Many times when people go trough hardship, difficulties and setbacks their lives are shatterd by those circumstances. It’s very hard sometimes for that person to get up on their feet, and get on with life!..Many are very emotional, fragile and easily given to feelings and negative circumstances.
Give a glance to the following biblical Scripture:
40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
Why on earth, Jesus changed Simon’s name to Cephas (Stone)?
Weird? Not at all…Let’s see:
- Stone in the bible is a symbol of Jesus (The cornerstone-Ephesians 2:19-22)
- Stone is physically strong by nature and therefore hardly broken
That changing of name symbolises a new ID!..That’s it!..A new you, with a strong nature. Bold, courageous , fearless, determined and above all with the character of God.
We see many who say that are believers, yet very fragile and week, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and it’s cravings. The only way out it’s to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, which is God’s empowerment to makes us strong, just like a STONE.
So your name should be ……Stone!
Want to be like Cephas? Well, seek the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and you will be like him…Oh by the way, see what happens when you “Become” a Stone!..
English Standard Version (ESV)
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.