“And the nations shall see your righteousness and vindication [your rightness and justice–not your own, but His ascribed to you], and all kings shall behold your salvation and glory; and you shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord shall name. You shall also be [so beautiful and prosperous as to be thought of as] a crown of glory and honor in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem [exceedingly beautiful] in the hand of your God. You [Judah] shall no more be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land be called Desolate any more. But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord].”
Isaiah 62:2-4 AMPC
Through the years, God has called me by different names to propel me into the seasons of my life. As a little girl, I had been sexually abused and got introduced to sex very early, too early. This coloured my life for a very long time. I saw myself as that abused girl who was not worth anything more than that and I thought I was not worth more than what happened to me. I was a Christian who did not know the name the Father had called me and my ignorance cost me dearly.
From childhood to adulthood, I had many names the world called me.
The abused one.
The suicidal one.
The moody one.
The promiscuous one.
The divorced one.
The hopeless single mother.
The list of names is actually longer than this! The sad part is, I believed each one I was called. I did not know this was not the name God had for me. My life identified with the names I was called and I lived in that manner, fulfilling the names I was being called.
When I ran back into the arms of my Father, He washed me clean and started calling me by the names He gave me. The amazing thing is that as He calls me each name, I step into a new season of life and I walk in the full identity of that name; even better, I now have multiple names and every single one defines who He has made me to be.
He has called me Beulah and Hephzibah. “But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord].” Isaiah 62:2-4 AMPC
He has called me Beautiful one, His beloved. “My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.” Song of Songs 2:10 NIV
He has called me Zoe. This is the Greek word for “Life of God”. This particular name brought with it the knowledge of the everlasting life I carry in me, a life that is not limited by earth or by my body. The indestructible life that flowed in Jesus.
“one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.” Hebrews 7:16 NIV
This is the same abundant life referred to in John 10:10
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV
The most recent name He has given to me is Bethel, the house of the Lord. This was where Jacob had a dream revealing God to him and he named the place, Bethel, The House of God and the Gate of Heaven.
“He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”” Genesis 28:17 NIV
When God gives you a new name, He clothes you with the grace to walk in it. Through the different seasons of my life, God has given me a new name.
Let us go through the Bible and see people God gave a new name to:
Abram (high father) became Abraham (father of a multitude).
“No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.” Genesis 17:5 NKJV
Sarai (my princess) to Sarah (mother of nations)
“Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”” Genesis 17:15-16 NKJV
Abraham and Sarah had Isaac, the child of promise, the following year after this name change. God changed their names in line with their new identity as parents of nations and generations to come.
Jacob (supplanter) to Israel (Prince with God)
“And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”” Genesis 32:28 NKJV
Simon (he has heard) to Peter (rock)
“And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).” John 1:42 NIV
Peter had a significant role in the early church and this was why Jesus had called him, Peter. The solid base of the church.
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18 NKJV
Looking through these list of names, you can see that God changed the name of these people in relation to the new role/identity He had for them. In my own life, every new name the Lord has added to me has propelled me into new seasons of greatness.
Today, the Lord is calling you by a new name.
Where you were called abused, He calls you precious!
Where you were called worthless, He calls you valuable!
Where you were called sad and depressed, He calls you joyful!
Where you were called stupid, He says you have the mind of Christ!
Where they called you barren, the Father calls you a joyful mother of children!
Is God not amazing? I love Him too much, He is just so good!
What name has the Lord called you through the years? If you don’t know, you need to fellowship with Him and know. It will propel you into new seasons of greatness. Share with me below!