A Bible Devotion

Friday, September 22, 2023

What Is Your Name?

GENESIS 32:27-28 NKJ 27 So He said to him, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob." 28 And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel...."

God asked Jacob to focus on who he was, on how he saw himself. Then God told him that was going to change.

What is your identity?

How do you identify yourself?

Who do you consider yourself to be?

Do you identify yourself by your past experiences, or do you identify yourself by what God -- your Creator -- says about you?

God created you. He knows what you can do. He knows what you can be. He has a great plan for you, starting now, but extending through all eternity.

God wants you to begin seeing yourself according to His plan for you, in accordance with what He made you -- regardless of how bad your past may have been.

If you are in the Jones family, you see yourself as a Jones. If someone asks who you are, you will tell them your name which includes Jones. You need to begin to see yourself now as a person in the family of God. You will never be the supreme ruler of the Universe, but you are in His family.

1 JOHN 3:2 NKJ 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

What does it mean to be children of God? Should it not cause us to identify with Him? Should we not begin to see ourselves as part of the winning team instead of thinking of ourselves as a loser?

We ARE God's children! That is your new identity. Quit seeing yourself as you used to be. Quit judging yourself by your past shortcomings and failures. (I don't deny that we have all failed -- but that is not God's plan for our future!)

REVELATION 2:17 NKJ 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 to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it."'

God has given you a new name -- a new identity! Believe it!

SAY THIS: My identity is with my new family, the family of God. That makes me a winner, not a loser!


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