Philipp 2:9-11 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Recently celebrity news, TMZ (Thirty Mile Zone) broadcasted that businessman, rapper, actor, dancer and record producer-Sean John Combs ($820 million net worth) changed his name again. This would be about the 5th or 6th name change for this entrepreneur in his career. Around 1997 he was Puff Daddy; in 1999 he was Puffy; about 2001 he was P. Diddy; then in 2005 simply Diddy. Then on Nov 4, 2017, his 48th birthday, he Twittered his new moniker-Love or Brother Love.
Latterly however, he Instagrammed that he was only joking. Announced that to avoid confusion, he was just using Love as one of his alter egos. He would still answer to his new or former appellation. No sweat Sean! See an ubiquitous amount of celebrities have name changes and alter egos. Such prominent persons who have/had second selves are Beyonce as Sasha Fierce, Miley Cyrus as Hanna Montana, David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust. There may be nothing wrong in name changing, it can be liberating and even empowering like Jesus changing Simon’s name to Peter. Though it may get confusing for others to ascertain who they are really dealing with-Its YOUR name. Overall you are still intrinsically You. Just please don’t end being Mr. Hyde instead of Dr. Jeckyll. Scary!
Seriously sister, you can bank on, trust and rely on a God who never changes. In Malachi 3:6 the scripture begins with “I the Lord do not change”. He is constant and consistent in nature, time and space being both within it and outside of it. In Exodus 3:14 “God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Talk about the greatest name above all names- I AM says it all.
Concern (C): Sister when you go through trials of all sorts, is God outside somewhere from your present situation or is he present right in the heart of your challenge?
Encouragement (E): I AM is greater than your biggest struggle,. He is seeing all prospects and outcomes from beginning through the middle to the end. I AM has the best interests of those He loves ready to give. Ask for it and ask for His wisdom with it.
Act (A): Learn and Meditate on each name of God: Jehovah Rapha-The Lord who Heals; Jehovah Jireh The Lord who Provides; Jehovah Shammah-The Lord who is There; Jehovah Shalom- The Lord is Peace. And so many others! Allow yourself to Feel the power of what each name brings to your soul, to your spirit. He created you Know Him and Call Him rightfully and confidently by all His names, Daughter.
*Actual Picture of my prayer blanket. Love to wrap up daily under God’s precious names’. Handed down to me by my late Grandmother Clyde-Thinking of You during these Holidays. Love you and miss you. Forever yours ~Cheryl*