“…so he said to him, “what is your name? He said, “Jacob” And He said, “your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed…” 

Genesis 32:28-29 (NKJV)

What is your name? That was the question the angel of God asked Jacob when he wrestled with him. All these years, Jacob had answered a name that went a long way to affect his life negatively and he didn’t know. His name meant, “Holder of the heel” or “supplanter” because he twice deprived his brother of his rights as the firstborn son. However, when it was time to receive the real blessing, the angel of God had to change his name from Jacob to Israel which means “God prevails” in Hebrew. And from that moment, everything changed for Jacob. Even his brother who heard he was coming and wanted to hurt him, changed his mind when he saw Jacob. The bible recorded that, “…Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept…” Genesis 33:4 (NKJV) See! That moment an age long enmity between both brothers came to an end because a name was changed. That’s how powerful names can be.

          Beloved, have you been going through some stuff in your life and you don’t know where it is coming from? How about checking the meaning of your name? What if that could be it? What if your next level has something to do with you changing your name? Now, am not saying everyone who is going through some stuff needs to change their name, I am just saying for some people name could be a problem and it is time, a name change is considered. So I ask you today, what does your name mean? In case you haven’t figured this out, kindly so because it is important that you bear a name that adds value to your life and destiny than to bear a name that will bring your shame and reproach. Take the time to go through all the names that they call and try to know the meaning. So that if you have to make a change, you make the change now. It’s better to bear a name that will bring you greatness than to bear a name that will keep you bound. Praise God!


You name could either be a reason for your rise or fall, therefore bear the right name!


Thank you, Heavenly Father, for revealing this truth to me, thank you for naming me the name of Christ, I declare that wherever I go or in whatever I do, I walk in the blessing of God and dwell in His rest in Jesus name. Amen!


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