My True Identity, My Identity in Christ Part 3
(Revealing the Father’s heart for you.)
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?
Warning: “If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established.” Isaiah 7:9
Knowledge is not the same thing as believing.
I know what I believe, but am I believing what I say I know?
One of my callings as Pastor and teacher is to get you established in your true Identity. This means to see yourself the way God sees you.
Your identity in Christ must be rooted in “Being” before “Doing”. This requires some unlearning on our part. For example, I cannot base my identity as Pastor – that is what I do but not who I am. If I base my identity in what I do then I will lose my identity and be lost when I no longer actively pastor a church. Some people are lost when they no longer find their identity in what they do for a living.
I never understood that God saw me a different way than I saw myself until a few years ago. I learned that I was seeing myself through eyes of betrayal, hurt and rejection and in turn was constantly striving for approval and perfection. When I learned that these beliefs were lies authored by this world, my life was transformed. My eyes were filled with light and opened to see truth like never before. I realized that the truth of my identity is how God sees me, but I needed to understand exactly that was.
All this comes from a wrong identity and not knowing the Fathers heart for you. This is why we are doing Identity study on Wed nights.
If what I am about to say is hard for you to believe, then, you still do not have your identity in Christ settled yet. Here is the statement and pay attention how your soul reacts to this when you first hear it.
When God looks at you, He does not see anything wrong with you.
He sees what is missing of your experience of Him, and He is committed to helping you unpack the Father’s heart towards you.
Phrase: They got a lot of baggage. Meaning they have a lot of unsettled issues in their life that they are dragging along with them. If that person is a Christian, then what they have is not baggage but luggage that is not unpacked yet. There are things about Christ they have not yet discovered. They will discover the greatness of Christ as they unpack issues in their life with Christ leading them.
The issues you have had or are dealing with in your life, you know, the things you wish would go away, are actually the very things when unpacked that Christ will reveal Himself to you in personal and unique ways.
Ill. Let’s say you have an alcohol addiction. When stress comes you go to drinking too much to cope with the stress. People might say you are an alcoholic. But not God. He sees you in Christ and fully pleasing. However, there are some experiences you are missing in Christ that would help you walk in freedom over addiction. Jesus is committed to help you unpack your luggage and find freedom. Your ministry is always related to the thing you struggled with. If you are not free from a certain bondage it is simply you have yet to experience the truth from revelation about Christ in that area of your life yet.
In church we hear a lot about dedication and that is good. But I personally know from experience that you can dedicate yourself over and over until your dedicator is broken. You need something more than just dedication.
Paul’s prayer for all of us to pray for ourselves.
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him:
By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you. . .” Eph. 1:17-18
Your dedication to God is directly related to your revelation of God.
Our personal revelation of God is what fuels our dedication.
A man with a testimony (an experience with God) will never be at the mercy of a man with an argument.
You can argue about theology but you can’t argue with my experience.
My identity is based on Christ’s redemption for me:
1. I am a new creation of great worth. 2 Cor. 5:17
2. I am deeply loved. John 3:16
3. I am completely forgiven. 2 Cor. 5:21
4. I am fully pleasing to God because of Christ’s sacrifice. Rom. 5:1
“Therefore since we are justified (given right standing with God) through faith, let us grasp the fact and enjoy that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom. 5:1
“Justification means that God not only has forgiven me of my sins but also has granted me the righteousness of Christ. Because of justification, I bear Christ’s righteousness, and I am therefore fully pleasing to the Father (Rom. 5:1).”
I am saved by grace as a gift, not because of my performance.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8
1. “Because of justification, I am completely forgiven and fully pleasing to God. I no longer have to fear failure.
2. Because of reconciliation, I am totally accepted by God. I no longer have to fear rejection.
3. Because of propitiation, I am deeply loved by God. I no longer have to fear punishment.
4. Because of regeneration, I am a new creation of God. I no longer have to fear shame and guilt of my past.
You need a revelation of the way God sees you to fuel your dedication to God.