Joseph Ho, 21st February, 2009
A name is what everyone is identified by since the ages of time. Does a name have any spiritual connotations to a beholder’s testimonies? Yes, it does. Your name will define your destiny and a good name is better than silver and gold. The best names are God given names. A New Name brings a new destiny, it can change your life for good.
The Power of the name of Jesus
Here, do you know what is the name of Jesus and why everyone must submit to him? The answer can be found in the book of Philippians 2:9,
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Jesus’ is the highest name upon the universe, and we are beneath him in all aspects, so there is no one with a higher status than Jesus of Nazareth.
Also mentioned in the Book of Isaiah 9:6,
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
The only begotten Son of God was called Jesus and this name was given by God Himself. Matthew 1:20,
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Jesus’ name was given to Joseph by an angel in a dream so it is a God given name, an anointed name. That name carries the child’s anointing until it came to pass. He was able to do miracles and forgive sin as if he was God; because his name Jesus means Mighty God. In society, people would have to hold titles like Dr, Rev, Pastor, and Apostle and so on; to make them known as a certain category of men. But in the kingdom of God, a man’s name is his Calling and Anointing. Every God given name has that power, because we have become true sons and daughters.
Jesus mentioned the power of God’s given name to him when he prayed for the people saying in John,
John 17:11(NIV), “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me – so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me.
Therefore, the name of Jesus is God’s own name given to the begotten son and it contains true power in the name itself, at the mentioned of this name every being upon the entire universe, visible or invisible has to bow down and submit to Jesus.
Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
Ecclesiastes 7:1, “A good name is better than fine perfume, …….”
A Change of Name carries a Change of destiny
When a person has his name changed, it will bring forth a new beginning. The old name carries the old past and a new name will manifest a new life. Thus to change our destiny, it must come with a new change of name. This can be seen in the lives of two prominent men even in Bible history. Once they had a name changed they bear more fruit and became more prosperous. However, when their name was changed, they also went through a process of sanctification to come into their destiny. So a name change is only the beginning and a process of change is yet to come.
The Story of Abraham
Genesis 17, “ When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said to him, As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be a father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.”
Abram means father of multitudes, and Abraham means father of nations.
Who then is the true father of all nations? It is God himself. And God did give Abram his name Abraham; Abraham was indeed God’s name since God is truly the father of all creations and nations. Thus when God gave you his name, you will be anointed to bring forth his nature upon the earth, because we are made in his image and when he wants to do a certain thing on earth, he will always choose a man or a person to do this work. So God calls things which are not as though they were is thus fulfilled in scripture.
Genesis 18:19, “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
The Story of Jacob
Jacob means sup-planter or schemer, he was cunning as he stole Isaac’s blessings meant for Esau. Jacob was not a man of peace and God had to make a covenant with him and also gave him a New Name. That changed his old bad past and brought him a better life and he entered into the Will of God. Whenever there is change in structure, power or position, there is most certainly a change in name. The name will protect and enable you to accomplish your destiny.
Genesis 32:27, “The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
Isaiah 56:5, “to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an Everlasting Name that will not be cut off.”
Isaiah 43:7, “Everyone who is called by My Name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Isaiah 62:2, “The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a New Name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.”
Again God said in Chronicles,
2Chronicles 7:14, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Your name will define your destiny. A change of Name will cause a change in destiny but this Name must be bestowed by God or his prophets or a true man of God. These appointed men will be able to bestow an appropriate name from the heart of the Father, our Lord God.
Do you know the meaning of your name and what destiny does it hold?
In the kingdom of God, the name represents the title and position and the blessings from God himself. God called himself “I am that I am” meaning he is whatever he wants to be, so I am that I am is very relevant to him. Although this sounds like no name at all, it literally represents what God is. So whoever is against you is against God, since you are now sons.
Exodus 23:22, “If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.”
When God gives you a New Name, He accepts you as His son. Those who are acceptable and approved by God will be marked on their foreheads with His Name, a nature or characteristics of his image will be given unto those whom He approves.
Revelation 2:17, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a New Name written on it, known only to him who receives it.”
Revelation 3:12, “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my New Name.”
Revelation 14:1, “Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his father’s name written on their foreheads.”
What is the meaning of the verse “they bear his name”?
Here are some Names which bear his name, and they are heroes of Old, the true sons and daughters of God.
1. Adam – Formed of Earth, in God’s Image.
2. Abel – Breath, life of God, education, wisdom
3. Cain – Spear, weapon, acquisition of material things
4. Enoch – Consecrated, dedicated to God
5. Seth –Appointed of God, chosen
6. Moses – drawn from the water, delivered
7. Joseph – God will add, wise and understanding , son of increase
8. Ephraim – fruitful, prosperous, El Shaddai
9. David – Beloved of God, lover of all
10. Samuel – God has heard, instructed of God
11. Daniel – God is my judge, perceptive
12. Elijah – The Lord is my God, spiritual champion
These bible characters all lived up to the meaning of their Names which was given by their father or God himself. The patriarch’s of old were man ordained by God to carry the life line of his chosen people. The rights of first born sons remain which the choice of his father. Thus, the God chosen man can give Anointed Names to their sons and daughters, and God would honor them.
Now why is it that many people also have such a good name but never lived to their name’s destiny?
1. The Name was not given by God but by someone else who is not anointed by God.
2. The Name was given by their natural fathers who have not submitted to God.
3. Only when the Name is given by God, his prophets or chosen men then will the Name have this power to excel, because it contains the blessings of God. Prophets are messengers of God so they can speak for God.
If you want to change your destiny, asked God to give you a New Name. It’s the Name which will define your future and change your life. Anyone who does not have a New Name after coming to the Lord can ask for a New Name. That was the original purpose of baptism to give someone a New Name and a new life. The Name changes to reflect the new life or new anointing. Pray for a new beginning and a new anointing with the New Name…………… a spiritual shift in your life towards a higher calling.
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