Power To Name A Thing with Pastor Trevor Ndamuka

Names reveal identity and point toward a purpose. And God said let there be, let there be, and let there be. If you only knew God from reading Genesis Chapter One, you would conclude that he is a voice with creative power. God needed to train Adam in the power of words.

“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air; and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof” (Genesis 2:19).

Names reveal identity and point toward a purpose. Almost every time I travel by plane people will ask me the same two questions. The first is, “What’s your name?” And the second is, “What do you do?” How we answer tells strangers what to think of us. This is because what we call ourselves sends messages of identity to those that don’t know us. Wanting to know what our work entails is rooted in our DNA.

People wrongly associate work (occupations) with identity. With me, I can answer that question in several ways. If I say that I’m an author, people find that exciting and want to know what I write about. If I say I’m an educator, they want to know what I teach. If I say, I’m a businessman, they want to know what type of business. If I say, I’m a preacher, they tend to look out the window hoping I won’t call down fire and brimstone. But what if I said cashier, doctor, waiter, security guard, cook, construction worker, or banker? All these names convey different meanings to people. That’s because names, titles, and labels tell people who we are. Names have meaning. They mean something to you and to others.
Power To Name A Thing with Pastor Trevor Ndamuka
Names are important to God. When Abram, Exalted Father, was 99 years old, God changed his name to Abraham, Father of a Multitude (Genesis 17:5). God changed Sarai’s name Princess when she was 90 years old to Sarah, Noble Woman (Genesis 17:15). After Jacob, Supplanter, wrestled with the Angel of the Lord all night, God changed his name to Israel, God Prevails (Genesis 32:28).

Why are names so important? Because names reveal function, form, design, and identity. The Bible is full of examples of names with meanings.
• Joshua, Jehovah is salvation
• Joseph, Jehovah has added
• Elijah, My God, is Jehovah
• Samson, One like the sun
• Ruth, Friendship
• Zebulun, Exalted

Names may present pictures of who you are to others, but they don’t necessarily define who you are, only what you do. Most of us have had jobs that were temporary. That’s why we don’t let our jobs determine who we are.
Adam names Eve woman.

God could have named Adam’s helpmeet but instead gave that assignment to Adam. “She shall be called a woman.” Where a man gets his identity from God, a woman receives a measure of her identity, not all, from her husband.

Without the woman the man is incomplete, and without the man, the woman is incomplete. Men. Husbands. This is important. Give your wife an identity. Tell her who she is. Let her know that she completes you, and without her, you can never achieve the fullness of your calling. Tell her that she is your wife, made by God to help you complete your divine assignment. Tell her that she married a king that is on his way to fulfilling God’s plan. Declare over her the attributes of a wife found in the Proverbs 31 woman.

God could have named Adam’s helpmeet but instead gave that assignment to Adam. Eve did not name herself. Adam said, “She shall be called woman.” As said already, where a man gets his identity from God, a woman gets a measure of her identity from her husband. Names provide identity, function, and purpose.

Names are important to God. 
Who do you say you are? 
Who do you say your spouse is?

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