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How Not To Use His Name

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“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied” (1 Samuel 17:45).

TEXT — 1 Samuel 17:41-54


Having the right kind of weapons in warfare and being able to use them effectively produces confidence in the soldiers, making them to dare any foe. The Tsar Bomba is said to be the world’s most powerful and deadliest weapon of mass destruction. It was created by the then Soviet Union as a response to the United States’ nuclear programme. The very massive bomb was intended to destroy everything. Russia’s possession of deadly weapons like this makes her to dare powerful nations.

Goliath also considered himself unconquerable owing to his intimidating stature and years of experience at war. However, David had a far more potent weapon: his confidence and faith in the name of the Lord. He was sure that no one could stand against God in battle. So, when Goliath charged towards him, instead of shrinking and retreating in fear, David ran towards him with unshaken confidence and the giant was brought down with a single sling of his stone.

When we truly understand the power that is in the Lord, we will not be afraid of any enemy or battle. The name of Jesus prevails over every situation and all circumstances; be they physical or spiritual. The Name of Jesus gives victory and triumph over temptations and causes satanic and demonic powers to bow and flee. The name heals all forms of diseases and sicknesses and provides abundantly in times of need.

If we will prevail with the name of the Lord like David, we must learn how to use it effectively. God’s name is only potent on the lips of a righteous believer. You must be a child of God before you can use His name effectively. You must also have unwavering faith and confidence in Him.

Thought for the day

The name of Jesus can never lose its potency.

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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