This morning, a friend wrote on Facebook that she read a quote somewhere that said, "Satan knows our name, but calls us by our sin. God knows our sin, but He calls us by our name."
When I finished reading that quote, this beautiful Scripture was in my heart and I responded to her with, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." Isaiah 43:1 ESV
I am His.
He knows my name.
I have struggled from time to time with knowing who I am in Christ. But, I love the faithfulness of God and how He never gives up on me. And He never allows me to just get by with things in life.
Here's an example of His relentless love. He wants us to know that we are His and He is ours. And He will do whatever it takes.
I pulled the book "Captivating" by John & Stasi Eldredge off my shelf last week and decided to work through the workbook since I only read the book last time. *If you haven't ever read this book, I highly recommend you buy it immediately.*
Anyway, it's been a few years since I read it. By nature, I'm a note taker and I highlight and journal in my books all. the. time. I opened to the introduction page and I see a passage of Scripture and nothing was highlighted. Weird for me. I quickly opened my Bible to Isaiah 62:1-5 to see if maybe I highlighted it there. Nope.
This is what I mean when God doesn't give up on us when He's trying to send a message. I read the passage a few times and I see this phrase:
"you will be called by a new name"
Funny, it took me two years to see that.
I quickly made a note card with Isaiah 62:2, 4 and posted it to my Instagram account with the caption: "When God speaks loudly: listen."
I never even noticed those Scriptures before but its the message He's been wanting me to understand for some time now. He has given me a new name. He's been telling me this over and over and yet I didn't hear Him. I was too busy trying to perform and produce and calling myself names like:
-not good enough
-world's okayest mom :)
We don't have to answer to those names. Because we are His, we respond to:
All we have to do is come to Him and surrender.
He's been trying to get me to hear His voice and His Words of life to me. This is why it is so important to spend time with the Lord daily and wait for His still small voice. Read the Word out loud. Confess who He is to you and then listen as He shares His heart. And then journal what you hear Him respond to you. Cling to those promises.
We serve a relational God who wants to be in fellowship with us. We can get so caught up in the temporal everyday nonsense but what He desires is to share with us all that He has. Take the time to get to know Him more.
You belong to the King of Kings.
His delight is in you.
You are beautiful to Him.