Time for a Name Change?


Isaiah 62:1-7

New International Version (NIV)

Zion’s New Name

62 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,     for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn,     her salvation like a blazing torch. 2 The nations will see your vindication,     and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name     that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. 3 You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,     a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 No longer will they call you Deserted,     or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah,[a]     and your land Beulah[b]; for the Lord will take delight in you,     and your land will be married. 5 As a young man marries a young woman,     so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,     so will your God rejoice over you.

6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;     they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord,     give yourselves no rest, 7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem     and makes her the praise of the earth.

What is your name?  I don’t mean “Susan” or “John” or “Sally” or “Bill.”  Names in the Bible are much richer than just the call letters by which people identify themselves.  Our names represent how we see ourselves and how others see us.   Jacob’s name was “cheater”  which also became his reputation.  The Bible gets at this when it says,  “a good name is more desirable  than great riches.” (Proverbs 22:1)

Sometimes a literal change of names may accompany a change of reputation.  In 1994 we changed the name of our church from First Pentecostal Church to Christ Community Church.  The former represented a denomination which had a reputation for exclusion and our new name represented Christ who has a reputation for inclusion.  Our new name was accompanied by a new self-image within the church and our church grew as we enjoyed our new reputation.

What is your name?  Is it “Discouraged” or “Hopeless” or “Exhausted?’  Today I feel like I may be writing my blog for one person who especially needs to know that they can have a fresh start.  Take this Scripture as God’s personal word to you.  “I’m giving you a new name” says the Lord.

There are intercessors praying now for you  to enjoy the benefits of a new name.  They will not be silent until it comes to pass.


About drphilipnordstrom

I am the Lead Pastor of Bethesda Christian Fellowship which is a dynamic growing congregation in Knoxville, Tennessee. I have an amazing wife, Melanie, two daughters, Natalie, and Kristiana, and a son, Noah. Nordstroms are passionate world changing Christ followers. We are educated with a Christian world view. We make godly decisions regarding friendships and marriage. We seek God's guidance for our life work and ministry. View all posts by drphilipnordstrom

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