Names have significance. A name typically embodies something, especially in the Bible. Many parents pick their child’s name based on meaning. Same thing with the names of God. When the devil hears God’s name, he turns tail and runs, if we believe what the names mean. If we don’t, it’s just a shell and the devil will keep advancing. But if we believe what God is, then the devil’s in trouble, because we then have the shield of faith on our side.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10, NASB.) When God told us His name was a refuge, He was in essence giving us a defense option. He knew the power in His name. Some of the names of God are:
~ Adonai – Lord or Master
~ Yahweh (also YHWH) I AM WHO I AM, the self-existing One.
~ El Roi – The God who sees
~ El Shaddai – God Almighty
~ Jehovah Machsi – The Lord my refuge
~ Jehovah Magen – The Lord my shield
~ Yahweh Tsuri – The Lord is my rock
~ Yahweh Rapha – The Lord who heals
But you can’t use God’s name as a spell or incantation. Just because you speak His name doesn’t mean life will become perfect. God will not tolerate His name being used flippantly. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7, NASB.)
Reminding the devil who God is throws up a barrier between him and us. Reminding ourselves who God is gives us courage. God’s name is powerful enough to create a refuge for us.