The Name of Jesus

I stood there, hands raised and I could feel the lifelessness around me. I put my hands down as I asked the Lord a question.

“What’s wrong Lord? Why does it feel like this? Is this me? What am I sensing?”

He said his name has become an idol and many people just use His name like a token or a magic word and are missing out on a relationship with him. They are going through the motions.

Lord what do we do, how do we help them? He gave me:

LOST and then He began speaking directly into my heart:

Many will be too stubborn to step out of the incorrect doctrine, hard hearts

Some will truly discover Me, but only those who are meant to and aren’t busy checking off their list of Christian things to do.

Road work ahead (for the church).

Things like this make my heart grieve. He sends me places with work to be done. I’m often sent with a message be it in the workplace, church, in public with a message to send. I’m either received or I’m not.

He asked me a few years back to deliver a message to a church where He told me “Amanda, there’s witchcraft in the church. Don’t be mistaken- not the pointy-hat, magic spell kind, but the kind that is born out of a hard heart.”

The dreams I had of this were terrible yet they didn’t make me afraid, but it deeply saddened me. I saw a creature that was consuming believers in a barn that represented the church. I was on to it and I tried to warn people but they ignored me. Dead bodies were turning up buried underneath the grass (which represents the flesh) and there was a woman by the name of Danielle (Meaning God is my judge) that I found slimed and buried. Our churches are preaching this hyper grace that makes people feel like they are bulletproof. The enemy has infiltrated our churches and has put to death and buried the side of God that means business. They suddenly pretend His judgement isn’t real and so they live half-baked Christianeese lives in this place of extreme grace and don’t fear the Lord, and lack His wisdom.

I was at Bible study tonight at my friends house and I told them what the Lord spoke to me. I spent the day painting bedrooms so I didn’t have time to find scripture to back up what I had heard but as I said it my dear friends provided just what I needed.

Acts 19:13-16: 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

This walk is all about relationship. It doesn’t matter how much power you have, how anointed you are or how many people you have in your congregation, if it’s done with the wrong heart, you are wasting your time. Jesus name is the most powerful name but if you have no relationship with Him, you have zero authority to wield such a weapon. You could say in poops name and it would have the same effect. You can’t tell a random kid what to do or threaten them with a spanking, you know what they’ll say? You aren’t my mommy/daddy, I don’t have to listen to you. Demons feel the same way. They know what you carry and you can only gain His authority by spending time with Him.

Can you imagine someone using Jesus’ name like say ‘abracadabra’ or ‘alacazam’, no way! It sounds completely silly when put like that but that’s precisely what the 7 son’s of Sceva were doing. They were taking His name in vain because their efforts at using it got their butts kicked and they ran off naked and bleeding.

So my friends…there is witchcraft in the church. In many churches. It starts with a heart of rebellion and pride and an unwillingness to be corrected. Turn to Him with all your heart and seek Him while He can be found. Spend time with the Lover of your heart and build that relationship and gain that authority that is only found in His presence.

-Amanda