An Everlasting Name

Jul 3, 2018 | Discipleship

Isaiah 56:5 NLT
“I will give them – within the walls of My house – a memorial and a name far greater than sons and daughters could give. For the name I give them is an everlasting one. It will never disappear!”

Series: The Book of Isaiah

In Isaiah 56:5, God is promising something everlasting to the exiles who would return from captivity. What is this everlasting name that Jesus is releasing into our lives?

In the New Testament, we see that Jesus started giving a new identity to the disciples and He tells us that we are children of God. In John 1:12 He says to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. Jesus goes on to say that we are now called His friends. God continues to reveal our true identity under the new covenant. Every other name we are called by such as pastor, father, or friend, may fade away but one title will remain and that is the name that God has called you. In the scriptures we find God calling us affectionately with many names and that would never change.

We try to get approval and attention from people and that is why whatever the world calls us, we tend to adopt it and it becomes who we are. We cannot believe what people call us because God says He is giving us something eternal, something that will never disappear, no matter the circumstances in life.

Come to the feet of Jesus and lay down every other name that you have called yourself or people have called you based on your circumstances and difficult times. Don’t take a step forward without laying down every other title, even the good titles that you hold on to dearly. Lay it all down and take this new crown that God is giving you, calling you His beloved, His child, His confidante. May His name for you cause you to burn with passion to not believe or receive any other voice.

Father I pray that this morning there will be a replacement of identity, of value systems and of life directions because you are releasing a new name and a new identity into our lives. We don’t want to be stuck with what people say about us. We want to be valued only by what you call us and how you value us. That has to be the ultimate reality in our lives. Thank you for doing that in our hearts and lives. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen

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