For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. Isaiah 62: 1-4;
Names are more than just means of identification, they are very significant because they are like foundations upon which the lives of men are built. There appears to be a connection between a man's name and his destiny. The name by which a man is called can have far reaching effects upon his life, and this is the reason why it is extremely dangerous for anyone to go about with a wrong name. If a defective name is stamped upon a man, something can permanently go wrong with his life, and it is for this reason every one of us should desire a new name which the Almighty God alone can give.
It is of a great significance when God changes the name of a man; when God gives new name to a man, it usually marks a great turning point and new beginning in the life of that man. Certain men in the scriptures who had definite encounter with God, at some point in their lives were given new names by God, and these names indeed became pointers to the destinies they eventually fulfilled on earth. If it was necessary for God to give new names to some of the people He had major encounter with, then it clearly shows that something was wrong with the names by which they were previously called. For instance, God called Abram when he was seventy-five (75) years, but gave him a new name ‘Abraham’ (father of many nations) twenty-four (24) years later when he turned ninety-nine (99)! It is noteworthy that fulfilment of the promises of God in Abraham’s life did not begin until God gave him a new name; in fact it was the new name that ushered Abraham into everlasting covenant with God! It appears Abraham’s former name ‘Abram’, lacked the ability to usher him into realm of fulfilment of his God-given purpose, so God gave him a new name which opened wide doors of blessings to him.
One thing that is common among most people is to name a person after his or her condition or predicament. For instance, Jabez was named ‘Jabez’ because he was conceived and delivered in sorrow. Not many people knew Bartimaeus as the son of Timaeus, but everyone knew him as ‘Bartimaeus the blind’! It is very convenient for people to call others names around their predicaments and negative situations, and as a result of this many people have earned negative names like ‘barren woman’, ‘sickler’, ‘failure’, ‘never do well’, ‘good for nothing’, ‘debtor’, ‘borrow borrow’ etc just because of the situation they found themselves. Like Jabez, many have been going about with terrible names, which one way or the other, have been affecting their destinies. God is aware that the world has been calling you with horrible names, and this is why He has promised to give you a new name. Isaiah 62:4 says ‘Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married’. The Almighty God who repaired the destiny of Jabez will also visit your foundation and give you a brand new beginning.
For everyone who desires a new name from God, it is important to state that there can never be a new name without a new life! According to Genesis 17, Abram did not receive a new name until he straightened his life with God. ‘And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. Also in Genesis 22, Jacob’s name was not changed until after he had totally submitted himself to God. The life of Jacob, before God gave him a new name ‘Israel’, was full of deceits, falsehood, troubles and struggles. Until Jacob dropped all the carryovers trailing his destiny, God didn’t give him a new beginning. It was clear that his former name would never usher him into the covenant blessings of Abraham, so God gave him a new name. Just as it is not proper to put new wine into old bottles, God cannot give new names unto those who are not prepared to start a new life of righteousness.
Dearly beloved, you cannot afford to continue your life the way it is now, God desires to set a new platform that will take you to your next level of glory but you also have a part to play. The name you are called is like the carrier of your destiny, so if the world has labelled you with terrible names, you must desire an encounter with God for change of your name. It does not matter how your life has been messed up in the past; it does not matter how battered your life is, God is ready to give you a new name, and also give you a brand new beginning.