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BIRTH NAMES

Isaiah 9:6 “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”

 WHAT SHALL WE CALL HIM?

 My dear, sweet mother was born in the South and had a beautiful southern drawl.  You know what I mean?  But one part of her southern drawl had her put a “r” on the end of a lot of words that just didn’t have it.  For instance, instead of saying window, she would say windor.

So, when we named our first child we named him with a name that ended with a “r,” Christopher.  We were going to name him Joshua, but we didn’t want to hear Joshuar all his life.  Lol.  I sure miss my momma.  I would give anything to hear her say that now.

TEACHING MOMENT

Jesus was named long before He came to earth.  He was given many names, as we see in our verse today. And He lived up to every one of them. How about your children?  Did you name them what you did for a reason or just because you liked the name?  Let me encourage you, if you haven’t, to research the meaning of their name.  And when you have the meaning, make sure your kids know it.

Now, a name doesn’t determine their destiny.  Only God can determine that.  But our children should be taught to carry their name proudly.  Their name and their reputation mean something. When they are referred to by others, their name should stand for integrity, honesty, trustworthiness and loyalty.  We should all have that kind of reputation as believers.  We carry His name as Christians – CHRIST-ians.

Are you carrying His name proudly?  Are you fulfilling the meaning of His name?  Whatever you do or wherever you go, make sure you live up to the standards Christ set. We are to be holy and set apart.  That doesn’t mean isolated from others, but it does mean we are different and should act different.

Lord, help me bear the name of Christ proudly and unashamedly.  Let me be known by others as one who stands for Christ at all times. Let others see Jesus in me.

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