Serving the Lord 99.5% and the devil 0.5% is unacceptable. The Lord made it clear in Exodus 20:3-6. As a believer in Christ, you must be careful what name you are called; what name you give your children, your project, your business, and anything else that has to do with you. Names identify you physically and spiritually, and should not be taken lightly.
Do you unconsciously bear a name that promotes other gods/idols or an ungodly act? What is the spiritual state of the person who named you? Your name may mean one thing to you and another thing to the one who gave it to you (especially if you are from Africa). A name could be a Blessing or a Curse. An ungodly one will hinder you from enjoying the presence of the Lord in your life. Prayerfully rebel against it, and have it changed.
Years ago, I had a first name that was given to me by an important member of my family. I was in such a mess - success today; failure tomorrow. I just could not figure out what was going on until I did my own personal research. I stopped answering to the name.
You are who you say you are, and what you answer to. When you answer to a name you are called, you are more or less saying, "Amen," to a prayer. You are responding to a blessing or a curse pronounced, by saying, "Yes, it is so". Likewise, when you introduce yourself as such. You are expressing agreement with who others say you are. Citing examples: my Christian name is Deborah; and so I am destined to be a blessing to others, not a curse. I am called to encourage others, defend and assist the weak, speak the Word of God, and deliver His messages to His people. My African name Olutoyin ('Toyin) means the Lord is worthy to be praised; and so, my lifestyle must showcase the greatness of God who is worthy of praise. The Bible says there is power in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Even if I had chosen not to fill these roles, I am called by these prophetic names daily, with numerous tongues; thus my destiny is tied to the names.
Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, and Paul had their names changed. You can prayerfully have yours changed too. It is your prerogative to choose what name you are called now that you are a new creature in Christ. It costs little to have a name-change in the United States and the United Kingdom, and almost nothing in certain parts of the world. If others ask why you changed your name, let them know you were created for God’s pleasure only, and must live out His purpose for your life. Let the Lord be glorified by your lifestyle, conduct, and the name you are called.
Shalom, good people!