The Power of God's Name

  1. Matt 6:9 Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name.
  2. Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.
  3. Name: Shem (Hebrew) - mark of individuality; with implications of honor, authority, and character.
  4. In the Bible, a name often provided an important clue to the nature of a person or place.
    1. David means beloved.
    2. Simon Bar Jonah changed to Peter from Greek Petros means rock (Matthew 16:17-18).
    3. Abram changed to Abraham (Genesis 17:5) means father of many nations.
    4. Jacob changed to Israel (Genesis 32:28).

Name changes were made as a sign of the covenants God made with the patriarchs.

  1. In revealing Himself to Abraham, God had used the name Yahweh, but the name was thought too holy to pronounce or to record. Ancient scribes were uncomfortable recording God’s full name, so they left part of it out. Others began to use another name by which God had revealed Himself, Adonai, translated as “Lord”.
  2. God loves to draw close to His children and give them the benefits of his name. God promised the Israelites: “In every place where I record My name, I will come to you and I will bless you” Exodus 20:24.
  3. Grave consequences exist for those who misuse God’s name: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain” Exodus 20:7.
  4. God’s names, His acts and His glory are all inseparable. “The people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Daniel 11:32 NASB
  5. Knowing God’s names, character, and attributes are aspects of knowing Him. God is not the God who used to do what His names depict. He is the God who still does all that His names encompass.
  6. Once we are convinced of the power and anointing in His names, we then must begin to act upon it. The first step is simple: We must begin t Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”