[SW188] 05/29/2015 message notes by
Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015
“A New Name”
Text: Isaiah 62:1-5, Romans 5:6-10
God’s great desire is to give you a new name — a new reputation, a new nature, a new character — His!
You must understand Romans 5:6-10, agree with God about your rebellion against Him (sin), and receive what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross. Then God gives you MANY new names. Here are just a few —
OLD NAME NEW NAME
Under God’s wrath Saved from God’s wrath
Dead Raised to life
Blind One who sees
In the dark In Christ’s light
Far away Brought near
In a fog In the clear
Existing Living life as God has it
Beaten Protected by God’s power
Wounded child Child of God
Sick, with no cure Healed
And THEN, when you ask your heavenly Father to fill you with the Holy Ghost (Luke 11:13) —
OLD NAME NEW NAME
Slave to sin Set free from sin
Divided heart Pure heart
Depressed Full of Christ’s joy
Witness of Adam’s nature Witness of Christ’s nature
Beloved, when He gives you a new name, He changes you!!!!!! Do you believe it?
Beloved, today’s church doesn’t mention sin, just blessings. They don’t want you to feel bad about yourself. But you must see yourself through God’s eyes, see the name you now have, and understand your need for a new name! By not mentioning sin and not requiring repentance in order to be “saved,” today’s church DEPRIVES YOU of the true blessing of transformation of your character, reputation, nature and future!
Look at the transformations God has done —
Abram (exalted father) became Abraham (father of multitudes) — Genesis 17:5.
Sarai (princess) became Sarah (mother of nations) — Genesis 17:15.
Jacob (supplanter, schemer) became Israel (he who strives with God) — Genesis 32:28.
Simon (hearer) became Peter (a piece of rock) — Matthew 16:18.
The woman with the issue of blood, who had to cry, “Unclean” when she was in public,
became “Daughter” — Mark 5:34.
He changes your character, your reputation, your nature, your future. Will you believe Him?
People will say of you:
“How you have changed! What has happened?” (No one will miss the old “you.”)
“You are free as a bird! How did that happen?”
“You are healed! That’s impossible!”
“Your face glows! How can that be?”
“I’ve never seen a love like yours! You even love those who hate you!”
“I can feel the joy that’s in you when I’m near you!”
“You have a peace I can’t even comprehend!”
“How can you be patient in such a frustrating situation?”
“I have never seen such kindness and caring from you!”
“You have such great faith in Jesus Christ?”
“How can you be so full of hope when everything looks hopeless?”
“You are so gentle and humble — you never used to be that way!”
And you will be able to tell them what God has done in you, through Jesus Christ, and by the power of His Holy Spirit.
And here is another powerful truth —
When men try to label you with one of their names, your character, your reputation, and your nature will not conform to their name!
In captivity in Babylon, three Hebrew young men were renamed by a Babylonian commander—
GOD’S NAME MAN’S NAME
Hananiah (YHWH is gracious) Shadrach (circuit of the sun/sun worship in view)
Mischael (who is what God is) Meshach (who is what Aka, a Babylon god, is)
Azariah (YHWH has helped) Abed-nego (servant of Nego, a Babylonian god)
But when they were commanded to worship King Nebucadnezzar’s image, they refused and remained loyal to God, even when their lives were at stake.
No man will be able to change your nature, your reputation, and your character when God has given you a new name!
I tell you, beloved, He wants to give you a new name today. But you must agree with Him that you need one, just as Israel needed to agree with Him in Isaiah 62:2.
They were “not yet” (see verse 1), just as some who are watching are “not yet.” You’re still rebellious against God.
You’re still going your own way.
You confess that you are a Christian, but you live like the devil.
And church, you do the same! And you are exiled from the presence of God; He is not with you right now.
But I will not keep quiet until your righteousness goes forth like the dawn, and your salvation like a burning torch!
I will give the Lord no rest until He makes you a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:7)!
Believe God, confess your sin, turn from it, ask God to forgive you through the precious blood of Jesus Christ! He will make you a child of God!
THEN ask God the Father for His Holy Spirit, and He will fill you and make you a witness to His Son, Jesus Christ!