Daily Devotional 9-9-19

The Wonder Name
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful
John Newton writes amazingly about the name of Jesus:
It makes the wounded spirit whole, 
And calms the troubled breast;
Tis manner to the hungry soul, 
And to the weary rest 
We use names to refer to persons. When you hear a certain name, a person comes to your mind.  They are words that point to a person. While some names bring relief and happiness, others stir trouble and anger. Every name brings something to mind—whether good or bad because they point to someone.
The name, Jesus, can be very powerful if we have the right perspective. By having the right perspective, I mean, you know the person behind the name. In Hispanic culture, the name Jesus may refer to several people. I have heard many Hispanics being referred to by that name. But, for us, Christians, that name points to the Son of God. It is the name that is above all names (Philippians 2:9-10).
Mr. Newton reminds us of the blessings and power in the name of Jesus. He tells us the name of Jesus has the ability to heal our wounded spirit, reviving our hearts with grace and love. When we are storm-tossed and fears surround us, the power in the name of Jesus calms and quietens all the rages around us. Indeed, the name of Jesus brings deliverance. Newton further writes that Jesus’ name is food for the soul. Wow! Have you seen a hungry soul before? I have. It shows symptoms of desperation, anxiety. It is a soul in search of something, and the power in the name of Jesus brings relief and healing to such souls.
I don’t know the situation that makes you weary, hungry, troubled and wounded. But, I know of a name that can turn situations around for your good. It is the name Jesus. When you mention it in faith, wonders and miracles will happen.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help me keep faith in the Person of Jesus so that as I mention his name, blessings will follow me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.