What's in a Name?

#28 A New Name for Abram

Posted: Thursday, August 1st, 2019
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About What’s In A Name? Series

What's in a name? Names identify, explain, and serve to distinguish one from another. What do God's names reveal to us about Him, coming from Him?

Devotional

Genesis 17:4-5 AMPC
As for Me, behold, My covenant (solemn pledge) is with you, and you shall be the father of many nations. Nor shall your name any longer be Abram [high, exalted father]; but your name shall be Abraham [father of a multitude], for I have made you the father of many nations.

When Abram was a man confident of his sufficiency, he was a normal man. Chosen and called by God, but he was still entirely natural, no different than all other men.

Then Abram’s love affair with himself died, and he could become a spiritual man. A spiritual man is one who can KNOW God and live in trusting dependence on Him—being still and quiet, letting God be God. The spiritual man is a weak man, a man with new-found courage, willing to live weak on God’s chest. This is a new man, a rare man. A man of God-with-God needs a new name. And he must be called by something greater because he has been made lesser.

Other Devotionals in What’s In A Name? Series

Power in the Name #53 Why Can't We See Our Shocking God? #52 Commanded to Bear Fruit #51 Unending Multiplication #50 Vision of the Almighty #49 El Shaddai, God's Abundance and Might #48 The Real Taking of God Within #47 Blessings of the Deep #46 Foolish and Weak Yet Chosen #45 The Unfathomable, Mystery God #44 Childish and Untaught #43 Almighty Source of All Things #42 The Source for All Humanity #41 Seed Like Stars and Sand #40 A Staggering Multiplication #39 Abundance of the Triune God #38 God Commands and Completes #37 God of Impossibilities #36 To Live Without Needing God #35 God Almighty Needs no Help #34 God Revealed in His Names #33 Abraham's Divine Order #32 Faith is Not an Achievement #31 A Promise is His Command #30 Father of Many Nations #29 Destiny Enlarged by Faith
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