Everyone has been called a name at some point. A name that seems to stick with you even years later. Think of what you have been called over the years.
This list isn’t exhaustive. These names hurt and we don’t forget them. We keep holding on to the pain that these names have caused but that doesn’t do us any good. These names should not define us. God should be the one to define us. With new names we can put the past aside. For example, Abram was given the name Abraham by God. It means father of many. What once was causing Abraham distress, was changed by God. With a new name, Abraham was greatly blessed with many children. Again, Saul became Paul. He left his old identity of sin and with a new name became the greatest missionary. A new name allowed for a new start, a fresh beginning.
Here’s what I want you to do:
Take a piece of paper and sit down in a quiet place. On that piece of paper write down every name that you’ve been called from when you were a child until today. Pray about each one on the list. Then nail the paper to the cross. Burn the paper. Shred it. Release the pain and the past. Break the chains that are binding you.
Once you have found release, ask God for a new name. Ask Him to give you one. Let God define you! Listen for the voice that tells you who you are to Him. The new list could be something like this:
Blessed (Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Matthew 5:8)
Daughter/Son (John 1:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:5)
Friend (John 15:13-15)
Loved (Ephesians 3:18, John 3:16)
Beautiful (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Psalm 139:14, 1 Samuel 16:7)
Never Alone (Hebrews 13:5)
Strong (Philippians 4:13)
Release the past and embrace who you are in Christ!
~ ideas from the novel Soul’s Gate by James L. Rubart