Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | January 1, 2016

January 1, 2016 “The Victor’s Name”

“at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,  in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2: 10-11)

Good Morning and Happy New Year One and All!

Time rolls on, with new chapters to be written to our personal as well as our world’s history. I have always been fascinated by history. In fact, at one point in my life, I considered becoming a history major when entering college. After consideration, I dismissed the idea, believing that there was “no future” in history (I say that tongue in cheek, of course). I am actually quite interested in history and know the longer I live, the more there is of it. Millions upon millions have come and gone over the span of history, nearly all forgotten except for a mere handful as one considers its wide span. One man whose name is remembered is Alexander the Great. A song was written about him, the lyrics of which, in part, go like this:

Alexander the Great…
His name struck fear into hearts of men
Alexander the Great
Became a god amongst mortal men.

So revered and feared a leader was he that even his name struck fear in the hearts of his enemies. The song concludes, however, with these lyrics:

Alexander the Great
His name struck fear into hearts of men
Alexander the Great
He died of fever in Babylon

Though men trembled at the sound of his name, he, like they, was a mere mortal. His name meant little to the greatest Enemy any man, woman, or child will ever face…Satan.  No, there is but one Name that makes Satan tremble, and that is the Name which is above every name, and that name is Jesus.  S.D. Gordon made this astute observation regarding the power of victorious praying:

“Prayer is repeating the victor’s name (Jesus) into the ears of Satan and insisting on his retreat.”

Though Satan will resist, for he is a ferocious and relentless foe, he will…he must…retreat at the Name of Jesus when it is repeated with believing confidence and authority. Unlike Alexander the Great, Jesus didn’t “become a god amongst mortal men”…He IS God! Unlike Alexander the Great, who died of fever in Babylon, never to return, Jesus died on the cross and rose again in victory, crushing the head of the serpent. He, Satan,  must retreat, for Jesus is Lord! Let’s pray!

Glorious and Victorious Lord: In You and You alone do we place our trust and confidence. You are the great “I AM”, King of kings and Lord of lords. To you do we turn in prayer, in worship, in adoration, and in praise, for You alone are worthy! Glory be to Your Holy Name now and forevermore! Amen!



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