WHEN I FIND CHRIST I FIND MY IDENTITY
WHY DOES MY IDENTITY MATTER?
· PERSONAL IDENTITY ANSWERS THE QUESTIONS
WHO AM I?
DOES MY LIFE MATTER?
· YOUR PERSONAL IDENTITY HAS A SOURCE
“He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter).” John 1:42 (ESV)
So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:14-18 (NKJV)
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 (NIV)
WHAT MESSAGE ABOUT MY IDENTITY DOES GOD WANT ME TO FIND?
“...God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; Romans 4:17b (NKJV)
“All of us are looking with unveiled faces at the glory of the Lord as if we were looking in a mirror. We are being transformed into that same image from one degree of glory to the next degree of glory…” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (CEB)
1) GOD WANTS TO HELP US RENEW OUR IDENTITY BY RENEWING OUR MINDS
“Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NCV)
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)
2) FIND A BIBLE VERSE THAT TELLS THE WORLD WHO YOU ARE “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:8 (KJV)
3) CAPTURE ANY IDENTITY THIEVES RUNNING AROUND IN YOUR HEAD
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” II Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)
4) ALLOW YOUR NEW IDENTITY TO DETERMINE WHERE YOU BELONG
“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17 (NKJV)
I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. Revelation 2:17b (NIV)