In the Bible, names matter. They have a meaning. Names are never mere nomenclature. People weren’t given names because they sounded nice, or because their parents were naming them after a celebrity, or because their mom suggested it—strongly. Names carried weight and character and were often tied to a person’s destiny. That’s why, throughout Scripture, when God was about to do something new with a person, He would often change the name.
 
Names carried weight and character and were often tied to a person’s destiny.
 
Abram became Abraham.
 
Jacob became Israel.
 
Simon became Peter.
 
Saul became Paul.
 
All through the Bible, we find God switching names around because He’s switching up identities or purposes tied to their kingdom roles. A person was given a new name designed to fit the reputation or character of his or her new path. Names held power tied to purpose. And the name of Jesus, of course, held—and still holds—the power above all power. Now our name is forever connected with His name.
 
A person was given a new name designed to fit the reputation or character of his or her new path.
 
It’s time to own your life through a proper understanding and use of the power of the name of Jesus. It’s time to take charge of who you are by identifying with Him. Stop letting other people’s thoughts, words or actions drive you down. There is power in the name of Jesus. In His name, you can stand up and unleash your full potential.
 
 
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About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.



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