Identity

In yesterday's message, Pastor Rob shared on Identity.

We've all been in that point in our lives where we've asked the questions.  "Who am I?"  "What's my purpose in life?"  

These questions, if not answered correctly, can lead to living an unsullied life with no purpose. Why? Because your identity shapes your beliefs.  It affects the way we perceive ourselves and is what shapes our core beliefs. Those core beliefs in turn, drive what we think, say and do. 

Fortunately the Bible is very clear on why we were made as well as our purpose.  

(Colossians 1:15-16 ESV) - He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 

The bottom line is we were made by God, in the image of God, for the purpose of God.  That is our identity!

(Genesis 1:26-27 NIV) Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

In the above scripture, The word "image" in the language of the O.T. in Latin is translated Imago Dei. It refers to the unique imprint God placed upon humanity, identifying people as a special creation. In other words, we don't have to determine or decide our identity because the Triune God he has revealed that to us through his Holy Word. The more we know who God is the more we know who we are. 

Contrary to what the world says... 

-- Your identity is not found in stuff. (houses, cars, etc…)

-- Your identity is not found in success. (career, titles, money, etc...)

-- Your identity is not found in relationships. (spouse, kids, boyfriend, etc…)

-- Your identity is not found in labels.

If you are in Christ, you have a foe who is referred to in the Bible as the Accuser.  Satan loves to accuse God's people so he can keep them from living out their new Identity in Christ. Remember, Satan’s accusations don’t have to be true to destroy.  He just has to get you to believe it.

(Revelation 12:10 NIV) Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down here.

What does he (Satan) accuse us of? (John 10:10, I Peter 5:8)

There are many things he accuses God's people of, but one main one is that we are not really saved or that we are not really a new creation because we keep messing up. (sinning) 

Satan is the biggest legalist!  He wants you to believe that your relationship with God is based on the law, not love.

The Good news is the Bible says we have a righteous advocate who pleads on our behalf, and his name is Jesus.  

(I John 2:1 NLT) My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.

Where as Satan is constantly tearing us down with accusations, Jesus is constantly fighting for us! Remember that Jesus is more committed to us, than we are to him. (our justification, sanctification, and glorification.)

To hear the entire message, and taking the first step to uncovering your identity and purpose, watch the replay above.