Who are you really?
a teaching that should radically change your view of who you are
We are told by people everyday who we are some emphasize our failures and make us feel small and useless and some emphasize our successes and make us feel good but it creates in us a performance mentality make us feel if we don’t keep performing we will not be loved and accepted.
God sees us differently and today I want you to see what the Word says God sees who you are!
Even if you have been walking with the Lord for a long time you may need to be reminded of what God’s word says rather than what people say
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12
Such a simple verse sounds very “yes that’s nice”, sort of vanilla
What this verse says is that you have no reason for failing to become a success….you have so much more going for you according to this verse than you know!!!
Ok don’t look at me like that….you believe God’s Word, the Bible is true right???
While our translations are correct sometimes the emphasis is not what it should be as we read the text.
Have you received him?
What Paul is saying is
– Have you realized you are a sinner in need a savior?
– Have you realized you are at your greatest when you decrease and He increases?
– Have you realized your goodness is not good enough?
– Have you said, “Jesus I give you control”?
– Is He in control of your job, attitude, finances, future, and family?
If these things are applicable to your life, if you are daily trying to walk this kind of walk then you have welcomed Jesus into your life and are daily choosing to follow Him….you have received Him!
Are we all good with that? Everybody good?
Say with me “I’ve received Jesus!”
What does John say next “to them He gave the right to become children of God”
Another vanilla thought, nothing exciting except what it really says
The word translated here “right” is the Greek word “exousia” which means delegated power, delegated authority, or influence.
The moment you received Christ, the moment you invited Him to take control of your life He delegated to you the power to become a Child of God.
Stop for a moment and think about this…at that very moment He delegated all of the power, authority and divine influence that is in the name of Jesus, into your life
So don’t ever allow anyone to make you think you are weak, useless, less than what you are. You have the power and authority of the Almighty God living in side of you daily working in you to fulfill your destiny and to impact the world!!!
Say with me…I am walking in power and authority
That same explosive, phenomenal, amazing power and authority that was resident in Jesus lives in you (I need an explosive fireworks video here)
So what’s holding you back???
I know stuff…stuff from your past, from what you believe about yourself, stuff other people have said about you
I’ve got more good news….let’s look at one other verse
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Ok we just got done saying we have all received him right?
The word used here “Kainos” which we are translating as “new” means brand new, recently made and it also means something that was made superior.
See when you came to Christ he made you absolutely completely new you are not your old self you have been made into something superior to your old self
Say with me “that’s amazing!
Then you add to that the word translated “creation” which carries the same meaning as the creation of the world. The Holy Spirit is telling us as the universe was created out of something that had not existed we are not a revised version, corrected version of our selves or even and improved version we are totally and completely new.
None of our failures, nothing anyone has defined us by, nothing from before we came to Jesus matters. You are a completely brand new creation in Christ nothing that happened before you came to Jesus matters
Why do we allow it to hurt us, feel the weight of it, because the devil has convinced us this amazing miracle has not really taken place but to the father it has!!!
Think about it…what is holding you back from fulfilling you destiny, purpose, or walking in freedom? None of it has any right to limit you!
When Christ came to you and you received Him he created you to be free from your past, free from all the family drama you went through, liberated from all your former hang-ups
So stop laying claim to your family’s genetic problems, inheritable sicknesses, dysfunctional behavior, disorders, hang-ups, curses, or any other negative thing that was a part of your life before Christ. That old person no longer exists. They are dead. You are brand new.
Let me take you today to one more verse
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
This verse is saying on the day you came to Christ God put forth all of his creative artisanship to create you in to a most beautiful masterpiece.
There is nothing cheap about you…when you received Christ all of God’s creativity, wisdom, intelligence artistry went into making you completely new.
No one has any right to call you or define you as dumb, stupid, a failure, to beat you up with your past. According to the scripture all of those things are lies, false feelings you are utterly and completely new.
As a Christian every time we ask for forgiveness it is all new as well!
But I still feel like a failure?
I still am acting like my unsaved self or I carry the things from my Father or Mother
I am constantly reminded of my former self
All I can tell you is what God’s word says…You must make the choice to believe it and allow The Holy Spirit’s power to transform you to come into alignment with God’s Word
God holds his word above his name and what I have described for you today is really who you are!!!
Are you ready to believe it?
– You have been delegated all of the power and authority in Christ to accomplish all He has called you to do
– You are nothing like your old self you are completely brand new made out of new stuff
– Not only are you made out of new stuff but you are a masterpiece work of the Father’s hand exactly what the world needs to bring them to freedom
Is that amazing or what?
Not feeling it? Great that is why I was given this to teach, God wants you there come today and allow someone to pray for you and allow the Lord to put these verses to work in your life!