Some of the issues we’ve faced or still face in our lives is because of the names we bear or abusive names we’ve been called or referred as in the past.
In the bible, we see a man named Jabez. His life was riddled with pain and suffering because of the name given to him at birth.
1 CHRONICLES 4:9-10 NIV | “JABEZ WAS MORE HONORABLE THAN HIS BROTHERS. HIS MOTHER HAD NAMED HIM JABEZ, SAYING, “I GAVE BIRTH TO HIM IN PAIN.” JABEZ CRIED OUT TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL, “OH, THAT YOU WOULD BLESS ME AND ENLARGE MY TERRITORY! LET YOUR HAND BE WITH ME, AND KEEP ME FROM HARM SO THAT I WILL BE FREE FROM PAIN.” AND GOD GRANTED HIS REQUEST.”
Jabez only had peace and rest when he identified the name problem and took it to God, so the issue could be rectified.
God did the same for Abraham before moving him to the next level of his life. He changed his name and called him what he destined him to be, so Abraham could start making some type of advanced progress in his life. Meaning that names are very important.
GENESIS 17:5 NIV | “NO LONGER WILL YOU BE CALLED ABRAM; YOUR NAME WILL BE ABRAHAM, FOR I HAVE MADE YOU A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS.”
Knowing this, Israel (formerly Jacob) spared his son, Benjamin the pain of growing up with a negative name borne out of his mothers pain and sorrow while bringing him into the world and instead gave him a name based on revelation and hope in Christ Jesus.
GENESIS 35:18 NLT | “RACHEL WAS ABOUT TO DIE, BUT WITH HER LAST BREATH SHE NAMED THE BABY BEN-ONI (WHICH MEANS “SON OF MY SORROW”). THE BABY’S FATHER, HOWEVER, CALLED HIM BENJAMIN (WHICH MEANS “SON OF MY RIGHT HAND”).”
In this journey of life, we must never function from a place of fear or pain but love and hope. We must not be ruled by our emotions or experiences but by the Holy Spirit via divine revelation and His words spoken directly to us.
As parents and parents-to-be under the covering of this Blissful family, it’s important to submit to the Holy Spirit totally and receive your children’s names from the Lord, so it can be in line with God’s planned destiny for him or her. It is so vital because once you get this right, your children get to answer names that match their God-given destiny, saving them time and energy. It also gives you the opportunity to speak life, love, happiness, goodness and strength into their lives, sparing them unnecessary pain, stress and hardship.
So today, receive extraordinary wisdom and patience to receive Holy Spirit inspired names for your children and divine grace and strength to raise them in the way chosen by the Lord.
And, just in case, you’ve been bruised by negative names and abusive words in the past, may the river of God’s peace and love heal your broken heart and every bleeding place, so you can freely love again and be a blessing to many.
Your generations will serve God and emerge victorious because of you.