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What Is Your Name?

There is power in a name.

Your name can shape your identity and pave your destiny.

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. (Proverbs 22:1)

The influence of a name

Adam called his wife Eve because she would become the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20).

The wages of sin is death.

Thus, after Adam fell into sin, death claimed his second son by the hands of his first son.

Then after some years past when Adam was 130 years old, his wife gave birth to a third son who was born in the image and likeness of his father.

Adam named his son Seth because he was compensation for the two sons he had lost (Genesis 5:3).

The lineage of Seth continued to serve the Lord, but there was evil on the land due to the contamination of humans by Satanic seed (Genesis 6).

However, God provided a son through Lamech (a descendant of Seth) who was perfect in his generation.

Lamech named his son Noah because he would comfort the people concerning their work and toil of their hands, because of the ground that the Lord hath cursed (Genesis 5:29).

Indeed, God chose Noah and his family to replenish the earth after it was cleansed by a flood (Genesis 9).

The name, Noah means rest and so the earth rested after God cleansed it of all the evil.

It is the nature of man to sin, so some of the descendants of Noah returned to sin and iniquity causing God to once more intervene and separate the people.

During that time, a descendant of Shem was born and he was called Peleg because in his days was the earth divided (Genesis 10:25).

As noted in the above examples the names of certain individuals connoted a significant change in the lives of the people on earth.

God placed tremendous importance to a name, hence He changed the names of certain individuals in the bible to change their destiny and reinforce their characters.

God changed the name of Abram to Abraham because He promised that he would become the father of many nations.

God also changed the name of Abraham’s wife from Sarai to Sarah because the Lord promised to bless her, and give her a son and she would become the mother of nations. Many kings and people would come out of her loin (Genesis 17).

Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, was saddled with the name of a supplanter.

Consequently, he supplanted his brother, Esau, twice by taking away his birthright and his blessings (Genesis 27:36).

The name Jacob was a curse and it prevented him from walking into his destiny.

Thus, one night Jacob came face to face with God and wrestled with Him all night until the breaking of the day and would not let go until he received a blessing.

So God changed Jacob’s name to Israel because as a prince he had power with God and with men, and prevailed (Genesis 32).

The twelve tribes of the great nation of Israel came from the loins of Jacob because of the blessings of his name Israel.

One of the wives of Jacob, Leah, competed with the other wife for their husband’s love.

But, God saw the plight of Leah and gave her many sons for her husband.

Leah named her children according to her circumstances. You can read about it here.

The word name is recorded over one thousand times in the KJV Bible and for each instance, there was a significant lesson to be learned about the importance of a name.

But, let us look at one significant name which is the name above all names and at His feet every knee will bow and confess that He is Lord (Philippians 2:10).

Before the birth of this special child, the angel prophesied that He would be called JESUS because He would save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

On the eight-day after Jesus’ birth, His parents obeyed the instructions of the Lord and called their son “Jehovah is salvation.”

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, His name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21)

When Jesus was thirty years old He began His ministry to preach the kingdom of God.

He healed the sick, drove out demons, delivered the captives and healed the brokenhearted.

Jesus mighty work was spread all over the country and many people believed in His name because there is power in the name of Jesus.

Now when He was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in His name, when they saw the miracles which He did. (John 2:23)

Jesus fulfilled His mission upon this earth when He died on the cross. Jesus’ death and resurrection finally lifted the curse of sin upon this earth.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:14-17)


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1John 1:9)

The Lord Jesus Christ rose from the grave and returned to heaven, but one day He will return to earth as the conquering King.

And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.

And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords. (Revelation 19:13,16)

Lessons Learnt

Sometimes you have to persevere on your knees until God changes your name to the destiny He had in store for you.

Power and victory are in the name of Jesus.

When you look at His nail-pierced hands and believe in His name you will be saved.


Share with us other lessons that you have learned about the importance of a name.



  1. Excellent post Beverley! Jesus is the name that saves. I thought about Isaiah 43:1, …Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine…

    God knows each of our names. We never go unnoticed with Him. I love what you mentioned here about persevering in prayer…

    “Sometimes you have to persevere on your knees until God changes your name to the destiny He had in store for you.” Regardless of our past, God will use us for His glory if we press in to Him.

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    • Amen. Well said, Dawn. You give us an excellent summary to the post. Thank God, He knows and called our names from before the foundation of the earth. No doubt we are blessed. Like Jabez, if we are saddled with a foolish name we can pray that God will bless us with a new name and enlarge our territories. Praise the Lord! Thank you for sharing, it is a blessing to me.

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  2. When God changes a name, it indicates something new has happened or will happen. We see this even in the natural when a wife takes on the last name of her new husband. It represents a change in her life, both before the eyes of God and people.

    My favorite name change in the scriptures is Peter. His original name is Simon which means “God has heard” in Hebrew. Peter means rock. Jesus changed his name by telling him you are Peter (Petras) which means little rock and he told him upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

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  3. What’s in a name. Is a cliche and a common saying in my place, but I grow up to find out everything is in a name. There are names you will answer it will surely bring hard luck on your way. Actually some names can repel people out from you. While some names may bring lots of blessings to you and friendship. We should be wary of answering some kindof names or naming our children names that are suggestive as to bad influence. On Feb 15, 2020 9:01 PM, “Becoming the Oil and the Wine” wrote:

    > Beverley posted: “There is power in a name. Your name can shape your > identity and pave your destiny. A good name is rather to be chosen than > great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. (Proverbs > 22:1) The influence of a name Adam called his wife Ev” >

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