Known by God: God Names Us Forward

Known by God: God Names Us Forward

God is the only being whose speech cannot be separated from his acts. When God renamed Abram and Sarai, he propelled them into a vast calling. When God renamed Gomer and Hosea’s children, he showed his people a vision of a better future and a certain reality. When God renamed Jacob, he stripped him of what was holding him back so he could move forward into God’s purposes.

When God changes your name, he brings you into his healing power and holy plans. He changes your entire story.

In place of the damaging names you have carried, the Holy Spirit, as in the ancient days, wants to speak a new name—a forward name and a freeing name—over you. God is inviting you to shed your false names, leave them behind, and replace them with his name for you.

What would happen if you and your community began to pray about, listen for, and invite God to reveal, remove, and replace any adverse names you are living under? What would that look like? Feel like?

I don’t know what false names or nicknames you’ve been speaking over yourself or listening to, but I can say this: You are not Mistake, Idiot, Too Much, Too Little, Overlooked, or Unloved.

You are Beloved. You are Noble. You are Spiritual Mother, Spiritual Father to Many. You are Servant of King Jesus. You are Daughter of God, Son of God. You are Renamed.

Don’t listen to any names other than the ones God calls you.

And also this: If, over time, God seems to be silent about your (re)name, don’t lose heart.

Move toward him anyway.

God may have a very specific name to speak over you in a sacred, surprising moment. Or God may be directing a long process of calling forth a name for you. Or you may already be perfectly named. Or God may wait until you meet him face-to-face.

What I’m saying is, don’t get too concerned or stuck searching for some “secret” name that God may or may not reveal to you today or tomorrow or even a decade from now. God is not playing hide-and-seek with you. Isaiah 56:5 tells us that the name God will give his children is an everlasting one, a name that will never disappear. In his perfect timing, in his perfect way, he names his children.

Being named only matters because of the one who has named us.

His name covers us; his name defines us. His name remakes us. The true and final name, the decisive name that God will bless you with, is one that can never be changed or taken away—because you are his.


OUR NAMES CARRY WITHIN THEM a divine capacity: the knowledge that we belong somewhere and, more importantly, to Someone.

You  belong—heart, soul, mind, and  strength— to the God who created you  and gave his life to save you and call you by his name.

God has named us, uniquely and creatively—but none of our names  matter apart from him, apart from how he has made us in his image and called us his children. The transformative power in our names come from him. Understanding and internalizing the dignity and destiny we have as God’s image and likeness- bearing children transforms our entire sense of meaning and purpose.

Who we are matters deeply to God.

But Whose we are is everything.

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