Have you experienced the power of God’s name? Or do you doubt He will answer you?
There are moments in my life when I have no doubt He’ll answer my needs. Then there are times when I wondered if He’ll answer me, if He cared about me. My doubts came from a place of fear. I feared that my needs may be too great for Him… or too minor to attract his attention
“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
I read these words many times and have hope in them, but doubts still seeps in. it didn’t take long before I experienced the power of his name.
One beautiful bright morning, I walked to catch a bus to school. I was thrilled with the Lord and what He has done in my life. I walked with a smile on my face I couldn’t contain it. Suddenly, images of my sins flashed before my eyes. Voices of doubt, condemnation, and shame rang in my ears and filled my head with ugly pictures of who I was.
The images and voices were so intense I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t think. My mind was sinking into a dark pool of emotions in the middle of a sidewalk on a glorious morning. Try as I might, I couldn’t get rid of the ugly images and voices that were showing me my sinful past.
Desperately I called out “God” in a hoarse whisper. Instantly, the images vanished, the voices were silenced. It was as if they had never entered my mind.
I didn’t know what kind of help I wanted, I didn’t know what I wanted Him to do. But He knew.
I tried to recall them (I don’t know what I was thinking), just to test it out, but I couldn’t remember what the voices were saying or what the images looked like.
The ugly part of me that I didn’t want to remember or know or be associated with were wiped clean from me. I was filled with peace. Praise God!
“Therefore I will teach them— this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the Lord.”
I ran to Him and like a fortified tower He kept me safe.
Through His fast response, I know how great His power is – I mean to be able to wipe my mind clean, mute the voices, and gave me peace? He is definitely mighty, no question there. That is why His name is Lord Almighty, God Most High!
He continues to teach us to trust Him and continues to show us His majesty when we call on Him. His history of be reliable gives us reassurance to give our all to Him. yet, we doubt at times because we’re not perfect.
Although I am not righteous by any means. I am His when I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior: “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: ‘The Lord knows those who are his,’ and, ‘Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness’” (2 Timothy 2:19). So when I turned away from my wicked sins, it tried to cling onto me and shame me back to it. As surely as I claimed God as my God, He claimed me as His child and protected me.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
(1 Peter 5:7)
When I cast my anxiety on Him, He truly calmed my disturbed soul and gave me rest from all my worries. When He responded to my desperation, I realized how much He cares for me and how true His word is. I was desperate and losing my mind, I couldn’t take it any longer, and He took it from me. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). (Whenever I remember the day He silenced the voices and wiped the images from me, my heart swells with wonder and gratefulness for a God who loves me overwhelmingly).
“As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”
Romans 10: 11-13
God did not let the devil shame me with my past nor will He let anyone else use my past as leverage against me. He certainly won’t let it happen to you either. When you accepted Him into your life and gave up your old ways, you are no longer who you were. Your past no longer defines you and God will protect your new identity in Him. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Rest assure and don’t let the lies the devil whispers get to you. For He has also said:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
He has you and He has me in the palm of His hand and no one can take us without His consent.
After all He’s done in my life when I simply cry out to Him desperately seeking relief, I can no longer harbor doubt about the power of His name and of what His name can do. His name is power.
The Bible has many passages declaring the greatness of the Lord’s name, the power of His great name, and the things He can do.
You can read more verses of His great name in the following verses:
- Proverbs 30:4
- John 8:12
- Romans 8:15
- Joshua 1:9
- 1 Samuel 12:22
- Psalm 79:9
- Psalm 106:8
It certainly takes time to trust God especially because you can’t see Him or talk face to face with Him. If you are like me, and have been betrayed, then it certainly is harder to trust in a God who is known as Almighty, creator of the world, King of kings. I mean, why would this great God listen or care about little old me. I was an insignificant being just roaming the earth. Why bother to call out to Him?
I know it’s not easy. Trust needs to be built and it goes both ways. Start building your trust in the Lord following the 4 steps below.
- Little by little, put your faith in Him. Start by slowly handing your problems to God.Try calling out to Him.
- Call His name whenever you need him (when you are weak, when you are confused, when you are scared, when you are lonely, and just because).
- Wait. Sometimes you’ll have to wait for His answer. It won’t always be instantaneous like my experience example in this post.
- Be conscious of how He responds to you. Then you’ll know that true to His word, He will respond to you. He will protect you, you who are His child. He is “forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to [Him]” (Psalm 86:5).
As you begin to see not only how dependable He is but how mighty in power His name is, you’ll keep turning to Him. You’ll trust in His name and He’ll delight in your trust and faithfulness to Him.
I believe in the power of God’s name. I believe if I call He will answer. I believe He has the best in store for me. Why? Because He’s proven Himself to me over and over again when I doubted Him but needed Him. He didn’t have to rescue the non believing me. He didn’t have to prove Himself to me. And yet, He did because of His name, His love for me, His power. I, in return, show my faith in Him and (try to) show that I will wait for His timing (sometimes, I jump the gun and try to do it myself because I grow impatient. He had to come in and fix the mess I made).
Let me know in the comments below how God has shown you the power of His name. If you haven’t experienced it, I ask that you try and begin to trust in His name today.