John 1:12 "..but as many as received Him to them He gave power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe on His name."
We are now children of God simply because we believe on His name! Our new nature and family is just because of the name of JESUS CHRIST!
It is sad to hear that His name is used casually, or jokingly among the people who are to understand the value in His name. In His name we have been translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Light.
Some of us ask why we call His name and demons don't tremble... His name hasn't lost it's power but the problem is we don't value His name.
The children of this world don't joke with the names of their gods! They understand something the children of the Kingdom don't understand yet. They reverence the names of their gods!
Even comedians and the movies don't joke with the name of other gods... there is a force that tries to devalue His (Christ) name in our culture.
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Prov. 18:10. His name is our safe house.
When you look through the bible you will read about the power in His name.
Acts 3:10 " This man received soundness in the name of Jesus"
In this scripture, God used Peter to heal a man and the people around were amazed! Peter pointed them to the name of Jesus. Faith in the name of Jesus healed a human being.
The Lord says in Mark 16:17 "...And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out demons, they shall speak with new tongues;
18 they shall take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.
The name of Jesus is one of our most important weapons given to us to fight against the enemy! We can not afford to joke or play with that weapon because when the storms of life hits and we need to fight, we would have devalued (destroyed) our weapon.
After He went to the cross, rose and ascended to Heaven, Our Father and God gave Him something.... A name!
Phil 2:9-10 "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;"
Most of us will react if somebody called our earthly father's name jokingly or made fun of our family name.
We have been born into the family of God through the name of Jesus Christ. Our family name as Christians is Jesus!
Let's honor Him! Let's honor His name, He deserves it!
Lord, please forgive me for the times I joked with your name. Help me from hence forth to honor your name and teach others to honor you.