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Identity is something that will be a continual blessing or a continual curse to you.
The meditation of your heart will be one of two things when God speaks.
- We can take the land.
- Those giants are big and I’m like a grasshopper.
Identity is shaped by
- Consciously and subconsciously meditating on the words and expressions of those in authority from our present and past.
The more honor that is extended to the one in authority the more ability the one in authority has to shape the identity of the one extending the honor.
Have you ever tried to talk to a young person, directing their life in what you see is the correct direction and they completely ignore you? Not appreciating your wisdom or the time it takes to talk to them?
By them not honoring you it severs your ability to speak into their life constructively shaping their identity.
Another thing that effects the strength of the identity shaping by the one in authority is their level of authority.
If your dad thinks you’re an amazing kid but your friends little brother thinks very poorly of you, you’d be wise to accept the opinion of your father over the opinion of the other child.
Obey God or Man?
But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God.
Jesus is the Highest Authority
Philippians 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
Humility is a kingdom key to receiving heavenly authority
Jesus has the highest level of authority in the universe. Therefore what Jesus thinks about you should be the most important opinion in your life.
Identity Shifting Spiritual Realities
Conviction and Mercy
Being exposed to a righteous and holy God and then being shown mercy.
God shows you your sin then forgives you.
An Example from Scripture
5 "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.“
This has a lot to do with the person being forgiven and their attitude of gratefulness.
God trumps all other authority.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Conviction is the feeling that comes from the Holy Spirit that makes a believer uncomfortable about their sin. It can make a believer hate sin. It always leaves the recipient in a state of hope.
Conviction and condemnation can feel very similar. However condemnation comes from the enemy and leaves the believer feeling hopeless.
We are dearly loved
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
How about laying down his life for his enemies?!?
Jesus Loved his “enemies”, us.
"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Enemies of God
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
The cross is the place where God’s love is demonstrated for all humanity to see.
Can you see it?
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