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Reformation Day is tomorrow. Goes without saying we need to keep watch with all vigilance these next few days. Lets plead and apply the precious blood of Jesus Christ as our impenetrable shield for our families, homes and properties. Keep the kids away from Harry Potter etc. We recommend receiving communion, and saturating your atmosphere with praise, both from your heart and from your music player.

Remember, because Jesus is the light of the world, you are the light of the world! And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness can neither comprehend it nor overwhelm it. Don’t be afraid to shine your light! Actually, that’s what reformation is all about.

And the Name of Jesus still drives out demons. Lets begin with a story…

Learning Authority
My first encounter with the demonic was in Athens, Ohio, not too far from my college, Ohio University. Shortly after I got saved, my old friend Diana began to teach me about prayer and spiritual warfare. Which means I read “This Present Darkness” by Frank Peretti and loaded up on Hosanna music. Cassettes, of course.

One fall evening, we somehow got the idea we should drive around rural Athens County and pray over the land. Diana told me “You might see some things tonight that go beyond your understanding.” That made my hair literally stand on end.

Towards the end of our late-night drive, we ended up at a party hosted by a popular art professor. This guy was famous for occult practices, even lecturing about walking through walls during class. Must have been quite a draw. Because as we pulled up, both sides of his country lane were literally packed with cars.

I turned off the ignition, waited and prayed… keeping the power on so my Hosanna cassette tape “Mighty Warrior” could still play. Suddenly two red eyes appeared in my rear-view mirror! My first thought is that they were tail lights, but no car had passed. And these red lights came closer. It took all my courage to face the eyes and pray.

“I bind you… no wait I loose you. JUST GET OUT OF HERE, IN JESUS’ NAME!”

Instantaneously, the eyes vanished. And they did not return.

The Name of Jesus
Of course I was a little freaked by all this. But that night in the backwoods of Athens Ohio literally redefined my world. Far from the pages of a novel or a preacher’s sermon, I discovered that the spiritual realm was real. More importantly, I discovered that demonic powers must obey the name of Jesus.

That might not seem like much of a revelation these days. But to a budding journalism major who grew up not even believing in the existence of God, this was quite a paradigm shift!

Further, as the years go by I’ve discovered that invoking the name of Jesus necessitates instant obedience from the demonic realm even in other nations, among other peoples and religions. These powers don’t run from the name of Islam, or Buddha, or Baal. But they must obey the Name of Jesus, to the glory of God the Father!

I’ve found this to be true not just in theory, but in practice! And as you take your stand against darkness, you will as well. So be humble, but be bold! Be the light that conquers darkness… in the matchless name of Jesus!

“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:8-11).