Who do you say you are? If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you’d probably say, “I am a Christian.” However, do the words you say and think about yourself agree with the statement “I am a Christian”? This is a vital question every Christian must ask him or herself because people’s very lives depend on it. If you consider yourself a Christian and you want to have any effectiveness against the powers of darkness, then you need to know who you are in Christ and speak God’s Word over yourself. It is essential to do this because words are containers of power. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose” (MSG). Moreover, Jesus Himself said, “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63 NASB). We must embrace what Jesus says about us and one of the worst things we as Christians can do is speak the devil’s lies over ourselves. We are surrounded by people who are enslaved to the devil and his lies and we will be no good to them if we are ourselves are still in bondage to the devil’s deception. I believe it is possible for someone to get saved and be on their way to Heaven, but if that Christian does not see themselves like God does, then that Christian will not have the confidence needed to stand up to the devil on the behalf of others.
Now just what does that have to do with the character Neo from The Matrix? At the beginning of the movie, Morpheus believes that Neo is The One who will have the power to stand up to The Matrix and it’s agents like no one else has before, the One who will end the war between the machines and humanity. There is one small wrinkle. Neo doesn’t believe this because he doesn’t want to believe his life is controlled by fate. Not even the Oracle tries to tell him he is The One because she knows he won’t be able to receive it, but she does give him just enough information to help Morpheus escape the agents of The Matrix and in doing so, he realizes he is the One. However, Neo doesn’t step into his true power as the One until he makes a declaration to the enemy, Agent Smith, who keeps trying to tell him he isn’t the one by calling him Mr. Anderson, which according to http://www.behindthename.com, Anderson means “Son of Andrew” and “Andrew” means “man.” So “Anderson” means “Son of Man.” But Neo isn’t Mr. Anderson–an garden variety human anymore and he knows it–he is superhuman–so everything falls into place when he tells Agent Smith, “My name is Neo!” Suddenly, Neo is able to stop bullets and other miraculous things–including raise the dead, all because he knows who he is.
I find it interesting to define words, especially because they have so much power. The word “neo” is not found by itself. Instead it’s found attached to other words. According to http://www.merriam-webster.com, it’s found in words like, “neo-Christianity,” “neo-Confucian,” “neo-Dada,” and the like. In all these cases, the word “neo” means, “new.” So Neo is telling Agent Smith, “I’m not Mr. Anderson anymore. I’m New!” In doing so, he declared that Agent Smith had no power over him. We, too, can take a page from Neo’s book, following his example and standing up in the face of the enemy. When the devil tries to remind us about our old life and past sins, telling us things like, “How can you pray for your loved ones? You’re such bad old so and so. Why would God hear your prayers?” You can shut him down by reminding the devil that, “II Corinthians 5:17 says, ‘Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!’ (AMP). I’m in Christ, so I’m not the old “son of man.” I’m a son of God! I’m new! MY name is Neo! You have no authority over me because I don’t belong to you!” But don’t stop there. Neo went on to go back into the Matrix to rescue as many people as he could and he did eventually end the war by giving up his life. So let us lay down our lives for those who are still trapped in The Matrix of the devil’s deception. Let us stand up the the devil and declare, “Our name is NEO!”