A New Name

Striving to tell myself the Truth and stop believing the all-so-real lies, this is one of those times when the battle is strong.  Even though an intense argument with my husband turned out to be profitable for our marriage and parenting, I sinned all the way through it and now I was left condemning and critiquing myself.

My name is condemned.  I am a failure.  Call me quick-tempered.  Call me bitter.

I've been responding to these names all day long.  Maybe I'm not the only one who identifies herself by her sins.  I need a new name...

After a divine wrestling match, Jacob received a new name.

God said to him, "Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel." So he named him Israel.    Genesis 35: 10

In Genesis, Jacob was known as Deceiver, Supplanter, Trickster.  He spent his life manipulating ways to achieve the blessing God had promised him.  Even though he had known this promise, he would keep taking matters into his own hands.  After a lifetime of wrestling, the ultimate match was won when Jacob finally gave up, finally surrendered to the Lord.  And with the surrender came a new name:  Israel--May God Prevail, Triumphant with God, Chosen by God.

If you've surrendered your own ways, believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, then He has renamed you too.  You have a new name--several new names, in fact.  Names like Redeemed, Beloved, Forgiven, Cleansed, Pure...

My name is now Accepted.  I am Forgiven.  Call me Loved.  Call me Righteous.

Only through the finished work of Christ on the cross can I be given these kind of names.  

When He had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.  John 19:30

This finished work of Christ is so glorious!  And because of His work, we don't have to live in condemnation.  Instead, we can now walk in the Light as He is in the Light.  And this is what I've kept returning to on this day when the old names come creeping back.

 What is your new name?

Love, Wendy