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DAY 3 FRIDAY: MAY 2019

YOUR NAME IS VERY IMPORTANT TO GOD!

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold (Proverbs 22:1).

A Christian’s name is very important to God and to himself. A Christian is not supposed to bear evil names because name is very essential. It is imperative that you know the meaning of the names you are giving to your child because name matters to God and to the destiny of that child. The Bible says in the opening text that a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold. Naming a child as a Christian should be done prayerfully being guided by the Holy Spirit because names have both physical and spiritual connotations even in the realm of the spirit.

The Bible gave us a vivid case study of the life of Jacob. The name of Jacob means, “Deceiver or fraudster.” In fact, because of the negative impact of his name, Jacob found himself living a life in fulfillment of his name until God decided to intervene thus, “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” (Genesis 32:28). Until one’s name prevails in the spirit realm, he can never experience breakthrough in the physical realm of life. Therefore, every Christian is expected to take note of the fact that the spiritual realm controls the physical realm we live.

In the New Testament, we have another vivid case study of the life of Peter. Indeed, before his name was changed to Peter by Jesus Christ (Mark 3:16); his name was formally known and addressed as Simon meaning, “A reed that is easily broken or swayed by the wind.” This name affected his life negatively by living an unstable life until Jesus Christ decided to intervene by changing his name to Peter which means, “Rock.” Of course, whenever a Christian’s name dominates in the spiritual realm, it automatically rules in the physical realm forever.

Daily Tip: A Christian should never for any reason bear an evil or negative name because the meaning of your name matters so much to God and to your destiny in life forever. Shalom!

Golden Text: No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations (Genesis 17:5).

PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. My Father! My Father! I bind every evil and negative name attached to my life and destiny forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! I receive the Name of Jesus Christ as my defense and prosperity forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For Further Study: 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 8:28.                 RBT: 2 CHRON. 33-36

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