Adam and I are currently counting down the days until we meet Baby Cree number two. We are already the proud parents of a beautiful little girl Ari'Ela, who turned one in December- and this time we're having a boy! 

When choosing names we both feel that the meaning of a name has huge importance. Early on in parenting you realise that you could easily say your child's name a hundred times a day, "Ari'Ela come here please," "Ari'Ela don't do that," "Hello Ari'Ela!" And whether we're having fun or I'm trying to discipline, I know that I am proclaiming "Lionness of God" over her every time I use her name. Spiritually I believe this is powerful over her life. Proverbs 18:21 says "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits."

We've chosen the name Elijah for our son, Elijah means "Our God is Lord." Recently I've been prompted to re visit the life of Elijah. His name and his very presence carried the presence of God. So much so that the people around him couldn't deny that his God WAS 'Lord.' 
As a church, I believe that we are called to be people who carry with them God's presence so obviously that even the most distant and sceptical person can't deny Him!

We know this is possible when we look at the life of Elijah...
Elijah lived in a time when people were believing in a lie, they cast all their bets on Baal, a god of rain and fertility, yet all they saw was death and drought. This makes me think of the world today, people put their trust in money, careers, material possessions and casual relationships which leave them unfulfilled in their search for happiness. Elijah acted in faith and obedience, he confronted King Ahab with the truth that his God was Lord.

"After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” (1 Kings 18:1 NIV). 

He challenged the King and his people, 
"Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.” Then all the people said, “What you say is good" (1 Kings 18:23, 24 NIV)

When the fire fell, the people couldn't deny that God was Lord, they proclaimed it! 

"When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord —he is God! The Lord —he is God!” (1 Kings 18:39 NIV).

Time and time again we witness Elijah carrying Gods authority with him. His name was the truth. He knew who He was and who his God was. When we align with Gods authority in us the situations were faced with can be changed. We can call the truth from each other and align ourselves with our true identities as co heirs with Christ, the sons and daughters of God. James 5:17 encourages us that "Elijah was a man just like us." 

Take some time today to think over words of encouragement which have been spoken over you? What does your name say about you? 
What's your truth and your identity and how can it impact the world around you?

This week choose to speak life and call hope out of the people around you.