Teachings / Sermons
Sit, Walk, Stand (III)
“We must know how to sit with Christ in the heavenly places and we must know how to walk worthy of Him down here, but we must also know how to stand before the foe.” (Nee)
When the believer knows his exalted place (seated with Christ) and how to walk with the infilling Holy Spirit, He will be ready to Stand.
God has a arch-enemy who in turn sees us in the same light. God's directive is to “Stand” or hold your ground. Nearly all the weapons in Ephesians 6 are defensive and even the sword can be used defensively. We are to defend what has already been given us. What is already ours. Jesus did the offensive work to give us all of God's riches.
Despite the fact that Christ has achieved the total victory there are still evil forces causing destruction on earth.
We do also have an offensive task using the Sword of the word and prayer.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel." (Ephesians 6:17-19)
Yet this Word and prayer must be seen in light of His Name. We know about praying in His name but what does this mean?
We understand that we are saved in His name. It is His name that opens the gates of heaven to us, but it is also His name that releases power for victory over evil.
“... Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. … 26 In that day you will ask in My name, ...” (John 16:23,24,26)
The “Name” Jesus is referring to is not just the earthly name he had while with them. Up and until the time He is speaking to Him they had not yet asked in His Name. After His death, resurrection, ascension and enthronement He receives a name above all names at which every knee will bow. It is in this name that we are to speak and pray.
The power of His name operates:
In preaching for men's salvation
“let it be known to you all, ..., that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. … 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)
In our war against evil to bind and bring them into submission
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 16:17,18)
In our asking of God
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13,14)
“All that takes place results from the impact of the name of the Lord Jesus on the situation, and they are authorised to use that name.” (Nee)
Nee illustrates the power of the Name thus. If I receive a letter signed by a trusted friend I do not interrogate the postman, but trust in the name and character of my friend and give him what he asks. So it is when we use the name of Jesus.
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