In Jesus name

I command things to be done in the name of Jesus. Monday this week I woke up with a smile on my face. I had a thought circulating through my mind. It was actually a memory from a few years back. I haven’t shared this with too many people and I think that’s why it still baffles me to this day to think about. That may be why it never came up in the conversation when I shared what happened later with people.

It was a trial I woke up to not expecting one morning. We had done improvements on our home in recent times then. There wasn’t much more to do to our home. We had lived in our house for maybe 7 years. One morning I got out of bed to find half of our family room flooded with water. The carpet was sopping wet. The water had climbed maybe a foot up the wall.

I walked in our utility room, which is connected to the outside door leading into the garage, and saw a strong steady flow of water pushing through the sides of the door from the garage into the room. It was unlike anything I had ever seen or even imagined that was happening.

I stood there for a minute considering what I should do. I was at a loss for words as the water pushed through the cracks between the wall and the door like a flood. I became overwhelmed and asked God what should I do. Suddenly a thought entered my mind. ‘Command the water to stop in Jesus name.’ I raised my hand toward the door and spoke ‘stop in Jesus name.’ I watched that steady flow of water quickly come to a trickle and stop completely. I had never seen anything like that happen. It obeyed my words because I used the name of Jesus.

Jesus said in His Word that anything we desired and prayed for would be done for us if we believed we have received them (Mark 11:24). This was truly the case for me. I was out of options then and there as I watched this water push through my door. Because I had a relationship with the Lord I had the authority to command it to be done. I have by no means arrived to perfection but something I do know is really how much I need the Lord (John 15:7). Enough not to seperate myself from Him because I do need HIS grace so much to survive.

I have missed the mark according to Romans 3:23. But I do not remain in that state; not purposely. ‘I do try to run the race to obtain the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus. I go into strict training. I don’t beat the air as if I’m shadow boxing. I strike a blow to my body and make it a slave so that after preaching the Gospel I myself will not be disqualified for the prize’ (1 Cor 9:24-26). A boxer has to look forward to his opponent so he will hit the mark. He throws off those heavy weights that entangle and slow him down. He runs with perseverance the race marked before him. (Heb 12:1-2). Not constantly looking to the right or the left to distract. Not giving the enemy any power to hold me down with trials. But I look straight ahead. I carefully choose the path I take so I can run steadfastly and keep from getting caught in things I should not. (Phil 4: 25-27). Fixing my eyes on Jesus is the only remedy for the battle. Keep marching forward as the commander orders. Then I can be trusted with the authority He allows His trusted soldiers to use.

It’s a life long lesson that I can move progressively toward or away from.

What will you choose today?

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