254. Power to heal.
When Peter and John were brought before the rulers, elders and teachers of the law, to be questioned, they were asked: *"By what power or what name did you do this?" Peter filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "... If we are being ... asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the NAME of Jesus Christ of Nazareth ... that this man stands before you healed."* ( Acts 4:7-10) The secret to divine healing is in believing the *pre-eminence* ( superiority) and *purpose* of the name of Jesus and the *power* in that name. There were others in Israel with the name *'Yeshua'* ( meaning the *Lord saves* ) but only the one from Nazareth was called the *Christ* or *'HaMashiach'* (meaning *the Anointed* ) because he alone was *anointed to save* being the Son of God. Therefore, His name is unique, unlike any other name on earth. We can't find our purpose in life from the name given to us at birth but his name says it all! *Born to save!* Salvation is not only from sin but also from curses, sickness and from eternal death. Therefore, on seeing Jesus come towards him, John said: *"Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"* ( John 1:29) Since sin has been atoned for by the shedding of blood, curses and sickness cannot continue to remain in us any longer. It is an unlawful occupation and therefore has to be evicted by force! It takes the resurrection power in the name of Jesus to break the curse and to heal all sickness and diseases. The power that was revealed in us when he brought us out of the dominion of darkness into his marvelous light is still available to us if we exercise our faith in the name of Jesus. When Jesus delegated his power and authority to seventy two of his followers, he said to them: *"Heal the sick and tell them, 'The Kingdom of God is near'." ... The seventy two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your NAME."* That name spoken in faith in which ever language it may be, always works. ( No demon has ever refused to flee because the name was pronounced wrongly. It doesn't matter to them whether you say Jesus or Yeshua. What matters is faith in that name!) When the beggar at the temple gate called Beautiful was healed, Peter said to the crowd: *"By faith in the NAME OF JESUS, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is JESUS' NAME and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see."* ( Acts 3:16) Unless we believe in the person of Jesus, we cannot exercise our faith in the name of Jesus. *'For we also had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.'* ( Hebrews 4:2) If we believe in the person of Jesus, we will witness the healing power in his name! *'This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God..'* ( 1 John 5:4-5) Amen.