Yesterday I read Genesis 17 and I got stuck on verses 1-6 and then spent all day mediating on it and digging deeper into what it means for me and my family.
1)“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2) And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” 3) Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4) “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5) No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. 6) I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.”
Genesis 17:1-6 NKJV
I’d love to share the revelation I received.
Abram was 75 years-old when God told him to leave his father’s house and move to the land that God will show him (Genesis 12:1-3). He has faithfully done all that God has asked of him and he is now 99 years-old and has a son to Hagar but still hasn’t received this promise of a multitude of decendants making a great nation.
So here is God 24 years later saying the same thing again to Abram, “I will multiply you exceedingly,” and this time Abram is 99 years-old (too old to be having children in his eyes) and he has probably given up on this promise coming to pass as God says. He “fell on his face”. I’m sure you know what this is like, you’ve been waiting months or years for your promise to come to pass and you fall to your knees with your face in your hands and you are completely submitted before God in surrender. But God….you said!
Then God says, “No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham.” So his name became his promise. He went from Abram, exhalted father, to Abraham, father of a multitude. So here was my big revelation…every single time someone calls out to him, or every time he says his name, he is speaking God’s promised blessing over his life. I imagined this, “Hi, it’s a pleasure to meet you. I am the father of a multitude.”
This led me to look for the meaning of my name and the names of my husband and children. Wow! Then I sat in my quiet space almost all day searching and praying over scriptures that related to each of us and lined up with our names (thankfully my husband is home on days off so I could take time out). The promise is in your name…
So for example, Jessica means ‘God’s gracious gift’, ‘wealthy’ and the shortened form Jess means ‘God exists’. God exists in me and I am His gracious gift, He will make me wealthy.
Then in the rest of verse 5 God continues with, “for I have made you the father of many nations.” The tense goes from ‘I will’ to ‘I have’. I have done it…it is done…believe it…speak it out loud…receive it.
So here I change the tense in my promised blessing, God exists in me and I am His gracious gift, He has made me wealthy. Start your day with this…saying it out loud, “Hi, it’s a pleasure to meet you, God exists in me, I’m God’s gracious gift and He has made me wealthy.’ Changes the way you view yourself and the promises made to you.
What does your name promise? What promised blessing do you need to be speaking out loud over your life?
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