You Have a New Name
by Brenda Kunneman
“Speak positively of yourself, says the Lord. For I have purchased for you a new identity. Whatever others have said you are in a negative way, I have changed it and given you a new name that is opposite of it.”
Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah… (Isaiah 62:4).
Often as we go through life, people tend to label us in certain ways based on things such as our personality traits, appearance, or perhaps talents. Some labels we receive aren’t always positive. We are also labeled by our mistakes, or even our inabilities and weaknesses. Also, it isn’t always others who label us. Out of insecurity, we sometimes label ourselves and thereby form certain negative mind-sets about who we believe ourselves to be. This causes us to limit ourselves and may even prevent us from receiving certain blessings from God or from enjoying all the aspects of life He intends for us. In Isaiah 62:4, God tells Israel that He is changing their label and giving their land a different name. They began with the negative name Forsaken. This is reflective of how life tries to label people. However, in spite of it, God changes their name to Hephzibah and their land to Beulah. Basically, the two terms combined mean that God was married to them and that they were His delight.
Know today that the Lord has labeled you differently than life has tried to label you negatively. Therefore, keep all negative labels out of your vocabulary and rejoice today because you have a brand-new name!
Father, I thank You that You have given me a new name today. I repent of all negative labels I have accepted or given myself. I thank You that You have named me after positive things and I am Your delight! Amen.