Generosity is a constant theme throughout the Bible and the history of the Church. When we’re generous, the world changes. When we’re not generous, the world still changes, but it’s not for the good. Are you generous with more than your money? Can you be generous with your time? We’re told be be generous in both. In this message you’ll find out how.
7.0 Embrace your Identity
Intro What are you worthWhat are you worth? To a Chemist…$160 bucks, worth of minieralsTo a financial planner 2.3 million, lifetime earning potentialto a black market dealer 45 million, worth of body partsTo those who love you…Priceless. The value we place on ourselves pales in comparison to the value God placed on us. Ps 139:13 David tells us For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your value is not based on your looks, your wealth, your education, or even your talents or abilities, it is based on the one who created you. God set the price, and that price was God only Son Jesus.It’s like this, What is the value of something?If you go into an auction and see a painting with a estimated value of 1 million dollars. Is it worth a million?maybe not to you. but if someone is willing pay that much for it then it is.something is not worth the lowest bid. but rather the highest bid winsThe one who willing to pay the most sets the value.What about you, who was willing to pay the most for you?What’s your value!
We may use many thing to define us
Knowing Who You Are
What are you good at?What do you like to do?What do your friends say about you?What have you done in the past?What are your dreams for the future?How do you describe yourself with your work and relationships?When you ask these questions or yourself, it can help you learn where your strengths lie, they are important to know, but are your strengths and gifts really who you are? I may be called many things.A husband, a father, a son, a brother, and uncle, a pastor. But if your identity is based on your relationships or your job what happens if those relationship break down, or your loose your job. Is your identity in Jeopardy?What defines me at my core is not my relationships, or my job, but rather the one who created me.I am first and foremost a child of God.That’s where my identity come from.Anywhere else and your heading for a lifetime of disappointment.But your identity in Christ does not change.Even if you screw up, it doesn’t change who you are!
So who are you in Christ?
In Christ…From Neil T Anderson’s The Steps to Freedom in ChristIn Christ I am completely accepted. God says that…I am God’s child (John 1:12)I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)I have been justified (Romans 5:1)I am united with the Lord and I am one spirit with Him (1Cor 6:17)I have been bought with a price; I belong to God (1Cor 6:19,20)I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27)I am a saint, a holy one (Ephesians 1:1)I have been adopted as God’s child (Ephesians 1:5)I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18)I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins (Colossians 1:14)I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)In Christ I am totally secure. God says that…I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1,2)I am assured all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)I am free from any condemning charges against me (Rom 8:31-34)I cannot be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39)I have been established, anointed and sealed by GodI am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected (Philippians 1:6)I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)I can find grace and mercy to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16)I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)In Christ I am deeply significant. God says that…I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Mat 5:13,14)I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15:1,5)I have been chosen and appointed by God to bear fruit (John 15:6)I am a personal, Spirit-empowered witness of Christ’s (Acts 1:8)I am a temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16)I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)I am God’s co-worker (2 Corinthians 6:1)I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)I am God’s workmanship, created for good works (Eph 2:10)I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph 3:12)I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Phi 4:13)What statements stood out for you?What statements might you not agree with?Knowledge itself isn’t enough. We can’t hold it as an idea in our head or sentiment in our heart, we need to work out its implication in every area of our lives. Touch of the Masters Handhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAovzddEfGI What is your heart? It’s your intellect, emotion and will. What you think, what you feel and what you do. How do things move from your intellect to your emotions? It’s a supernatural work of God. That doesn’t mean we don’t play our part. Our job often is to line up what we believe with what we do and expect God to line our emotions up with that. You can’t know what God thinks about you and live the same life the same way. You can’t be like the people around you. You’ve been bought with a price you belong to God. Sin has no hold on you. Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God. Romans 6:11Put sin to death. Romans 8:13 Don’t allow this world to conform you. Your mind is transformed as you renew it. Romans 12:2You’ve been raised with Christ, so set your hearts on things above. Colossians 3:1
How do you do that?
…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8Live up to what you’ve already attained. What is keeping you from agreeing with God about the truth He sees in you?
Homework: Go to MyKWC.ca and follow the “My Identity“ Link. Print it off and memorize it. There are two reasons to know this list forward and backwards:1. So you know who you are in ChristToo many Christians act out of the lies we tell ourselves. It makes us inept and anemic. Living out of who you are in Christ gives you authority.2. So you can tell other believers who they are in ChristYou will be ministering to people who need to be reminded of the truth of howGod sees them. When you pray scripture over them, you can pray with confidence. Thetruth of the Word breaks the weight off of people.
Go to MyKWC.ca and scroll to the “My Identity” link. Print off your personalized identity in Christ and start to memorize it. Ask your Growth Coach any questions you have about it.