tHAT’S NOT MY NAME ANYMORE
That’s Not My Name Anymore
Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.
Has anyone ever called you ‘good for nothing? Perhaps you have felt the pain and the sting of hurtful words directed at you, implying that you can never be anything good or produce anything good. Many of us have.
Sometimes it is the voice of a parent, a boss, or a friend, and it stings, all the same. Sometimes our loved ones or significant others may hurt us intentionally because they are hurt.
If you are born again, no matter how many hurtful words you hear, that is not your identity.
You may have heard others call you bastard, scoundrel, slut, thief, and many hurtful names to demean or degrade you. Keep in mind that it is not the voice of God.
The Father never degrades or reduces you. He calls you by His original design for you. He calls you loved.
Your Father calls you son or daughter. He called you beloved, favored, and blessed.
The King of kings always calls you by your identity in Christ no matter what the world around you calls you.
Jesus Christ came to set you free and give you a calling much greater than you could ever choose for yourself. He sets you free and sets you up for a greater mission of being a light to the world, drawing others to Himself.
And he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
God loves you so much that when you are saved, he will change your name.
If you read the book of Genesis, you find out that Jacob deceived his brother so that he could get the blessing. Esau despised the blessing and sold it for a pot of porridge. He had no honor for the things of God.
In the dealings of God with Jacob, he did not use his past to describe him. When Jacob wrestled with God and would not let go until he received his blessing. God changed his name.
God saw the deceitful Jacob and called him Israel, meaning a “Prince with God,” the one who struggled with God and prevailed.
If you are born again, God sees you in the light of His son. He calls you righteous and blessed. Even when you sometimes fall, God will never identify you by your weaknesses. He calls you son or daughter. God often changes your name in line with the assignment that He has for your life.
The meaning of Jacob is deceit. The meaning of Israel is a prince with power. He was a different man.
When you accept your new identity in Christ, you become a bold man or woman ready to stand up and face your adversaries.
Then Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of righteousness, will not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?”
In the above verses, Paul and Barnabas went to Cyprus to preach the gospel to the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, who called them so that he would hear the word of God.
A sorcerer called Bar-Jesus or Elymas withstood them. Paul, knowing his assignment, prayed that the hand of the Lord would rest on that man and make him blind temporarily.
He became blind, and the proconsul believed the gospel and was astonished at the teaching of the gospel.
Always remember who you are in Christ and what the Father has said concerning your life.
God can make you anyone He wants you to be. He made His son sin so that you can be made righteous (2 Corinthians 5: 21); how He has esteemed you highly. He thinks highly of you because He made you.
You know the purpose for which He has made you, and it is a good one. Glory to God!
You are righteous, blessed, chosen, and favored in Christ Jesus.
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, thank you for making me righteous. I ask You, Father, today to change my name and make me who you had purposed for me to become from the beginning in Jesus’ name, amen.
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