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IDENTITY – Who you are in Christ

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“Beloved, now we are children of God;

and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,

but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him,

for we shall see Him as He is”

~1 JOHN 3:2~ (NKJV)

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God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ.

As we become more and more like Him, we discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be.

How can we be conformed to Christ’s likeness?

BY READING AND HEEDING THE WORD

 

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By drinking deeply and regularly from the well of God’s word, our entire value system will be gradually transformed from the temporal to the eternal

 

BY STUDYING HIS (JESUS) LIFE ON EARTH THROUGH THE GOSPELS

 

(Get ready for a Life-Changing Encounter with God as we continuously seek His face)

 

BY BEING FILLED WITH HIS SPIRIT

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You must be growing in your understanding and application of God’s word

 

AND BY DOING HIS WORK IN THE WORLD 

(even simple things matter)

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God is just  waiting for our YES – and He will enable and empower us to do things that is pleasing and according to His will (things that seems impossible for us to do). NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD

 

Embrace Your Identity In Christ

“He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1:22a NLT)

Your faith will grow stronger as you focus on your identity in Christ (Galatians 2).

What this means is that you abandon any image of yourself that is not from God. You stop accepting what others have said about you, how others have labeled you, and how others have defined you.

You start believing what God says about you, that he is pleased with how he created you, and that God defines you.

You’re not defined by your feelings. You’re not defined by the opinions of others or by your circumstances. You’re not defined by your successes or failures. You’re not defined by the car you drive, the money you make, or the house you say you own when the bank really does.

You are defined by God and God alone. He identifies you as his own (2 Corinthians 1:22).

The thing is, if you don’t know who you are, then you’re vulnerable to other people telling you who you are. But the concrete, solid, gospel truth is that you are who God says you are, and no one else has a vote in the matter.

This “identity issue” is an important part of living the abundant life. Jesus was able to face the incredible demands of his mission because he knew exactly who he was. He knew that he mattered to God, and that gave him confidence to move purposefully in faith. (RICK WARREN)

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Saturate your mind with the truth of God’s Word. It’s filled with reminders of His unconditional love for you. He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). He says that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:35). Don’t let the enemy steal your identity. You are God’s masterpiece. Believe it! (Joyce Meyer)


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The Fifth Commandment

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Exodus 20:12 ~ Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Exodus 21:17 ~ Whoever curses his father or his mother shall be put to death.

Ephesians 6:1-3 ~ Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this this is right. Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise), that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.

Psalm 11:13 ~ If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Honor is the bond between generations (George Stob).

The Fifth Commandment is at the heart of God’s Law. It concludes the first four Commandments that address our relationship with God. It introduces that last six commandments which govern relationships between people.

About a generation ago, American youth in general quit honoring their parents. Today we see appalling results. Respect and reverence for elders have been replaced with rejection, rebellion, and rioting against authority in the home school, church and government.

Youth are not entirely to blame for the breakdown of the family. Many parents fail to command the respect of their young because their own lives are in shambles. Obedience to the Fifth Commandments begins with faithful parents and spiritual elders who teach and guide the young by example and loving discipline.

When parents flout God’s moral law in relation to family, society and government, the meltdown passes on to the next generation. Parents who drink, flirt have no moral authority to restrain their children from drugs and porn. When church and clergy compromise the norms of marriage and family, we should not be surprised at the rising tide of divorce/annulment and teenage pregnancy among Christians.

The Fifth Commandment is hailed as the first commandment with promise: that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land (Ephesians 6:2-3). It would be unwise to reduce this promise to motive. Doing right for rewards is no longer right. We honor and obey our parents, not for reward but simply because it’s the right thing to do. As Paul said, children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right (Ephesians 6:1). When you do that, things will go well for you.

Honoring parents, however, does not guarantee immunity from sickness, accidents, or premature death. The promise linked to the Fifth Commandment is not about rewards but results. It’ about how life works. When children honor their parents, there is no generation gap, no matter how times may change. When children respect and obey their parents, they have the best chance at a long, fruitful and happy life.

The Fifth Commandment with its promise simply echoes general principle of the Bible: the only way to live life well is to live life on God’s terms.

“Honor your parents unconditionally ~ in thought, word and deed ~ regardless how they live and no matter how they treat you (PAST, PRESENT or FUTURE).

~50.DAY 2015~

” My parents are not perfect,flawless and faultless but they are a gift from God that makes them as a perfect Mother and Father to me.”