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April 17, 2018 05:47 AM PDT

IDENTITY THEFT Part 2: Understanding The Real You

1Peter 2:2-3 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

MATURITY (aka: growing up) is an expectation God has for ALL His children. (John 10:10)

Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Jesus didn’t come to make you a good religious person, He came to make you a CHILD of God.

Jesus didn’t come to make you a NICE person, He came to make you a NEW person.

You can, and many do, KNOW and BELIEVE the truth, but continue living the false life. (Matthew 7:21; James 2:17-20; 1John 2:1-2; 2Peter 2:17-22)

1. We must EMBRACE (give in, surrender to) our new/real Identity.

2. We must LEARN and GROW in our new/real Identity, what it means to be a child of God in the family of God. (John 8:31-32)

3. This is a PROCESS that takes TIME and EFFORT. (Romans 12:1-2)

April 09, 2018 01:16 PM PDT

IDENTITY THEFT Part 1: A Redeemed Stolen Identity

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Mankind’s identity has been STOLEN and we have grown up believing satan’s lies about our self, life, people, and our Father!

These lies and false identity have created a FALSE life full of false standards of value, success, happiness, fulfillment, beauty, and so on.

Jesus came to RESCUE us, to reveal the TRUTH, and to FREE us to be who He made us to be. (Colossians 1:13-14; Mark 10:45; John 8:31-32)

Jesus came to give us back our REAL life; to be BORN AGAIN.

John 1:12-13 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The first step in being redeemed (born again) is to TRUST in the RESCUER.

Romans 10:9-13 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Make no mistake, Jesus didn’t come to make you a good religious person; He came to make you a CHILD of God.

April 03, 2018 01:18 PM PDT

IT’S NOT FAIR! Part 5

Luke 23:33, 44-46 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Matthew 27:57-61 57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

Matthew 28:1-7 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

John 3:16-18 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

God loves EVERYONE and is the SAVIOR, not condemner or humanity.

We are ALREADY self condemned by our own sins.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sin earns DEATH, Eternal life is UNEARNED.

Romans 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Jesus took our WRONGS and their punishment of our sin upon himself, so we could be made RIGHT.

Romans 3:25-26 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Jesus had to suffer and die to SPARE us from JUSTICE and to JUSTIFY those who put their trust in Him.

2Corinthians 5:17-21 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

April 02, 2018 01:16 PM PDT

IT’S NOT FAIR! Part 4

Matthew 27:24-31 24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”
26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Every part of the story of Jesus is important and achieves a divine PURPOSE in redeeming humanity.

The twisted and broken inflicted PUNISHMENT upon the innocent and whole Jesus.

Jesus was not subject to the mental and physical HEALTH corruption of this broken world.

Isaiah 53:4-11 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

Jesus took the punishment for our SIN and its EFFECTS on our lives, including our bodies.

1Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

The work of SALVATION is a work of WHOLENESS.

Jesus redeemed the WHOLE person; spirit, soul, and Body.

Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

March 20, 2018 12:00 PM PDT

IT’S NOT FAIR! Part 3

Mark 15:6-15 6 Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
9 “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate,10 knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.
13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.
14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Jesus TOOK Barabbas’ PLACE.

The truly innocent was PUNISHED and the true criminal went FREE.

The truly innocent was CONDEMNED to death and the truly guilty was PARDONED.

From this point on, Jesus lives out an undeserved CRIMINAL’S death.

Colossians 2:13-15 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Jesus took YOUR place that you may be FORGIVEN and FREED.

March 12, 2018 10:13 AM PDT

IT’S NOT FAIR! Part 2

Matthew 26:57-66 57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.
59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”
62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”
“He is worthy of death,” they answered.

Jesus should have been the one to CONDEMN, not be condemned.

Caiaphas is US.

Romans 3:10-24 10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

We condemned Jesus by our own choice to SIN.

Jesus’ condemnation is our JUSTIFICATION.

All of this points to one truth: God LOVES you.

March 12, 2018 10:13 AM PDT

IT’S NOT FAIR! Part 1

Not only did Jesus’ own family not believe or support Him, but His closest disciples BETRAYED and ABANDONED Him.

Matthew 26:14-16, 14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Jesus was betrayed and abandoned so we may experience His RANSOM and faithful RELATIONSHIP.

1Timothy 2:5-6 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

1Corinthians 6:19-20 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

As King, Spouse, Father, Sibling, and Friend God uses each of these relationship examples to communicate His love and unwavering FAITHFULNESS. (Psalm 74:12, 95:3; Revelation 19:11-16; Isaiah 54:5; Ephesians 5:31-32; Revelation 19:5-9; 2Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 2:10-12; John 15:14-15; James 4:4)

Hebrews 13:5-6 5 ...God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

March 05, 2018 02:23 PM PST

Different - Making the most of our differences (Part 4) Every person is created different, ON purpose FOR a purpose. God intentionally created us different to fulfill a specific PURPOSE, ROLE, and FUNCTION in the home, society, and Kingdom of God. Romans 12:4-8 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. God wants us to VALUE who He made us and others to be. We are to COMPLEMENT not COMPETE with each other. Every gift has a unique function and CONTRIBUTION. Different implies VARIETY in how it performs and what it offers. 1Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. God made us INTERDEPENDENT. Every gift has its LIMITATIONS, its strengths and weaknesses, and we need every gift to cover and carry. We are to be FAITHFUL managers of the gift God made us. For life to go well and right, we must function within the parameters of God’s DESIGN and STRUCTURE in relationships; MARRIAGE (Genesis 2:23-25, 3:16; 1Corinthians 11:3, 11-12; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1Peter 3:1-7), FAMILY (Matthew 15:3-6; Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20-21), SOCIETY (Mark 12:31; Romans 12:13-18; 1Timothy 5:1-3; James 2:1, 8; 1Peter 3:9), EMPLOYMENT (Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-25; 1Peter 2:18-21), SPIRITUAL Leadership (1Timothy 5:17-20; Hebrews 13:17; 1Peter 5:1-5), government LEADERSHIP (Romans 13:1-5; 1Peter 2:13-17), Even our ENEMIES (Matthew 5:43-48; Romans 12:19-21). When you abandon or abdicate who God made you to be, you introduce CHAOS, BROKENNESS, and PAIN. With REPENTANCE, God is in the business of HEALING and RESTORING right relationships. Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

February 26, 2018 11:05 AM PST

Different - Making the most of our differences (Part 4)

Every person is created different, ON purpose FOR a purpose.

God intentionally created us different to fulfill a specific PURPOSE, ROLE, and FUNCTION in the home, society, and Kingdom of God.

Romans 12:4-8 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

God wants us to VALUE who He made us and others to be.

We are to COMPLEMENT not COMPETE with each other.

Every gift has a unique function and CONTRIBUTION.

Different implies VARIETY in how it performs and what it offers.

1Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

God made us INTERDEPENDENT.

Every gift has its LIMITATIONS, its strengths and weaknesses, and we need every gift to cover and carry.

We are to be FAITHFUL managers of the gift God made us.

For life to go well and right, we must function within the parameters of God’s DESIGN and STRUCTURE in relationships;

MARRIAGE (Genesis 2:23-25, 3:16; 1Corinthians 11:3, 11-12; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1Peter 3:1-7),
FAMILY (Matthew 15:3-6; Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20-21),
SOCIETY (Mark 12:31; Romans 12:13-18; 1Timothy 5:1-3; James 2:1, 8; 1Peter 3:9),
EMPLOYMENT (Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-25; 1Peter 2:18-21),
SPIRITUAL Leadership (1Timothy 5:17-20; Hebrews 13:17; 1Peter 5:1-5),
government LEADERSHIP (Romans 13:1-5; 1Peter 2:13-17),
Even our ENEMIES (Matthew 5:43-48; Romans 12:19-21).

When you abandon or abdicate who God made you to be, you introduce CHAOS, BROKENNESS, and PAIN.

With REPENTANCE, God is in the business of HEALING and RESTORING right relationships.

Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

February 22, 2018 06:49 AM PST

Different - Making the most of our differences (Part 3)

Psalm 139:13-14 13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

EVERYONE is uniquely, fearfully (awesomely), and wonderfully created by God.

PERSONALITIES vary in expression, emotional wiring, perception, and cognitive process.

Personalities provide lots of opportunity for MISUNDERSTANDING and TENSION.

3 Things to remember to live in HARMONY with different personalities:

1. Take the relationship seriously, find the value in their personality, and be a STUDENT of one another.

2. Keep a RIGHT perspective of your own personalities strengths, weaknesses, and uniqueness. (Romans 12:3)

3. God expects EVERY personality to be conformed to and controlled by the character of Christ.

Galatians 5:22-26 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

1Corinthians 13:4-8 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.

The ultimate goal is for every personality to be a unique expression of GOD’S love and truth. (Romans 12:2; 8:29; Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:12-14; 1Peter 1:13-16)

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