A New Name

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the power our words have. Our words are weighty, important, and eternal. I’m pretty sure most of us can remember a time when someone said some hurtful words about us and they stuck. For a lot of people, words like that get cemented in deep, always echoing in the back of their mind. My sweet grandmother still remembers as a toddler when someone remarked that they would keep “the boys” (her brothers) but weren’t interested in “that girl.” Ouch.

I would challenge you to ask yourself what lies haunt the back of your mind. It might hurt and probably won’t be easy. But, dear friend, don’t stop there. Ask Jesus. Take those lies and hurt to the feet of Jesus and ask him to show you what he sees.

Because our God is the God who speaks worlds into being. His words are true. You may think you’re a screw up or annoying or not quite smart enough or simply unwanted, but when Jesus calls you beloved, brave, beautiful, these words are truth.

His words are true.

“To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.” Revelation 2:17

Dear friend, Romans 8 tells us that in Christ, we are more than conquerors! That’s us!

In Jesus, you have a new name, a new identity, and it is so much more powerful than the lies spoken over you or even than the mistakes of your past. Your creator and father want to share that new identity with you. So much changes when you start from this new idea. He wants to speak truth over those lies, and

the truth changes everything.

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When you are “not good enough,” an unfinished to-do list or less than stellar test grade confirm your identity and wound your heart. But what if you lived from a place of “beloved” or “so much enough”?? These things no longer affect who you are and whether or not the day was a success. When you start to let this true identity sink into your soul and really take the words of a good and loving father to heart, the other things start to matter less. School is still important, but you are not defined by your grades. Friendships are still wonderful, but you are more than the people with whom you surround yourself.

Spend a few moments today with Him. Ask Him how He sees you. Write down the words and names He shows you. Dear friend, let those words be the ones that take root in your heart.

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