I don’t have anything worthwhile to say unless I have first heard something from God! I would like this on my pulpit! Then add the words of Isaiah 50:4
My Identity in Christ
Because of Christ’s redemption, I am a new creation of great worth.
I am deeply loved by God,
I am completely forgiven,
I am fully pleasing to God,
I am totally accepted by God and
I am absolutely complete in Christ.
Do I believe this?
Last week I introduced this identity statement to you and went over how when you are born again you become a new creation that never existed before. It costs God the highest sacrifice to redeem you.
Now I want to focus on some more parts of this truth.
I am deeply loved by God
Do you really believe this?
How do you know this other than by reading it in the Bible?
Without personally knowing this by revelation from God you will never believe this identity statement and also find it hard to trust God.
Many people (Xns) feel rejected and not loved by God because of some bad experiences that have happened in their life. You need the living experience that God loves you regardless of your behavior.
You will never desire the KOG over the KO self until you personally experience God and the deep love He has for you.
How do I know personally, experientially that God loves me?
- Is because only what I call good things happen to me?
- What about when God allows bad things to happen?
What causes people to repent of sin? Romans 2:4 identifies it.
“. . . it is the goodness of God that leads you to repentance.”
This is something you have to experience personally.
O taste and see the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8
5 senses and their spiritual counterparts:
1. Seeing - visions, dreams, circumstances
2. Hearing – Word, preaching.
3. Smelling – nose detectors, atmospheres
4. Feelings – HS emotions, peace?
5. Taste – sweet, sour, salt, bitter
Ill. Have you tasted and seen that what God calls sin, evil, or wrong is bad for you and is what causes pain and hurt in your life?
Have you tasted and seen that what God calls good and right is what blesses your life with joy and peace?
- At that moment when you first taste sin of immorality it tastes sweet and it is addicting and then one day the bitterness of shame, hurt and pain it caused you and others hits you. This is not God punishing you – this is a result of you not believing God’s way is good and anything contrary to His way is pain.
- Ill. Eden – don’t eat that fruit. The root of temptation was questioning the love of God for you. If God deeply loved you why would He tell you no.
Do you know for sure and can you say without any question?
I am deeply loved by God.
Don’t answer out loud. You life is speaking louder than your words!
Much of my Xn life I have questioned this!
This issue is what will determine if you stay in faith till the very end.
When you are in agony, pain or hurting it can be hard to see that God loves you. Look at what Job said during his most painful times: "If I go to the east, [God] is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him"
If you were to ask Job during this time in his life, what might he say?
I don’t know for sure if He really loves me.
Taste and see the Lord is good = this is learning through life experience that what may start out sweet may turn bitter, but in the end it was all good. Some things in life are bitter to us, but causes us to go where we would have never gone without Jesus.
- Andrew Brunson in prison in Turkey. Bitter now but?
Goodness always teaches us something true about God that we did not know.
We learn Him by personal experience in all the complexities of life.
Paul’s prayer in Eph. 3:17-19
May you be rooted and grounded in love!
PIC rooted and grounded
May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, and may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete as you come to know (through experience for yourselves) the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience; that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God’s Divine Presence Himself. Eph. 3:17-19 Ampl and NLT.
Experiencing love goes beyond knowledge and understanding!
What keeps you from being filled with the fullness of God is, not experiencing the love of Christ personally.
How do you know from experience that God deeply loves you?
We must re-learn who we really are and un-learn who we have been.
Many of us believe that we have to earn God’s favor. We think, “I read my Bible, so He loves me.” Or, “Things aren’t going so well, so it must be because I’m not doing it right.”
This passage in Zephaniah can help us overcome this faulty thinking: The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save and deliver. He will quiet you with His love and rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
In this passage, God tells a rebellious people that He actually stands over them singing and rejoicing, like a mother sings over her children to calm them down.
He wants to deliver us and quiet the stress of our heart with a love that’s not contingent on our performance.
Romans 5:8 also reminds us of this truth. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” In spite of our sinfulness, God demonstrated His love by sending Christ to die for us.
God’s love is not like any other love you have tasted. It is unconditional, it’s free, and all we have to do to experience it is accept it, and rejoice in it. Let’s stop trying to earn God’s love and let ourselves experience it simply by believing God!
“If you will not believe you will not be established.” Isa. 7:9
Everything from God we must receive by faith in Him!
Our needs do not move God. Only faith moves God.
You need to get this issue settled once and for all in your life. Do you really believe and can you say will total assurance that will never doubt again, not based on the good things or bad things that happen to me in this life:
I am deeply loved by God.