Friday, March 16, 2012

Identity = Truth

Intro- about ME, where I’m from, what is my passion/vision for college age women, how I want to be of service to them.

Identity = TRUTH. God is TRUTH, his Word is TRUTH. Please walk in the truth of your identity sooner rather than later. 2Cor. 3:17-18… God is in us, we are made in his image, and the Spirit continues the process of us being made in his image- glory to glory. Being transformed speaks to the journey of believing the TRUTH of who God is, and NOT believing LIES about God or about us. TRUTH=IDENTITY John 6:29 “Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Response: Gen. 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. “ We are made in his image from the foundations of the World. If our Identity is found in him, then who is he? What is God like? What are things you love about God? EXAMPLES from AUDIENCE… okay here are some TRUTHS of who God is we can all agree on… MY STORY of God is my Provider Jehovah-jireh: Erin
God is Love 1John 4:16 God is 1Cor 13
God is Helper, Healer, Judge, Lover, Savior, Friend, Warrior, Leader, Accountant, Generous, Thrifty, etc.

Response: Is there anything negative or bad or harsh or sad or depressing in what we just said about God? NOPE so we can say…There is nothing negative about God so there is nothing negative about me since I am made in his image.

Feelings and past experience can lie to us about God and about whom he has designed us to be. TRUTH of IDENTITY is crucial!!!: The TRUTH of who GOD is and TRUTH of who I am. If your feelings don't match the truth it's when faith comes into play to trust God at his word. Back to John 6:29 Believing God: Taking him at his word, Faith to believe that I am made in his wonderful image. Gen. 1:27
He does not lie!!!

How do the lies of the enemy get into our heads? Why do we not believe God at his Word? If Jesus said it is true, we are made in his image, then why do we not believe Him? Our feelings, past experiences convince us God is not telling the truth. Media, friends, random people, and music tell us lies about God and about who he has made us to be. BELIEVE THE TRUTH- God is amazing; you are amazing that is the TRUTH written throughout scripture. You can’t pick one verse because it is the whole purpose of the Bible to illustrate how amazing God is and how he has poured out this amazing love into us that we get to share with others. THE TRUTH, one more time….
RESPONSE: Tell your neighbor they are amazing! When you remember God rightly you see yourself rightly.
We forget we are like him is where we run into issues. Faith is believing who God is, Faith is believing who we are in Him even in the midst of lies that others tell us, or past experiences try to convince us. We respond with remembering THE TRUTH. He knows we forget. That is why he lives inside of us and why he never leaves us.

MY STORY: verses on my wall especially Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.”

How do you remember things?
1. Take notes/write it on a card 2. Tell a friend/ mentor 3. Everyday life, walk out in it/ memorize it. 4. Remind each other who you are. One word from God encouragement circle.

RESPONSE: My identity is this: Wed. night encouragement time
Beautiful wanted worthy strong loving kind generous fierce leader needed encouraging creative trustworthy vivacious etc.

My verses: Luke 1:45, Is 61, Zeph 3:17, SS 4:16, Is 43 Moses, Noah, Esther, Deborah, John

RESPONSE: Sit and listen. Who is God telling you YOU are? A verse a phrase a song a word. Listen. Remember if it is negative it is not true. God is not negative. Or harsh or hard. He loves you.

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