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Delivered By
Bob & Julie Petersen
Delivered On
December 16, 2018
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Value U

 

The more you agree with God about your identity in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your GOD GIVEN identity.

How We See Ourselves

I read a story of a woman that was strikingly beautiful.

  • She was intelligent, well dressed & well liked.
  • Yet she carried herself as if she was repulsive.
  • She was lonely and had decided that her life was to be one of loneliness and reclusiveness.

Her counselor said, “As I listened to her story, I thought, ‘Surely, a woman as good-looking as this must have plenty of dates and many opportunities to fall in love.’”

How was it that she was so beautiful, but lacked the self-confidence to believe anyone would want her?

  • It came from her old memories of rejection.
  • She was from a young age the tallest girl in the class.
  • Now at 5'10" her height adds to her attractiveness.
  • But she cannot believe that, and she cannot remove from her mind the memories of school dances when all her friends would be chosen and she would be left alone. She recalls the hurtful words of classmates calling her names. "Maybe you don't know what it's like," she said, "to be in a group and be the only one that's not chosen. It makes you feel like a piece of junk."

 

A multitude of studies in the last forty years indicate that the way we see ourselves determines to a large degree the way we act and react in life. That one's self-perception, self-worth, self-esteem tends to be a governing factor in our life. If we see ourselves as a loser, we end up to a large degree acting like a loser. If we see ourselves as a victim, we tend to let people victimize us. If we see ourselves as uncreative, we never come up with any creative ideas. If we see ourselves as a piece of junk, we begin to think that we are garbage. If we see ourselves as successful then we tend to repeat successes that we've had in the past. Like Bonnie, we set ourselves up. Our beliefs about ourselves determine our behavior.

 

Julie: “Honor the Gift”

 

Recognizing Who You Are

1 Peter 2:9-10 TPT 9 But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world. 10 For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!

We often relegate ourselves to the failures of our past.

  • We must be careful not to define ourselves by what we had to learn by.

 

Once I saw in the Word that it’s always God’s will to heal, the fight was on! Satan came against me, and I started experiencing sickness more than ever before. Immediately, there was intense conflict between my flesh and spirit.

  • The spirit declared, “By His stripes I was healed (1 Pet. 2:24); it’s already done (Eph. 1:18)”, “The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is inside of me (Eph. 1:19-20).”
  • But my flesh kept arguing, “You’re sick! You feel terrible and you’re about to throw up. Admit it!”
  • There was this incredible conflict between what I saw in my spirit through God’s Word and what I felt in my physical body.
    • I just determined in my heart that I would not give up or give in until I saw with my physical eyes the truth of God’s Word manifest in my body.

It’s important that we recognize who we are so the fight to manifest is worth it.

 

The Purpose for Living Godly Lives

1 Peter 2:11-12 TPT 11 My divinely loved friends, since you are resident aliens and foreigners in this world, I appeal to you to divorce yourselves from the evil desires that wage war within you. 12 Live honorable lives as you mix with unbelievers, even though they accuse you of being evildoers. For they will see your beautiful works and have a reason to glorify God in the day he visits us.

 

We are Him

1 John 4:17b NAS As He is, so also are we in this world.

  • TPT all that Jesus now is, so are we in this world.

We must manifest Him in this earth.

  • We must carry the kingdom

1 Corinthians 3:9 AMP We are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God;

The politician and the nursing home.

  • The politician entered the facility with his entourage and was received with delight by the elderly residents.
  • As he went from person to person in the living area, he noticed a woman in a wheelchair who seemed rather disinterested.
  • He wanted to ensure every vote possible in the election so he approached her, smiled, patted her shoulder, and gently squeezed her hand.
  • She smiled back but said nothing.
  • He asked, "Do you know who I am?"
  • "No," she replied, "but if you'll ask the lady at the nurses' station over there, she'll tell you."

Unfortunately, some really don’t know who they are in Jesus.