Redefined (Bonus Day - Day 22)
Scripture Reading: Gen 25:19-26; Gen 32:24-28
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Thanks for coming back again for this final instalment of our 21-day end of year fasting and prayer blog. I hope you are as excited as I am, about
the awesome promises that God has given us about the things He's going to do in this season we are entering into?
God said so many things to us over the past 3 weeks; For me, I would say, that two of the most profound of the statements have kept resounding in my
spirit and make me very excited about my future. The first is this one:
“Your past is not your history...
Your past is just a footnote in your history…your real story is still in your future!“.
That gives me great confidence and consolation that God isn't finished with me yet, and that in spite of how the story of my life has been so far,
my best is yet to come. Hallelujah! What about you? What's your word for the season?
What's In A Name?
There's a common saying:
"A rose by any other name is still a rose".
Taken at face value, that sounds like a very accurate, simple and straightforward, logical statement. However, that seemingly benign statement carries
a loaded spiritual truth that has a critical consequence on our lives, and which may have a bearing on your season and your destiny.
There's just something about human beings that makes us to love giving names to things. In addition to the obvious ones, We also name our cars, toys,
gadgets, hurricanes, storms etc. And then we give names to people....These names unfortunately, are sometimes unkind judgements that we have passed
on them (Remember the Thomas Edison story?) based on a conclusion that we have reached concerning them or their situation.
Going back to our rose statement; Let me start with this question: Who named it a rose in the first place?
Think about that for a minute.
Someone had first dibs at calling it a rose and thereafter, no matter what anyone called it, it would always be a rose.
Have you started to wonder where I am going with this?
Stay with me. Let's look at a verse of scripture (Genesis 2:19):
"19The LORD God formed out of the ground every living animal of the field and every bird of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them, and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name."
The very first assignment that God gave to man was for Adam to come up with names for every living creature that God had made. The scripture we just
read, declares that - whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
God gave man the authority to name His creation and whatever man called, it, God agreed with him, and it was so!
This verse is in a way, confirming one of the spiritual principles that we talked about earlier in the blog, about the power of life and death we have
in the words that we speak or pronounce over our situations. (Remember the blog article on Echo?)
"9Jabez was more respected than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, for she said, "I experienced pain when I gave birth to him." 10Jabez called out to the God of Israel, "If only you would greatly bless me and expand my territory! May your hand be with me! Keep me from harm so I might not endure pain!" God answered his prayer." 1Chronicles 4:9-10
Just like Jabez, there are many of us reading this, that are living out names that we have been ascribed by our circumstances or by people who have
put a label on us. Names that are the opinion that man or circumstances have defined us by - We have been named by our mistakes, our disabilities,
our failures and our struggles or missteps. Some of us even go farther by unwittingly pronouncing names on our situations and giving life to the
lies of the enemy - Ah; this situation is hopeless; this year is a hard year; this (my) case is terrible; this son of mine is a fool; my husband
/ wife is a pain; my situation is critical; can you think of any of your favourite ones?
Life can often present Gen 2:19 to us with a parallel reading -
"And the devil brought; or, and life brought man into a situation to see what he would call it; and whatever man called the situation, that was it's name."
These names have stuck to us and because we have agreed with the pronouncements and sanctioned the lies, our lives and our identities have been defined
and limited by them.
What names have you christened your situations?
What names have you christened yourself?
Do you know the name that God calls you?
The statement: "A rose by any other name is still a rose" can mean one thing to you.
It means that whatever names have been pronounced over you and your situation is what they will be. But remember what I said earlier - The real identity
of that rose is vested in the person that had the authority to first name it!
Be careful what names you declare over your life or your situation in this season. You will have what you say!
You know what this means to you? It means that if you are a child of God, whatever names you have been called or whatever names your situations are
being called that are contrary to what God has called them, are all lies that are subject to change!
As God said to Jeremiah: Jeremiah 1:5 -
"Before I formed you in your mother's womb I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart.
I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations."
God was telling Jeremiah that regardless of what he thought about himself, He had named Jeremiah's destiny before he was born. God had named his purpose
before any situation came to be. That was exactly what He is saying to you too!
It doesn't matter what your situation now says you are; it doesn't matter what your past says you are. A rose by any other name is still a rose - You
are still, will always be, will ever be who God says you are; what He says you are. You just need to agree with God!
There are many instances in the bible, where God had intervened in people's situations and changed their names in order to change their situations
to align with the destiny that He had appointed for them. Abram became Abraham to become a father of many nations. Sarai became Sarah to become
a mother of nations; Jacob the deceiver, became Israel, a prince with God; Elisabeth, she who was called barren become the mother of The great
prophet John the Baptist; Simon the flaky reed, became Peter the rock; we who were once called sinners and enemies of God, have become accepted
in the beloved and have become the redeemed of the Lord, joint-heirs with Christ.
Name Your Season
God is changing your name and the names of your situations in order for your season to align with your destiny.
Your have been redefined!
Dear friend, I say all these to come to the second word that I find to be a key word in this season:
"Do not allow anyone to limit your dreams to the size of their own faith!"
Go on and name your season. Don't let anyone name your season for you!
Do not place any limitations on your season by calling it what anyone else calls it; no one should name your season for you. God wants to do more in
this season than you can ever imagine - Start calling yourself what God calls you. Start calling your situation what God calls it. Start calling
your season what God says it is.
You can redefine your destiny!
Bring the whole of the New Year before God and prophesy into your season, your life, your family and the church.
Pray the prayer that Jabez prayed in 1 Chronicles 4:10 (quoted above).
Ask God to change your name and your situations to align with your season.
Ask God to name your season to align with your destiny.
Call yourself what God calls you; call your situation what God names it. Go right ahead and name your season. Agree with God and Call your season what
God says it is!
Have a wonderful and prosperous New Season. Go forth and prosper in Jesus' Name.
Pastor Wale Oladimeji