In the Storm, There is Power in the Name of Jesus
Purvette Bryant, Living Single: Maximize the Moment
Driving through Atlanta on highway I-75, the sky was cloudy and rain began to fall that afternoon. It was June 1993. My cousin Randy, his then-wife, two young boys and I lived in Houston, Texas. We were traveling to our grandmother’s funeral in North Carolina. The four-year-old was securely belted in the Honda Accord’s backseat. The crying baby was cradled in his mother’s arms.
The weather grew worse when Randy insisted Theresa (not her real name) place the one-year-old in the car seat and buckle tightly. She did. Minutes later, while driving in the fast lane through lightening and torrential rain, the car hit a large puddle. Spinning counter clockwise out of control, the car struck the concrete median wall with each turn, then lifted off the ground. Theresa screamed uncontrollably in the backseat. Sitting in the front seat, with every turn, as the car was heading over the wall, I yelled, “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!”
Suddenly, the Honda went down, hit the concrete, and slid to a stop along the roadway. It was a miracle from God!
Looking behind us on the five-lane highway there were no cars. It was another miracle that no cars or trucks hit us.
Randy, a medical doctor who was finishing his residency in Houston, drove the car to the other side of the highway off an exit into a gas station. As we spun out of control, the car didn’t break apart. Thankfully everyone was safe and sound…another miracle.
We got out the car to assess the damage… another miracle. The only problem with the car was a fender bent under the front rim. Randy looked at me and said, “I thought we were going over that wall.”
I responded calmly, “No . . . We weren’t going over that wall. God protected us.”
There is power, in the name of Jesus!
While my cousin was on the ground pulling the bumper loose, the oldest child stood nearby and said his head was hurting. Quietly, I laid my hand on his head and prayed in Jesus name. Minutes later the child said with a smile. “My head doesn’t hurt!”
There’s power in the name of Jesus!
Whether you’re facing a crisis, headache, tragedy or death – There’s power in the name of Jesus!
Several years later, Theresa called me one day. We reminisced about living in Houston, the children’s birthday parties, Texas life and visits to my church – Lakewood Church under Pastor John Osteen. His son Joel now leads the ministry. Pastor Osteen taught about faith in God’s word, and mixing action with faith.
As we went down memory lane, Theresa said, “Remember, when we got into that car accident in Atlanta? You shouted Jesus. You said, “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!”
Smiling, I said, “Yes, I remember.”
I listened intently as Theresa described her new revelation of the power that is in the name of Jesus. She remembered that miraculous moment when we faced death, yet the power in Jesus name saved us all. Her voice trembling, I could tell that Theresa’s life had been changed with a fresh revelation of Jesus and the literal power that is in His name. I let her talk it all out like a child excited about his first roller coaster ride.
During a bible study at her church, Theresa said she shared the experience as they studied the name of Jesus, and how there was no other protection for us, except in that name.
The same is true today. There are things coming upon the earth that we’ve never experienced before. There are world events that we’ve never seen before in America or the nations of the world. Yet, there is hope, healing and provision in Jesus Christ.
Like the car accident in Atlanta, some things today may be out of your control. But, the safety of God’s hand and protection are available to your family, children, friends, neighbors, co-workers, community and you as you trust in Him. Pray Psalm 91 over your life and family each day. Regardless of where you are and what you may suddenly face know there’s power in the name of Jesus.
Just calmly say Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
Say, it again Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
In the face of danger, do what you can to protect yourself, then say and believe, Jesus I trust you! Jesus, I trust you with my life!
You’ve heard it over and over again, because it’s true, “. . . at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
A few years ago, an African immigrant in Atlanta shared how while attending a church serve in Nigeria, the Boko Haram militants dressed in army uniforms burst through the doors shooting innocent parishioners. As he watched those around him die, he ran, stumbled and fell. A gunman stood over him ready to pull the trigger. The man prayed out loud, “Blood of Jesus cover me.” That was the last thing he remembered as the bullets blew away part of his jaw. The man thought he was dead, but lived to tell the story of God’s miraculous protection through the name of Jesus Christ.
Whatever you may face, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, food shortages, no electricity, and no water, God will provide for you. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. All challenges must bow to the name of Jesus, the son of the living God. That power is available to everyone who trusts Jesus as Savior and Lord. Even if you haven’t trusted in Jesus, know that during tragedy, sickness or even facing death, you can call His name, the name that is above all names. Just say, Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! He’ll hear and answer your cry.
A column for single men and women that features issues such as dating, male and female relationships, marriage, true love, divorce recovery, parenting, career choices, entrepreneurship, community service, interviews with special guests, plus other topics of interest Columnist Purvette A. Bryant, who is single, believes the single life is an opportunity to discover your purpose and pursue your dreams. Send Purvette and e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org