Summary: Are we using his name for what it is worth

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(Divorce Series Part 5)

Scripture Reference: Matthew 14:22-33 (KJV)

Matthew 14:22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

There is certainly great value to be obtained from a good name. A smart man would rather have a good name than great riches

(Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.)

In today’s society one of the greatest names that I can think of is Donald Trump. If he were to give me permission to use his name I would immediately become worth more money

For instance; what if one day Mr. Trump wanted to see me in reference to something that I had and he wanted. He told me over the phone that all that I had to do was go to the front desk and tell them his name and the clerk would immediately give me a room. I would easily believe that I would be able to walk into his hotel and be given a room just by mentioning his name. What if the clerk was not aware that Mr. Trump told me this and gave me a problem as I attempted to check in. All it would take is one call and one word from Mr. Trump to rectify that situation immediately. There is definitely power in Mr. Trump’s name when you are in his hotel.

As I write this illustration it is easy for me to believe the fact that many people who hear or read this will believe that this is true. It is easy to believe that Mr. Trump can give you a room at an hotel that he is in charge of.

However when it comes to Jesus, if I were to give a similar illustration I am not so sure that people will receive it as easily as they will the one about Mr. Trump.

Is it that:

1. We don’t believe that Jesus is in charge of anything

2. That there is no power in his name

3. Both

Saints I came by to assure you on today that there is certainly power in the name of Jesus and the book of John tells us that he will do what we ask in his name

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