Job 12:7 (ESV)
But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
Here is a fun story to show the power we have in Jesus Name.
An office park doesn’t seem like a nice place to call home. But this was no ordinary collection of buildings. Each three story glass building was surrounded by native shrubbery and flowers. A stream ran between the buildings connecting several small lakes. A walkway flanked by towering Magnolia trees linked each building with the others. Patches of Pin Oak and Crape Myrtle trees made this a paradise for the three doves that lived there.
Their names were Ashley, Jacey and Tilly. With all the seeds, insects and plants nearby, they never strayed far from their favorite tree. But on one particularly beautiful day, they decided to sun themselves on the little bridge in the center of the office park.
“What do you want to do today?” asked Jacey.“Do?” replied Ashley. “Can’t we just enjoy the warmth of the sun?”“I agree with Ashley,” said Tilly. “Let’s just enjoy the day that God gave us!” They all laughed.
Up above a hawk was making slow circles looking for dinner. The doves had not noticed him. In fact most of the birds were busy hunting food and were not paying attention at all.
The Blue Jays were the first to notice the danger. They began shouting among themselves to get their young back into the safety of the trees. Since the noise was behind them, the doves ignored it. “Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy the sun without the Blue Jays making all that racket?” asked Ashley as she closed her eyes and stretched her neck.
The other doves cooed in agreement. Ashley opened her eyes just in time to see the hawks shadow below the doves. The others were looking away. “Everybody fly!” shouted Ashley. All three doves shot off the bridge and dove down to gain some speed. As their parents had taught, they immediately split off in three directions, hoping the hawk would not be able to focus on just one bird. But this hawk was a veteran. He locked on Tilly and followed her every turn.
The doves had been out in the open and too far to reach the safety of trees. Tilly could hear the hawk behind her and knew she could not outfly him. Instead, she would try to lose him by the office buildings.
She made a sharp turn around one building and snuck a peek back to see the hawk right on her tail. She made another quick turn and everything went black.
Ashley and Jacey made it back to the safety of their Pin Oak. They waited for several minutes, but Tilly did not return. They knew exactly what they had to do. They closed their eyes and thanked God for protecting their friend. Just as they finished, Tilly arrived and landed next to them. She was a little ruffled, but safe.
“You will not believe what happened!” said Tilly. Tilly did not even give the others a chance to ask. “We all separated, but the hawk kept following me,” explained Tilly. “I thought I could lose him by the office buildings, but I turned without looking and ran into the glass. When I woke up, I was flat on my back.
Ashley and Jacey looked at each other and back at Tilly. “What happened to the hawk?” asked Jacey. “I guess when I turned, he pulled away. When I woke up, there were some birds chasing him away. I was a sitting duck if those Blue Jays had not been after him.”
“That is wonderful,” said Ashley. “We’re so glad you are safe.” “But that is not all that happened,” said Tilly. The doves were a little surprised, but waited for the rest of Tilly’s story. “When I woke up I was a little woozy. There was a human standing over me. He pointed at me and said, ‘In the name of Jesus, be healed!’ And then he just walked away.”
“Wow!” exclaimed Ashley. “He didn’t stay to see if you were well?” asked Jacey. “No, he just walked away. I guess he had enough faith to believe that whatever he says in the name of Jesus would happen,” explained Tilly. “The next thing I knew my vision cleared and I wasn’t dizzy anymore. I rolled over and stood up. I tested my wings and everything was working fine. I just started praising God and flew here to find the two of you.”
“That is some bold faith,” said Jacey.
“Can you imagine what the world would be like if all humans had the faith to use the name of Jesus like that?” asked Tilly.
The next day the hawk was back circling overhead. But the three doves weren’t scared. They knew God had their back.
As a Christian, you have been given the name of Jesus to heal the sick and conquer all the power of the enemy. God has delegated His authority and power to those willing to believe in Jesus. But to effectively use the name of Jesus, you need to understand all the power behind that name and your right to use it. And remember, nothing is impossible if you believe!
Dear Lord, we thank You that we have been given the power of Your name and with it we can conquer all that comes our way. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.