The Born Identity
30 Aug 2014 Service – Phil Pringle
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25
The trouble with being stereotyped is that you’re looking through another perspective and view.
Believers with amnesia are often forgetting who they are, but it’s not until they are in a fight that they remember the skills that they had!
We live in amnesia too often and forgot who we are. When we forget who we are, we are not blessed in what we do.
Israelites of Canaan
All forgot who they were
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:10.. Work of art!
This has been discolored slowly by religion… That God is dull, boring, etc
Just look at creation! What good is a giraffe? Nothing, God made it just for it to be magnificent!
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 Jn 4:17
We are clothed in Christ! Which gives us all sorts of different powers and abilities.
7 POINTS OF WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE
#1 You are the IMAGE OF GOD in the earth
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen 1:27
“The image of God is the complete excellence of nature. John Calvin”
7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 1 Cor 11:7
24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Eph 4:24
You don’t have to be intentional to be negative, it just happens because that’s the sin nature. You don’t just wait for the ‘clothing of God’ to fall on you, you got to put it on!
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. Eph 5:1
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Rom 8:29
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,[a]
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
#2 You are a NEW CREATION
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor 5:17
Your spiritual structure has a bent towards sin. Your new born spirit has a bent towards light.
The new creation has faith, gifts and skills!
45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.”[a] The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord[b] from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear[c] the image of the heavenly Man. 1 Cor 15:45-49
15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. Gal 6:15
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Eze 36:26
#3 You are OVERCOMERS
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 Jn 5:4
Some of us never knew we are overcomers until you got something to overcome.
#4 SONS OF GOD
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:26
#5 We are KINGSs, and ruling your world.
6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Rev 1:6
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Pet 2:9
God is looking for people who will bring destiny to this world, who will walk like royalty.
17 The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to be king over all, but all who will take God’s gift of forgiveness and acquittal are kings of life because of this one man, Jesus Christ. Rom 5:17 TLB
#6 You are the GLORY OF THE LORD
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3:18
Your life is meant to be God’s glory, people can see it in you.
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11
#7 You are MORE THAN CONQUERORS
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Rom 8:37
We don’t have to win it, we’ve already won. We just need to fight. If you don’t fight you will surely lose.