The Power of the Name of Jesus

This morning I was reading from Psalm 44.

I God we have heard of the glorious miracles you did in the days of long ago. Our forefathers have told us how you drove out heathen nations and gave us the land. They did not conquer by their own strength and skill but by your mighty power . You are my King and my God. Decree victories for your people. For it is only by your power and through your name that we treaddown our enemies. I do not trust in my own weapons.

God gave his people success as they trusted him. We read from other stories like David, Nehemiah and Esther to name a few how God helped them when their enemies were out to defeat them.

The same God revealed himself through Jesus his Son when he came on earth. A most powerful demonstration of the God’s power used by Jesus is told in the story of the Gedarene man in Mark 5. 

And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.  And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,  Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:  Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.  And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.  

But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him.  For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.  And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.  Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.  And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.  And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.  

And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.  And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.  And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.  And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

This man was so used by demons that he couldn’t live a normal life.  There was no point trying to make him good.  He wasn’t able to.  The demons tortured him and he went about mad.  No one could bind him.  He had been tied up with chains but always broke free.  Jesus comes along and with a word delivers him from a legion of demons.  He was healed and restored to his right mind.  The local people were scared.  This man was once wild but was now fully clothed and in his right mind.  They knew Jesus was different.  He was able to help the man when no one else could.  

This story shows the power of Jesus.  He gives his followers the power to do the same as He did.  Cast out demons and heal the sick in His name. 

Jesus followers were with him when Jesus delivered the Gedarene man.  After this Jesus sent his disciples out to cast out demons and heal the sick.  Jesus demonstrated to them what to do.

In our western world we think that following Jesus is to be good, read your bible, don’t smoke or drink and attend church.  We try to be good like Jesus but we are doomed to failure.  One never can be good in one’s own strength.  

To be a disciple of Jesus is to do what He said.  And He called his twelve disciples and sent them out two by two with power to cast out demons. 

So the disciples went out telling everyone they met to turn from sin.  And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people , anointing them with olive oil.  Mark 6 v 7

It wasn’t by their own  power, or by their own goodness they were successful.  It was by using the name of Jesus.  Doesn’t that sound simple enough.  Do the works Jesus did, using His name.  

Seek first God’s kingdom and God will provide all your needs.  

Don’t we complicate Jesus gospel.  We try to meet our own needs first.  Maybe some day we will be holy enough to cast a demon out.  And people are not helped or captives set free.   We become holy only by believing and obeying Jesus.  

Today one is faced with many difficulties, Covid pandemic, fear, loss, family crisis, and much more. Add your difficulty to the list. I am sure of one thing is that Jesus will help you if you call on his name.

It is by the power of the name of Jesus I was delivered from the spirits of rebellion and bitterness.  I turned from my sin.  Afterwards I was healed from fourth stage cancer.  Jesus is the truth.  There is no other power can deliver and heal completely.  

Where have the Seeds Gone

I was eating a sweet red apple today. It was a bit strange to see no seeds in the apple.Brendan eats grapes with his breakfast every morning. I buy white grapes, red grapes, dark purple grapes from the supermarket of green grocer. They come from different countries, Spain, or South America, all imported for us the customers. The grapes don’t have any seeds. Our plants are being genetically modified by scientists in order to produce fruit without seeds.  I thought how man is getting away from God’s way for our lives.  

I read in the first page of the Bible, the Word of God in Chapter 1 v 11,
Then God said, Let the land produce vegetation; seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. And it was so. The land produced vegetation; plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God said it was good.

There is new life in the seed. If it is planted in the soil it changes and becomes a plant, bearing shoots, leaves, flowers and fruit. The purpose of the seed is to increase and produce more plants like the parent plant that produced the seed. The seed is produced after pollen the male part of the plant fertilises the ovary of the plant. Scientists study the natural world. They study the matter that is already living. They cannot make life. They cannot make a seed. They can manipulate what is already living but they cannot make life. 

God breathed life into Adam and Eve. They were the first human beings on the earth. God blessed them and told them to increase and multiply. Not only did God create plants to increase, God creates animals and humans to increase. God’s plan is increase and multiplication for all life. Scientists are having their influence on the earth to change creation to stop increase. They have invented drugs that prevent women having children, They have invented drugs to prevent plants having seeds. This is not what God intended.  

God is good all the time.  Our God is revealed through the Bible.  He is the God of the Jews. His guidelines on how to live were given to Moses from God.  Jesus came into the world to show us the Father.  Jesus said he is the way, the truth and the life.  He gives life.  It is the devil who brings death and steals and destroys. God has good plans for all he has made. If only we would trust Him.  He is our Father and he knows best how we should live. We have no excuse to say there is no God.  God’s power is demonstrated every day we see the sun rising in the sky. The heavens declare the glory of the God. No other God created us. No other God is so merciful.  If we seek Him we will find him.  Cry out to God today.  He is there and he will save you.  

Not only does God promise to care for us on earth, He promises us that we can live with him for ever in heaven if we believe in his son Jesus.  There is an afterlife.  We don’t get a second chance at life after we die.  We choose now whether we live in heaven or hell after this life on Earth.  Choose Jesus, the way to heaven.  The devil wants to bring people to hell.  

Good Tidings

View from our home in Portaferry, Ireland.

Greetings to all of you.

Thank you for your interest in my blogs in 2020.

Look for the goodness of God in the land of the living. This promise kept me going on many difficult days.

My grandson Benjamin asked me the other morning, “When is the sun going to waken up”.

This morning the sun is arisen and beauty is multiplied all over the sky. Enjoy it from where you live.

Malachi says “May the son of righteousness rise with healing in his wings”

May God, the creator of the earth , sea and sky bless you and keep you and make His face to shine on you and grant you peace.

Bird Singing in the Night

Outside my hotel window

The Christmas street lights are bright

It is the dead of night

A bird is singing

The sweet tweets echo through the silence.

Is he announcing good news?

Is he calling for attention

Like the multitude of heavenly hosts praising God

When the angel announced Jesus birth to the shepherds

Singing Glory to God in the highest

And on earth good will to all men.

There is room for me in the Inn

In a soft plush bed

Because He was born in a straw lined manger.

Jesus is Returning Soon

Two thousand years ago Peter, Jesus disciple, reminded us that God created the heavens and the earth. He tells us these same heavens will pass away and the earth and everything on it will deserve judgement. On that day God will set the heavens on fire and the elements will melt away in flames. God promises a new heaven and a new earth for those who believe in his Son Jesus.

Peter says in the same passage that with God a thousand years is like a day. So two days have passed since Jesus died for us. This present earth will pass away sooner rather than later. God is merciful giving us an opportunity to believe in Jesus and live forever in his new heaven and earth. Get ready for his return.

He is not a baby in a manger any longer. He is not in the grave any more. He is alive with wounds on his hands and feet. He is seated in heaven beside his Father. He is coming in the sky with his angels. His people will rise from their graves. Those who are alive will be taken up to him in the sky.

When Jesus was on earth He healed the sick and cast out demons. His power is at work today. I am healed from fourth stage cancer by the power of Jesus. I know He is real. Believe in the signs He has done.

Daniel 6 v 26 and 27. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. They didn’t harm him. God shut up the mouth of the lions. The king said I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble in fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end.
He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.
I believe in the same God as Daniel. He is God today and forever. He is the same God who healed me and gave me the power to rear fourteen children. Look up and look for Jesus return. Believe in Jesus.

Early Morning Visitors

Wednesday was a bright sunny morning here on the shores of Strangford Lough. There are always plenty of birds out enjoying the winter sunshine just as much as I do.

We threw out some scraps to feed the usual birds in our garden. But today a group of gulls flew in and frightened off all the locals.

Gulls in our garden

New Vaccine 2020

Everyone is rejoicing at the news of a vaccine for Covid. They are looking to man for a cure. I believe that Jesus Christ the Son of God is the Healer of all diseases. I have trusted God to be my healer and my children’s healer. When my children were young my dad said, “Why are your children not sick in the winter time.”

I trust God to protect me and my family from Covid. I will not get Covid and I won’t bring Covid to anyone else. God healed me from fourth stage cancer. What is a small virus before the name and the Blood of Jesus.

There is nothing new under the sun. Back thirty years ago, I did research into the MMR vaccine. I discovered that material from aborted foetus was used in the research for that vaccine. I refused to have my children inoculated then. They have not suffered for not receiving that vaccine.

I do not take the flu vaccine. I have heard from friends that they believe their children and elderly parents suffered ill effects after taking these vaccines. I did not let my daughter take an injection that is given to teenagers at school. One doesn’t know the side effects of young girls having to take this injection.

I see from other people’s research updates that unborn baby tissue is being used again in the Covid vaccine. I am abhorred at infants being aborted. I am appalled that tissue from the dead bodies of infants is used for research. I’m happy to use a vaccine as long it has not be developed using foetal tissue.

People please check out about vaccines. Don’t be afraid to ask Jesus to heal you and trust him for your healing. Read about Jesus in the book of the Bible. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed of the devil. Jesus broke the power of death and hell when He died on the cross. By His stripes I am healed. I believe. He is worthy to be trusted. What He did for me He can do for you. And He freely gives. No expense. No fear. No control.

There are plenty of advertisements for cures for different conditions. Loose weight, eat vegetables, take tablets: try this therapy: all costing you money.

There is one healer, Jesus. He freely gives.

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It’s Good to Remember.

I wasn’t that interested in history at school. I did not have any favor with the history teacher. I have since learned the importance of learning about the past.

My favourite history book is the Bible. I love reading it. It tells the history of mankind. Man is created in God’s image. God gave us guidelines on how to live together. He gave marriage for man and women to enjoy. He gave marriage for children to be born and raised with parents to care for them. It tells the genealogy of one family in particular, Abraham’s family, covering many hundreds of years till the coming of one of his descendants, Jesus Christ.

It is a love story. It shows the care and kindness of God who looked after mankind. He blessed Abraham’s descendants even though they didn’t always thank or appreciate Him. Yet He forgave them and waited patiently till they responded to His love.

It is a thriller. The Bible records battles and wars. Men going to fight their enemies. The good news is when the people fought God’s battles they always won because God was with them. Joshua and the tribes of Israel always defeated their enemies when they followed God’s guidance. None of David’s soldiers died in battle. They always won their wars.

Today we remember the men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars. Many millions died from the nations. They died in the fight against evil.

On Sunday I was listening to an interview with two Jewish men who live in Ireland. My son was listening with me. He was not aware of what happened to ordinary families during the war; families like his own. Young men like him went to fight in the war.

I told my son that people in Europe were living at ease before the world war. They were enjoying prosperity, music, theatre, eating and drinking. They did not honor God or care for the poor and needy. Sounds a familiar scenario of our society today. . Revolution occurred in Russian and Germany. Leaders rose up and controlled their countries killing many of their own people who didn’t agree with them.

Telling the story of the Holocaust of six millions Jews and others who were killed during the Second World War helps one realise what evil mankind can do. Many millions of Christians and soldiers died in the war. It’s good to remember today the people who have lived and died before us for us to enjoy freedom

My generation was born after the Second World War. I did not have to suffer the hardships of people who lived during those years. I did not know that part of history. We have lived at ease. We have had good health care, plenty of food and clothing, good housing and free education. We have had it so good. We have become selfish. We don’t want to make any sacrifices.

Another holocaust is happening in our prosperous nations today. The law allows developing human beings to be killed in the womb. The innocent are being sacrificed instead of the parents making sacrifices to have their young. This is the new evil one needs to fight against.

Let us learn from history the consequences of war, hatred and selfishness. Let us do good to others who need help. Let us fight our spiritual enemies. We are sure of victory if we fight The Lord’s battles like David and Joshua did.