“What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.” “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” -Genesis 32:27–28
If you’re hearing a name spoken over your life that is something other than, “Child of God,” then God wants to change that, but it will come with a wrestle. Only after wrestling did Jacob receive his new name, Israel—his true identity.
God invites you to wrestle with all the other names spoken over you. Instead of running from your past, mistakes, failures, hurts, words people have spoken over you, or lies you’ve believed, He brings you face to face with those names. As you present all these to God, He will say, “No longer will that be your name.” He will speak your true name and identity to you. You’re safe with Him. He knows who you really are. He will call you by your true name.
Lord, the ridiculous names the world has given for my weaknesses and innocence are quite depressing and isolating. Help me to become a witness of Christ by making me a new creation and granting a new name, identity and profile. In His Name, Amen.