“…Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered. Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome...” Gen 32:26-28 NIV [italics & emphasis mine]
Recently I preached a series about the attributes of Giant killers; one of the key attribute is speaking-faith filled words-of what is to be before it comes to be. We saw [1 Sam 17:45-47] that David SPOKE what he and God were going to do before they did it. We also saw that Joshua and Caleb spoke about taking over the promised land before they set their feet in the land to face giant indigenous people, [Numbers 13:30]
When Jacob fights with God for blessing, he gets ‘a new name’ (Israel) instead. We see this phenomenon again when God descends to Abram and Sarai, He changes their names to Abraham and Sara [Gen 17:5]. This signifies not only a change in relationship, but also proclaims the destiny. When we are cursed, it is a spell(word) spoken against us; likewise when we are blessed it is a word that is spoken FOR us. Let us (like gods on earth) learn to speak faith filled words, proclaiming the end before it comes to pass.