Identity Theft Part 3
Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
You are blessed. You are not cursed. All curses are broken.
Ephesians 1:4 (NKJV) He [God] chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.
You are holy and blameless in God’s eyes. You are loved.
Ephesians 2:6 (NKJV) [God] raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
You sit in the highest place of honor and authority under God. God considers you worthy enough to sit there.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
You were prepared for good works. You’re made for them!
So you are blessed, chosen, holy, blameless, loved, raised up, given honor and authority, seated with Christ, worthy, and recreated by God for a good and special work.
Ephesians 4:1-3;7 (LOVETT) I therefore beg you . . . live a life that measures up to the exalted glory that is yours in this wondrous call . . . . Manifest Christian love by making allowances for the faults of one another . . . . For the Spirit Himself was given to bind you together . . . . There are different gifts, and one’s personality functions according to the specific grace [dominate gift] he has been given by Christ [who has all gifts and lives in us].
We all have different gifts and personalities, but when we are walking in God’s love, understanding who we are in Christ, none of those differences clash. Instead they work together in blended harmony to minister the manifold grace of God.
THE SECRET TO IDENTITY IS DISCOVERING:
1. Who you are.
You find who you are in Christ in Bible study.
2. Whose you are.
You find whose you are in worship & prayer.
3. What you are called to do.
You find what you are called to do in the Growth Track.
Ephesians 4:13-14 (LOVETT) God purposes to weld us into a single unit in the faith, and . . . come to maturity—we become so like Christ that we too display the divine personality in our lives. No one should remain a child. If we don’t mature in Christ, we will find ourselves tossed about like waves responding to every wind of teaching that blows our way . . . . Until we grow, we cannot recognize the deceit in so many who are just waiting to pounce on immature Christians.
How do you grow up as a Christian?
Understand who you are, whose you are, and what you’re called to do.
Ephesians 5:1-2;9-10 (LOVETT) Therefore as beloved children become imitators of God, who is a loving Person. Devote yourselves to loving one another even as Christ loved us . . . . The fruit of this light, that is, the outliving of your new nature, consists of nothing but goodness, righteousness and truth. To exhibit the full effect of it [your new nature], you must live only to please the Lord.
How do you manifest or turn on your new nature?
Develop a burning desire to please God.
Self-pleasing is what “turns on” your old nature and produces darkness. To the degree that a man surrenders himself to please the Lord, to that same degree he will manifest his new nature—his true self—his blessed state.