Sunday, May 25, 2014

Importance of a Name

 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.   (Genesis 17:5-7)

God spoke His promise into Abram, changing his name from Abram (High Father) to Abraham (Father of the Multitude). Roy Hayden wrote, "Every time Abraham spoke or heard his name, he would be reminded of God's promise... The principle: Let God's words, which designated his will and promise for your life, become as fixed in your  mind and as governing of you speech as God's changing Abraham's name was in shaping his concept of himself.  Do not 'name' yourself anything less than God does."

Names are important.  What do you call yourself?  How do you refer to who you are?  What words do you use?  Are you accepting names that God has given or that the world or your own failures have given?  Are you loved?  Free? Redeemed? New?  Holy? and Righteous?  Or are you unloved? Captive? Lost? Broken? Unclean? and Unrighteous?

The names you apply to yourself will direct your life, your view of yourself and your expectations of how you should be treated by others.

Let's do as Roy Hayden said.  Let's not name ourselves anything less than what God does.

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