How is your week going? I pray for the continuous love and presence of Christ in your affairs and life, in Jesus name, Amen.
The message on review today is a very powerful one that ties nicely to this week’s #MeditationMonday. It is about knowing your worth in Christ. As I summarise, I am going to PERSONALISE it because of the POWER in every word and I pray that these words will come to life in your life as you read.
The sermon is titled “Learning My True Identity in Christ” by Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church, USA. The pastor made it clear very early on in the sermon that there is a spiritual war on your identity, the devil is trying to erase your identity. Because of satan’s inability to create, he does his best to pervert, distort, or destroy God’s identity for YOU. Since he can’t hurt God, he hurts God by hurting his children, YOU.
There are 4 ways in which satan does this:
- Through the opinions of others: People try to mould you into their own identity, not God’s.
- Satan uses hurts and pains in your life to disguise your true identity if he can get you bitter and ashamed. All shame comes from satan (John 3:17-21).
- Media and culture: Being bombarded with messages that you should be a certain way or like someone else and not the unique YOU God created.
- Thoughts in your mind
However, the number one tool satan uses is to get you to repeat the lies he has told you, make it part of your identity and miss who you truly are in Christ.
How then can YOU find your true identity in Christ?
There are 5 fingerprints of your true identity, anchor scripture taken from 1 Peter 2:9-10. I want you to read these parts out loud.
- Chosen: I am completely accepted. That is God’s view of me. We are all chasing acceptance in the wrong places and it affects everything else that we do. However, God gives me this acceptance, and that is my identity because Jesus made me acceptable (Titus 3:5-7).
- A Holy Nation: I am extremely valuable. God does not just accept me, he values me. I am priceless. I am worth more. Holiness represents high value. So, I am valuable because God is my father and because Jesus gave his life for me. Jesus would not die for a nobody, a failure, or a low life. So, I look to the cross because that is how much I am worth.
- A people belonging to God: I am eternally loved. God is not ashamed of me, he will never be ashamed of me (Heb 2:11) because God’s love is unconditional and unending.
- You have received mercy: I am totally forgiven. God does not partially forgive, he knows the worst thing I’ve done or will do and he is willing to forgive me still. He is never surprised by anything (Roms 8:1), God does not judge or condemn me.
- A Royal Priesthood: I am fully capable. I am a priest if I am in the family of God. As a priest, I represent man to God and God to man. I am a priest where I work, I represent God to everyone around me and God says I am capable for the job. Fully capable (2 Cor 3:5-6) of telling other people how much God loves them, that they are loved and accepted by him, and their true identity in christ. I have something to offer (Phil 4:13).
For me, I will begin to walk in this light. I cannot overemphasise this, please, watch this sermon. It is a very powerful and important message for both believers and non-believers alike. It is a powerful spiritual awakening. I cannot do justice with this limited summary. Watch the sermon, it is over 1 hour long, take up all the action points and assignments, and I pray that you will be blessed by it in Jesus name, Amen.