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"What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; and what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops." ~ Matthew 10:27

Deborah O Daniel (Toyin) is an Evangelist and a Christian Writer. She grew up in a strict, religiously confused household, but found Christ on her own, when it became clear to her that she had no relationship whatsoever with Him and had no purpose in life, in spite of her upbringing. Deborah surrendered her life to Christ in 1992 but kept running from her calling owing to the severe trials she faced and the cares of the world, until she had a personal encounter with Him years later. She steps out of her comfort zone as led to fulfill her calling. She also speaks openly about her childhood difficulties and the struggles she has had in life, to testify of the mercy of God and His awesome power. For more messages and a heart talk on living a fulfilled life in Christ, get the book, Walk the Winning Walk - free and available to new believers in Christ, from Divine Literature International.

This Blog is written in Standard British English for the benefit of international visitors. Style of Writing is casual and conversational!

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Reflection: Exodus 20:3-6, Exodus 20:23

As a follower of Jesus Christ, it is important to make good judgment about the names you choose to be called, the names you choose for your children, your projects, your businesses, and anything that has to do with you.

Do you consciously or unconsciously bear a name that promotes other gods, idols, or an ungodly act? What is the spiritual state of the person who gave the name you bear? 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, Asia, and certain parts of South America. A name could also be a Blessing or a Curse. An ungodly one will hinder you from enjoying the presence of the Lord in your life. In Africa for example, many still innocently answer to names that bear the god of iron (Ogun), the devil himself (Esu), the god of lightning (Sango), the river goddess (Oya), Ifa, Odu, and more. Prayerfully rebel against these names and have them changed if you are determined to be a true follower of Christ. You have no relationship whatsoever with those deities.

I had a first name that was given to me by an important member of my family, when I was born. Right from my childhood (and for quite some time), my life was a mess: Things would be beautiful one day, and then turn ugly the next. I just could not figure out what was going on, until I did a little bit of investigation and figured out what was in that name, and other pertinent details that I would rather not share, to accord the giver of the name his due respect. I stopped answering to the name instantly.

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 what 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 speak forth the Word of God, deliver His messages, and encourage others. My African name, Olutoyin (Toyin) means the Lord is worthy to be praised; thus, everything that concerns me must showcase His greatness. Even if I had chosen not to fill these roles, I am called by these prophetic names with numerous tongues that have power. My destiny is tied to the names.

Some people had their names changed in the Bible for good reasons: Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, and Paul, to mention a few. Though their name-change was not by their own choice (as the Lord did so for a reason), you can prayerfully have yours changed too. It is your prerogative, and not a crime to choose not to be called by certain names now that you are a new creature in Christ. It costs little to have your name changed 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, beloved. May we be guided!

Yours Firmly in His Grip.

Deborah (Toyin) Daniel


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