15 And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”
When God is about to fulfill His word in our lives, it requires an identity upgrade. He sees us according to His promise, according to His finished work. Many times, we see ourselves based on what we lack, identifying with our perceived failures.
And so, God gives us a new name. He breathes life into our frailty and opens our eyes again, enabling us to see and align ourselves with His promise, His vision. He names us, identifying us with His purposes in the earth.
Sarai needed an upgrade. God commanded Abraham to relate to her from the place of promise, not focusing on her barren history. By doing so, Abraham’s own identity as the “Father of Nations” was being established.
The flesh is useless; it cannot inherit the promise. But the words of God—they are filled with the Spirit and life (John 6:63, my paraphrase).
If your history is filled with failure and lack, do not despair. Fix your eyes on Jesus! Let His words wash over you, restoring your faith in His promises for your life. All of God’s promises are “yes” and “amen!” He will complete the work, even in the face of impossibility.
Founder, Ask for the Nations