31 In Faith

The Name Above All Names

I met Him when I was 20 years old.  The Pastor gave the alter call and at first, I didn’t know what to do. He was calling for those to come, to accept Him as Savior and Lord.  Did I really have to walk down to the front?  What would people think?  Is this what everyone did when they got saved?

The Pastor gave a second call, and he seemed to be staring straight at me, as if Jesus Himself was looking at me.  I literally leapt from my seat and ran to the alter.  There, I prayed the sinner’s prayer, asked Him to forgive me, cleanse me, and make me new.  Oh how I longed to feel the realness of this Jesus.  This man who everyone said if I would give Him a chance, would save my life.

I jumped right into ministry, leading a youth group, small groups, discipleship.  I kept myself busy doing His work.  Surely this man Jesus would make Himself known.  Or was this supposed to be a walk of faith?  Did I have to feel Jesus to experience His power? Did I have to feel Him to know that He was with me?  What did it feel like to encounter the living God?

Months later I lay in bed.  Was I asleep?  Surely, I must have been, for the entire household was asleep. Me, the only “Christian” in the home had spent a good hour before bed reading the Word, praying and asking God to make His Name known to me, to make His Son, Jesus known to me, in a very real way.

And then the darkness came.  I remember feeling fear.  I could almost taste it, smell it as it swirled around me in the darkness of my bedroom.  I was paralyzed.  I tried to get up, but something had it’s hand on my chest and would not let me go.  I couldn’t breath, as it’s grip on me became more intense. Whatever it was that held me wanted my life.  This life that had just been given over to God, he wanted it back.  He would not give me up without a fight.  My heart beat outside my chest as I gasped for air. Is this how my life will end, Lord, without having ever knowing the fullness of Your presence?  I was losing hope that I would regain control over that which came to kill, steal and destroy that night.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

But somewhere, within the depth of my soul, came a whisper.  A whisper so loud it thundered through my entire body until it came forth — JESUS!  I knew enough in my short months of walking this new journey that the Name of Jesus had power over darkness.  I had no breath with which to yell, but the whisper was loud enough that it broke the hold of the enemy on me, and in that moment, Jesus had made Himself known to me in a very real way.  That night I was set free by a whisper.  The whisper of a Name which carries all authority and power over darkness.

There have been other occasions in my life where I have had to call on the Name of Jesus to save me. For in the Name of Jesus is the power to break every chain that holds me.  I am so thankful for the Name of Jesus.

Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, Glorious Lord
Emmanuel, God is with us
Blessed redeemer, Living Word

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Linking up with Bonnie today for Faith Barista Jam where we are talking about “Jesus”.

 

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31 Comments

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    Anita
    February 21, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Amen, that is a beautiful truth…and a wow story. I try to remind my child to call out the name of Jesus in the night hours, when they’re afraid, and it’s something I do as well. His Name truly is strong and mighty to save.

    God bless your day.

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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      I use to think that I had to pray a big, long, powerful prayer. But I have learned that sometimes all it takes is just one Word – JESUS!

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    Beth @ My Destiny
    February 21, 2013 at 3:18 am

    GLORY! I LOVE IT! That whisper shook the enemy and made him lose his grasp! Jesus, KING OF KINGS! Hallelujah!

    I love your post and I love Jesus. \o/ <—- hands raised
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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks my friend. It was a defining moment in my life. Thankfully, I’ve never experienced another attack like that one.

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    Wendy
    February 21, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Amen sister! There is such power in His name. And oh how He loves when we call out to Him…Jesus! No sweeter name. Beautiful! Love you much.
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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Love you too, my friend! Have a blessed weekend.

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    Debbie
    February 21, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Ah yes, Jesus never disappoints Barbie. It can be a lonely walk at times. It can be difficult when those around you don’t understand. But I too have found Jesus to be so faithful. And He is so comforting when we run to Him.

    Love,
    Debbie
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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      So true my friend. He is faithful!

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    Rosann
    February 21, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Oh Amen! This gave me goosebumps as I read it. Thank you for sharing something so deeply personal, Barbie. I can completely relate.

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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks for reading Rosann!

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    Jennifer peterson
    February 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Amen!! The name above all names…Jesus!!
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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Have a beautiful weekend Jennifer!

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    Mia
    February 21, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Dear Barbie
    Yes, my friend the enemy will do everything in his power to draw us away from our Lord. I am so thankful that our Lord that is within us, is much greater than he who is in the world!
    Much love
    Mia

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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      AMEN Mia!

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    Aritha
    February 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I love your posting! What a great story. I know when Jesus loves us and we Him: He’s with us in every situation. Even in dark nights.
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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you Aritha! So glad you stopped by!

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    Mary
    February 21, 2013 at 8:54 am

    This testimony truly touched my heart. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus~I love the sound of Your name.
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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      There is no other Name like the Name of Jesus!

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    Child of God
    February 21, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Wow Barbie, my heart was just thumping as I read this post. It brought back all of the feelings of having that same presence overwhelm me in my sleep and Jesus’ name barely escaping my lips.

    There is no other name like Jesus!!

    Blessings
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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      I remember when you shared that story. I knew someday I would write a post about my experience. His Name is greater!

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    Mandy
    February 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Amen, amen, amen, Barbie! Yes, the power in His name is incredible. Thanks for sharing the story of how it delivered you. Blessings!
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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Mandy!

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    Dolly@Soulstops
    February 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Amen; Yes, Barbie…their is power in His Name to set free once from sin’s dominion, and again and again, as we learn to live as His Beloved…hugs to you 🙂 praying Aaron is better and you didn’t come down with the flu?
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      Barbie
      February 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks Dolly. Aaron bounced back after about 6 hours. My daughter and I have been spared. Thank you Jesus!

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    Joan
    February 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    When I read your story, a chill of remembrance ran up my spine. I had a similar experience shortly after I gave my life to Christ! The only thing I could do was call out the name of Jesus! There is true power in His name for those who believe! Thank you for sharing your experience! God is amazing!

    Blessings, Joan
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      Barbie
      February 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      I’ve me so many people that have experienced this. I’m so thankful that the darkness does not hide the light and that we can but whisper the name of Jesus and darkness must flee!

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    February 23, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Jesus! Oh how powerful is his name…even whispered.
    Thank you for sharing your story. What a life-changing moment for you.
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      Barbie
      February 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you for reading Diane!

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    charis
    February 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    wow. so intense. Jesus is so faithful.
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      Barbie
      February 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      AMEN my friend!

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    Jennifer
    February 27, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Barbie, praising and rejoicing with you, friend! Your words gave me chills. Wow. So blessed by you.
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