Identify

Sermon: Identify

Who am I? What Difference Does It Make?

• Most of us have Identity Issues.

• Men often tend to identify with their work while women often identify through relationships.

• Some use race, social status, economic status, vocation, or bloodline.

• How do you answer when someone says, “Tell me about yourself?”

• Many don’t like who they are and want to change.

• Most have a very difficult time changing.

Proverbs 23:6-7 “Eat not the bread of him who has a hard, grudging, and envious eye, neither desire his dainty foods; 7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost]. Amplified

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Hebrewfir think = Shaar: to calculate, reckon

You are what you think you are. You do what you think you will do.

1 John 3:10 “By this it is made clear who take their nature from God and are His children and who take their nature from the devil and are his children: no one who does not practice righteousness [who does not conform to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action] is of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother (his fellow [a]believer in Christ).”

• Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc in Logopedics and Audiology, specializing in metacognitive and cognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection and did some of the initial research back in the late 80s showing the neuroplasticity of the brain.

• Dr. Caroline Leaf states that 87-95% of our current mental, physical, emotional and behavioral problems today come from our thought life.

• Your brain is made up of thoughts which are real things.

• Thoughts create trees with trunks and branches that take up actual space in your brain. Every thought is changing the physical structure of your brain.

• We are always creating brain connections and pathways.

• The more you think about something the stronger it gets and the deeper the roots and the wider the branches.

• Thoughts actually rewire our brain physically.

• This knowledge makes Philippians 4:8 become even more important.

Philippians 4:8 “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” AMP

Habits

• Habits come from your identity

• Habits are identity on autopilot.

• New habits take 21 days to stick.

Main Point: We live out our identity.

1. We manifest externally the internal picture we have of ourselves.

2. We each have a set of personal expectations of ourselves based on the image we have of ourselves.

3. When people sabotage themselves, they do so because they have no personal vision of success. No internal picture to live up to.

4. This affects every relationship we have including our relationship with God.

5. We live out a version of our self-image: Identity.

6. Until your identity changes you will always revert to the picture you have about yourself.

Amnesia: loss of memory

What triggers amnesia?

• Usually due to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illness.

• It is a survival mechanism.

Spiritual Amnesia: loss of identity.

Renew your mind. Make it new again.

Vision (See it)

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.

You have to see it before you can be it.

• Faith helps you see the unseen.

• Faith comes from rewiring your brain with the help of your spirit.

Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Amplified

If you want to change what you are, you must change what you think about who you are. God has decided who you are. Agree with Him.

Say this:

I am love. I am grace. I am redemption. I am help. I am forgiveness.

I am healing. I am a tangible demonstration of the character of God.

I am a creation of God. I am created to do good works. I am the proclamation and demonstration of the power of the love of God.

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