My husband and I waited expectantly for the text or phone call that would let us know that Julia, our daughter-in-love was in labor and ready to give birth to our first grandson. For a week around the due date, my phone was set on the loudest ring tone in case we were asleep when we got the message.
It’s amazing how certain words change everything!
Late Sunday night, June 3rd we got the message and I came racing over to their house to watch Brielle, our three-year-old granddaughter, while they rushed to the hospital. Then we got the text in the morning that our grandson was born and was doing well, along with Mom, which signaled a happy day for the Dedmon tribe.
As we entered the birthing room in the hospital, Kevin, my husband, and I held our grandson for the first time, cooing and gawking over him because we had waited expectedly for this day to welcome our first grandson into the world, and now here he was!
Excitedly, we asked Chad and Julia what name they had decided on. “Hmm…well, we don’t know yet.”
Every day when we went over to visit them, taking food and helping out where we could, we would ask the same question to see if they had decided on a name. We would just hear a grunt: “Hmm…we don’t know yet.”
Well, after 4 days of pestering them, they finally decided on the name, David Judah Dedmon, which is such a strong regal name, and has so much significance in my lineage.
Words are so important in how we are molded according to our destiny, which is why the Israelites gave so much attention to naming their children in the Old Testament.
It’s incredible how we co-create with God even in birth. God creates man in the womb, which is hidden from view, but then we get to declare identity and destiny through the names we choose when our children enter the world.
Words Shape Us
I am fascinated by the Great I AM and how He has shaped all of our stories through words.
In the beginning, when God created, He used words to create, “Let there be light.” His words became the narration for the birth of space, time, worlds, life, and mankind.
He named Adam for a specific purpose, when He breathed life and spoke into His being to be formed. In Genesis 2:20, we see Adam following in His Father’s footsteps and naming all of the animals and then in verse 23, Adam names Eve and gives meaning and purpose to her identity.
When our grandson was named David Judah I was so elated because he was born on June 4th, which was my Uncle David’s birthday, who was a scientist, and who created the first modem for the computer. This legacy could now be passed on to our grandson, David.
Also, my brother, David is an accomplished author and journalist, inspiring many Christians within the Catholic Charismatic Movement and beyond.
Just like David in the Bible, my grandson, has a rich heritage that he can look to for encouragement in becoming his unique self to impact the world in some way.
Being named Christians, we all have been given a rich inheritance through Jesus.
Today, God wants to breathe life into your identity with words of truth and affirmation about your destiny. Your life is tied to so many other people, just as my grandson’s earthly journey is tied to my family legacy.
He wants to carefully plan for your destiny and release words of blessing and identity just like Chad and Julia want to declare as they raise David and Brielle.
My grandson has no idea yet who he is but he is about to find out as we love him and raise him up in the Lord. In the same way, your identity and your heavenly name is unfolding before your very eyes.
Not only are names important when a child is born like in my grandson’s case, but God also has a rich future beyond what our natural name alone can give us.
In the Old Testament, when God changed a person's name and gave him a new name, it was to establish a new identity and destiny. God changed Abram's name, "high father", to “Abraham,” "father of a multitude" (Genesis 17:5), and his wife's name from “Sarai,” “my princess,” to “Sarah,” “mother of nations” (Genesis 17:15–16).
Revelation 2:17 promises that we will receive a new name if we overcome to the end. Maybe that name will represent how we fulfilled the purposes God had for us while on earth.
Today, I want to encourage you that every word God has promised for your life will come to pass. Isaiah 55:11 says,
So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Every chance I get, I stare into David Judah’s face and speak into his destiny as my grandson. In the same way, I want to encourage you to let the Father speak into your destiny as you spend time with Him, and review the prophetic words and destiny He has spoken to you.
Our Words Shape Others
Psychologists and emotional health experts agree that people who receive encouragement grow exponentially more in confidence than those who are constantly criticized or demeaned.
God’s word gives us clear direction that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21).
As we move towards our creative destiny in life, we need to examine what we say about ourselves, and others, both in the way we think and in the way we speak. We need to ask ourselves if what we are naming others in our speech aligns with God’s Words about who they are.
Words Carry Eternity
Like the Great I Am, we are shapers of history through our words and what we believe about their impact.
Let’s use our words to fight for our breakthrough and the breakthrough of others, as we creatively declare God’s goodness and truth.
I want my grandson to experience so much more of God than I ever saw. I want his ceiling to be my floor. I want to give him shoes of destiny that are too big for him right now, and watch him grow into them. I want him to run his race, as he tries to catch up to all of the words spoken over his life. I want him to live up to his name, and carry on his legacy to future generations.
Welcome, David Judah Dedmon to a world where the words over your life not only natter, but will shape your destiny!
Remember, you are Born to Create.