Topic: Releasing the Old to Establish the New [Seeds of Destiny 18 August 2019 Devotional]
Until the person you used to be dies, the person you are meant to be cannot live. The truth is, there is a person God has in mind for you to be. There is an anointing you can never step into until something in you goes.
SCRIPTURE: And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel:… Genesis 32:28.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Until the person you used to be dies, the person you are meant to be cannot live.
In our anchor Scripture, we see that when Jacob was about to shift to another phase of his life, he was asked one of the most vital questions in life by the angel: ‘What is your name?’ and he replied: ‘My name is Jacob’ (Genesis 32:27). Now, remember that before this time, his father also asked him, ‘Who are you?’ when he was about to receive the blessing (Genesis 27:32), and he said that he was Esau.
When he told the angel that his name was Jacob, a supplanter, the angel seemed to say, ‘You are neither Jacob nor Esau; Jacob is a bad name, and the Esau you claimed to be when you wanted to receive the blessing was a lie. Your name shall be called Israel (Genesis 32:28).’ There was a change of identity before he was launched into his destiny. Jacob was the person he used to be but Israel was the person he was meant to be.
Now, take note of the following:
i. Until the old you goes, the new you will not emerge.
ii. Those who hold on to the old never lay hold of the new.
iii. Until the person you used to be dies, the person you are meant to be cannot live. The truth is, there is a person God has in mind for you to be. There is an anointing you can never step into until something in you goes.
So, until the ‘Jacob’ in you dies, the ‘Israel’ in you cannot live; liberty and destiny cannot be expressed, and capacity cannot be enlarged.
Beloved, the ‘Jacob’ could be a deceptive lifestyle, immorality, financial fraud, bitterness, etc; let it give way to a new you according to God’s desire and you are set to fulfil destiny.
Remember this: Until the person you used to be dies, the person you are meant to be cannot live.
- Desist from every lifestyle that is preventing the manifestation of God’s purpose and power in your life.
- If your name has an evil connotation, you can consider a physical change of name.
- Make demands on God for a change of identity at the place of prayer; let the old you die completely.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: PATHWAY TO DESTINY
PRAYER: O Lord, have Your way in my life. Crush every habit in me that hinders your power and purpose for my life, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Esther 1:1 to 3:15, 1 Corinthians 11:17 to 34, Psalm 35:17 to 28, Proverbs 21:19 to 20
QUOTE: Integrity compels audacity and iniquity invites calamity. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT: The largest eye on the planet belongs to the colossal squid, and measures around 27cm across.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The grace to identify the ‘Jacob’ in you and the grace to release it out of your life is released, in Jesus’ Name.
Today’s devotional was written by Pastor Paul Enenche of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Pastor Paul and Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities