Apostle Grace Lubega
John 1:40-42(KJV); One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
God names us according to our assignments. This pattern is very evident in the scriptures.
When He named Abraham, He told him, “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” (Genesis 17:5).
When He named Peter in our theme scripture, He told Him, he would be a stone. Peter, according to Matthew 16:18 was the rock on which Christ would build His church.
Some people have been frustrated in their pursuit of the divine mandate and assignment because their names are contrary to what God has ordained as the purpose of their lives.
If God called you to be a mighty healer but your name means sickness, you cannot walk in the grace of healing like you should. If God called you to be an influence in the area of business but your name means a failure, you cannot operate in this light.
Your name is important to God because it has a bearing on your spiritual identity.
FURTHER STUDY: Genesis 17:5, Genesis 32:28
GOLDEN NUGGET: Your name is important to God because it has a bearing on your spiritual identity.
PRAYER: My Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I have been named by You because You knew me before I was formed in my mother’s womb and You called me to Your purposes. My light in the realm of spirits is sure because I am named right, in Jesus’ name, Amen.