New Name

January 17, 2018

Genesis 17:4… Behold, my covenant is with you , and you shall be the father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be called Abraham.

Verse 15… And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.

            God changed both their names but it was more than a name change; it was an identity change as well. To Abram’s name He added “ha”. To Sarai’s name He added “ah”. In both cases, He added an expression of His breath. He breathed into them and overcame the obstacles of old age and Sarai’s barrenness. Last night, Karla mentioned that someone had an “aha” moment. A friend of ours experienced the life of God breathed into his desolate situation. Those moment are so important to God, He changes our name so that we don’t go back to life before Him. Have you experienced an “aha” moment? Do you need one? For Abram, this moment was not new information; it was revived or revisited information. Have you known in your knower that you heard a promise, but it has not come to pass? Have you decided that you must have heard wrong or God must have changed his mind? This one thing I have learned about God… He holds timing in His hands. He doesn’t always let us know. Today, say to Him, “I believe you told me this but I have lost hope and confidence.”

            You had life without the breath of God, but it was a temporal one; it had an end date. God gives eternal life, without end; and that life has a different name. You are now, Saint ________. In verse 15, God said to Abraham, “You shall not call her name Sarai”… Because of the breath of God in her life, she was not the same person. Because of the breath of God in your life, you are not the same person. You have been changed, from within. Humans notice changes from without, first... new makeup, new clothes, new hairstyles, new car, new house, etc. God changes us from within and humans might not notice right away.  God knew that and He gave Abraham and Sarah new names to reflect the inner changes He had done. That must have been a bit weird for them. I can hear Abraham telling his servants, “I am no longer Abram, I am now, Abraham.”