Mary. John. Patricia. James. Common names. In fact, they rank as the most common of all names for babies born in the U. S. Sometimes baby names are a bit out of the box, like Twinkle and Tergel (actual names of real babies). It’s easy to go through life telling people your name is Sam or Suzie, but think of the challenges you face if your parents christened you Frooti or Krithik (also real names)? Feeling a bit uncomfortable at having to constantly spell out your handle is one thing, but what if your parents named you after a demon, perhaps without realizing it?
I checked out of a hotel a few weeks ago, and as I was leaving for the airport I glanced again at the bill and discovered that the desk clerk serving me was actually named Leviathan! That’s the name of a powerful demon, a snake spirit, sometimes depicted as a sea monster (Job 41:1, Psalm 74:14, 104:26). In Satanism, Leviathan is supposedly one of the four Crown Princes of Hell. In spite of this demon’s foreboding and fearful appearance, God’s word promises in Isaiah 27:1, “In that day the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent, and He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.”)
I have cast demons out of children whose parents named them Kali, Venus, Ashtoreth, and yes, even Jezebel. A name is a powerful thing. In the Old Testament, the Hebrews placed much significance upon a name. An appellation could be an expression of prophecy, geography, or anticipated character traits. Abraham is “the father of multitudes.” Joshua means “deliverer.” And, of course, most know that Peter means “rock” (Matthew 16:16). Matthew means “gift of God.”
If you’ve inadvertently named your child after a demon, pray to break curses attached to that name. (My book CURSE BREAKING is an excellent guide to do this. To order CLICK HERE.) Don’t put guilt on your child, but take steps to legally change the name to something neutral or biblical. You don’t have to be an expert at onomatology to pick a good name for your next child, but a little common sense and some research might prevent the potential need for an exorcism of your offspring.
An encouraging word: DON’T FEAR THE NIGHT
I often hear from people that they are attacked spiritually in the night, in all sorts of ways. Through terrible nightmares. With sleeplessness and fear. And with outright demonic assaults. Psalm 91:5 gives the promise, “You will not fear the terror of the night.” If you are tormented during the night, here are some tips. Pray earnestly before you lay down. In extreme cases, anoint your bed with oil. Keep a Bible and cross on your nightstand. (Some have told me they sleep with a Bible under their pillow as a spiritual deterrent to the devil.) Read all of Psalm 91 before going to sleep, and call upon angels to stand guard over you. Above all don’t fear the night.
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