power to become relevant in the scheme of things, the
power to win souls and the power to be committed in the service of the kingdom:
all these are found in His Name. Without the power in His Name, there is no
safety or fortification for believers. In Acts 19 : 11 – 17, certain exorcists tried
to exercise dominion over demons by His name, while they lacked a relationship
with His person. They suffered tremendously and were placed where they
belonged. If you attempt to do anything significant in life without the power of
Jesus, you can be sure it won’t succeed, and if it is permitted to succeed, you will
realise that it won’t be sustained. What are you desperate for? Do you desire to
prosper, achieve success, be anointed and be relevant? Then you have to come
under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the original kingmaker ( Revelation
1 : 5 – 6 ). He can make you a king on earth and establish your authority. He can
make you rule as a king in His kingdom which has no end. His mandate is to save us
from our sins, and for Him, there is no one whose life is irredeemable. There is
power in the Name of Jesus to break every chain. Are you going through any form
of sorrow at the moment and you are finding it difficult to come out of it? It
could be because you have refused to receive the person of Jesus. You cannot
have Jesus and have sorrow. Are there certain forces around you whose activities
are having a negative effect on your destiny? You have to cry to Jesus so that in
His Name, every force working against the will of God for your life will be
frustrated. The power in the Name of Jesus gives the anointing such that, even
in the midst of your enemies and detractors, nothing will hinder your progress,
peace and boldness.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, as I call upon the excellent Name of Jesus, let excellent be found in my
life.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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