A New Name
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What Is Your Name?
You know, there's just something about a name. Perhaps the name that identifies you isn't the one that's on your birth certificate, but one that has come from what others have said to and about you, what the enemy has said to you, and what you have believed or even hoped for yourself. But God has a name for you, and it's not based on who you are right now or what you've done. Instead, God's name for you is based upon his plans, his purposes, and what and who he has created you to become.
Today we take a look at the Scriptures to see not only some of the names God has changed for others, but to answer the question, does God have a new name for you?
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A White Stone
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it." (Revelation 2:17 NKJV)
Wesley comments on this verse, and suggests that the ancients would judge by either white or black stones. The black stones showed guilt, and the white stones meant aquital. Well, to him who overcomes, Jesus will give a white stone, for his or her sins have been paid for, and he declares them innocent of wrong.
And on this stone is a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it. Let's think about that for just a moment. Who are these who overcome? Remember, he's speaking to the churches, giving them exortation, direction, both commending and reproving them. And to those who overcome, he will give a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.
Is there a white stone reserved for you? And do you have a new name written on it?
We all have names. Perhaps the name that identifies you isn't the one that's on your birth certificate, but one that has come from what others have said to and about you, what the enemy has said to you, and what you have believed or even hoped for yourself.
But God isn't impressed by our own self-perceptions, either good or bad. He has something in mind for you, and it's something good. As he says in Isaiah and echoes in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
Your name might be "Pretty Good Person," or "Total Loser," or "Troubled Wanderer," or "John Doe." But God has a name for you, and it's not based on who you are right now or what you've done. Instead, God's name for you is based upon his plans, his purposes, and what and who he has created you to become.
It's not based upon those things which have been passed down to you by your parents and grandparents, but upon the legacy he has called and ordained you to pass on to the world around you and to generations to come.
What is your name? God is forming it in you day by day. He calls to you every morning saying, "Take a little time to get in my presence! Read my Word! Talk with me! So I can take you in the direction you were created to go!"
What is your name? If you are an overcomer, if you are one of those who will hold on to God and will refuse to let go no matter what may come, it is written on a white rock. It is written upon the token of your aquital, that pure white perfection that God sees in you -- that which he has created you to become, being changed every single day from glory to glory by the Spirit of God.
God knows your name. And as you center your life around him and seek first and central his kingdom and his righteousness, he will continue to etch that new name upon your life, and he will give you the strength to overcome, to be where you should be when the enemy tries to spring his traps, and to see the path before you clearly when his ambush is waiting to take you out.
You are so very special to God. He knew you the very first day you were conceived in your mother's womb. He knit you together, forming your parts. You are wonderfully and fearfully made. And all the days of your life were written in his book. He knows your name.
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