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Your Real Name

By October 25th, 2014Uncategorized12 min read
If there’s one thing I am
learning, it’s that we keep learning every day. Life is a journey of discovery,
and the more I think about it, the more I realize that the best part of this
discovery journey is that of self-realization. Why? Because as you get to know,
understand, and most importantly – accept yourself (shortcomings and all) the
way God sees you; only then you truly come into the place of real peace.
Today, I want to share with you
something I learnt…. the greatest irony being that it is something that is
really not ‘new’ to me per se, but which I count myself blessed to ‘know’ today
in a deeper way, and something that I pray will minister to you also. This is one
thing I love about growing especially as a Christian. You can never know it
all, and sometimes even that which you think you know, you can come to realize
with even greater clarity. This is why we never know God’s word enough, even if
we were to memorize every single word in the Bible. There will always be fresh
realization and revelation, and the same goes for our everyday lives as
children of the living God. If we just plug in and anchor ourselves tightly in
the Lord regardless… ours will be lives of constant refreshing.
But let me not get ahead of
myself…. I believe this message is powerful because I believe it is something
the Lord needs you to hear very clearly today. I pray He will open your mind to
truly hear with the eyes and ears of your inner man, and to truly receive what
the Spirit will speak through these words, in Jesus name. Amen!
So, you know I’m still on the
Genesis journey right? Well today, I had one of those ‘revelation in what I have
always known’ moments sis. Simply amazing…and amazing in its simplicity! 
Genesis 3 v 20 (AMP) catches my
eye and I find myself doing a double-take. ‘The man called his wife’s name Eve
(life spring), because she was the mother of all the living’.
I have read this Scripture
time and again over the years, but this morning I found myself wondering what
it was doing in this particular place. I thought ‘Hadn’t she been named Eve
’ I mean, following creation, the entire story up to this point has been
about Adam and Eve right? Well, as I asked these questions and more of myself, I
flipped back to Genesis 2 v 20 and one verse at a time started to look for
where mention was made of ‘Eve’ prior to Gen 3 v 20. I realized for the first
time, that there was no mention of ‘Eve’ before this… The other party in the
Genesis story up to this point was ‘Woman’ and on a couple of occasions ‘Wife’.
I guess I had become so used to the story of ‘Adam & Eve in the garden of
that my mind framed the words I had read several times around this. But
that is not the way the Bible reads… and there is a major message in this!
I asked the Lord to explain this
to me because I was really perplexed for some reason. Go to the scripture and
check for yourself. Gen 2 v 23: ‘…she shall be called woman…’; Gen 2 v 24: ‘…and
cleave to his wife…
.’; Gen 2 v 25: ‘…the man and his wife…’; Gen 3 v 1: ‘…and
satan said to the woman
…’;and so it continues from Gen 3 v 2 right down to Gen
3 v 17. I saw that even in verse 16, God Himself spoke ‘To the woman’. He didn’t
name her! As He spoke his rebuke, He spoke it ‘to the woman’. Again I asked, ‘Why
Lord? What does all this mean?’
And the Spirit of the Lord spoke
to me. Please hear and let this truth sink deep, sis.
The Lord said asked me to note
that the woman was not named until AFTER she had sinned and was in her fallen state – naked and ashamed, hiding from the presence of the Lord. He asked me to pay
attention to this fact. He reminded me that He had already given Adam the
mandate in Gen 2 v 19 to name every living thing, and that whatever Adam called
every living creature ‘that was its name’. He reminded me that ‘Adam’ the
spirit man – male and female which He created, were His representatives on the
earth, created in His image and likeness, and with His full authority to rule
and reign on the earth. Then He said to me that all that happened when Adam
called the woman ‘Eve’ was that Adam was following the principle of the
identity that He (God) gives to His children, and calling the woman by her divine name and mandate. He said to me that He when He
rebuked the woman, He was speaking to her sin nature, to her flesh; that He was
not saying that this was who she was designed to be, or who she was.
The Lord showed me that we are
given a definition of ‘Eve’ in Gen 3 v 20. Eve means ‘Life Spring’ – a
beautiful name, a name filled with promise, purpose and potential. He asked me to think
with my human senses for a minute and imagine what ‘flesh’ would have named the
woman ordinarily. I mean, a woman who has sinned and also caused you to sin in
such a major way? A woman who has brought a weight of hardship on generations
of women (in childbearing) and men (in toil on a land that is now cursed)? A woman
who has taken away your cover of the glory of God? A woman who has caused you
to be cast out of Eden (the place of God’s delight) with its abundant provision
and protection? And you know that as Adam, flesh would never allow you give cognizance to your own
role in accepting to also eat of the fruit that was offered. Flesh would not
remind you that you also were given the commandment – in fact, you were the
primary custodian of the commandment not to touch the tree, or that you could
easily also have said No! Flesh would never allow you to accept those thoughts.
No, no ,no! Flesh would lay all the blame squarely on the woman and her guile,
and what her ‘evil’ intentions might have been, etc etc. And through all these, if flesh was to have
named the woman, she would then have been called some name which would translate
to mean something like ‘Burden’ ‘Liability’ ‘Destroyer’ or worse. Maybe if
flesh had named the woman, she would have been the first Bible character named ‘Mara’. Do you see where the Lord was taking me?
And again the Lord said to me… ‘Adam
named her Eve…“Life Spring” because that is the name that I know her by. That is
the name I called her to be from the foundations of the earth…and that is the
name that she is!’
God said to me that He does not name us according to our
sins, shortcoming and failings in life. No sis, He does not! If she had already been called Eve at creation, and if He had rebuked her as ‘Eve’, He would have been defining her spirit-being according to a sin nature which would not be in agreement with ‘the image and likeness’ of Himself. He said that despite the weight of her sin of disobedience, He already had a redemption plan and He already knew
His victory over sin and the devil. Knowing this, He was not going to call His precious creation
after things that had happened in the flesh, and especially not when He had already declared all of His creation
– herself included, ‘Good’!
Sis, the word of the Lord for you
today is that no matter the labels the world has put on you because of your
sins – past, I dare say ‘present’, and certainly future; that is not the name
the Lord calls you. Regardless of the names that you yourself have put on
yourself as a result of secret sins, of things from your past or present which
everyday hold you bound in fear of discovery and in condemnation; regardless of those names that people
have called you because of what they (and perhaps you?) consider to be failings
in your life – unmarried; divorced; single parent; raped; spoiled; broken;
unfit; jobless; struggling financially; overweight; uneducated; one kind of
failure or the other…. Regardless of all the above, that is NOT what God called
you from the foundation of the earth, and that is NOT who you really are!
The Lord said to tell you today
that He has looked past all of that, and today He names you afresh! He said to
remind you that He formed you, and He called you ‘Good’. Can you please truly believe
this? God said to remind you that He was intentional about bringing you into
this world. He has specific reasons why He birthed you. He has specific reasons
why He has allowed everything in your life to be. He says to remind you that
you don’t have to understand it all… but you have to know that His word is TRUE
and ALL things are working out for your good and for a far greater weight of
glory than you could ever imagine! He said to remind you that you were born for ‘signs and wonders’ and the
fact that you have grown into adulthood contending with one challenge or the
other does not invalidate this divine assignment on your life. You are the
fruit of a womb, and God say’s to remind you therefore that you are His reward…
and that this is true regardless of whether your birth/foster mother/parents
wanted you or not. Their mistakes do not invalidate the word of God in and over
your life.
The Lord said to remind you that
the enemy is a beguiler, a cheater, a deceiver…and his strategies are many and
varied, and sometimes you have succumbed and you will succumb; but God assures
you that He will never name you differently because of this. God says to remind
you today that you are ‘EVE’ – a life spring. It is through you, your experiences
and testimonies that life will come forth …both literally through your womb, and
otherwise as you commit to being a blessing in the lives of others and helping
them come to and remain anchored in the way of everlasting life in Christ. God
said to tell you that you are a Life Spring as long as you remain focused on
walking in His will and way, and allowing Him lead you into the fullness of His assignment for your life here on earth.
God says I should tell you today
to shake off the labels, the many negative names. He said to tell you to shake off the names you have accepted to
be called., to shake them off violently!. He says that until we release what
flesh and the world and the devil call us, and embrace what ‘Adam’ has called us,
it will be hard for us to truly enter the place of God’s rest and live a life
of His supernatural peace and abundance here on the earth. God says to remember
that He has called us ‘Good’; ‘Blessed to be a blessing’; ‘Ransomed’; ‘Forgiven’;
‘Renewed’; ‘Restored’; ‘Sanctified’; ‘Justified’; ‘Pleasing to Him’; ‘Righteous
in Him’; ‘External excellence’s’; ‘Joy’s to generations’; ‘Favored’; ‘Loved’; ‘Worthy’;
‘Kings and Priests’; ‘Brethren of Christ’; ‘HIS OWN’. His own, sis! His own!

The Word of God is filled with
these and so many more names that are His prophetic description of who you
really are as His child. Today the Lord asks that you and I press deeper into Him
and His Word, so that we can truly know that no matter the situations and circumstances
of our lives, in Him we have a glorious name and that name is our heavenly mandate
and our heavenly reality.
I don’t know about you, but this is such a blessing to
me… because more than anything else, today I know again with deeper insight and
clarity that my name… my real name…all my real names (Forgiven; Saved; Anointed;
Qualified; Chosen; Loved) they all add up to this one ‘WINNER’! Halleluyah! The
Lord will help you truly find and know you and your real name my friend, even
as He is surely helping me.
Be blessed sis… for you surely

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