Identity Crisis PT3
Identity is –
- The fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
Crisis is –
- A time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger.
Identity Crisis is –
- A period of uncertainty and confusion in which a person's sense of identity becomes insecure, typically due to a change in their expected aims or role in society.
3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
2 Corinthians 6:14-18,
14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18 And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Repentant – Expressing or feeling sincere regret and remorse; remorseful.
Relevant – Closely connected or appropriate to what is being done or considered
2 Corinthians 6:17, 17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
If Jesus preached the same message ministers preach today, He would have never been crucified.
Tolerance – The ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with
Relativity – The absence of standards of absolute and universal application
Moral Relativity – the view that moral judgments are true or false only relative to some particular standpoint (for instance, that of a culture or a historical period) and that no standpoint is uniquely privileged over all others.
Post-Truth – Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.
Tolerance is allowing others to believe a lie; while you give up the right to speak the truth.
2 Corinthians 6:14-16,
14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
1. TURN OUR FACE BACK TO FATHER
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 says,
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2. SIT AT HIS FEET AND LISTEN TO HIS INSTRUCTION
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
3. REMAIN IN HIS PRESENCE AND ABIDE IN HIS WORD UNTIL A HOLY FEAR IS BORN
1My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
John 8:31-32 NKJV,
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
John 15:4 NKJV,
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
4. FEAR OF THE LORD WILL DELIVER US FROM THE FEAR OF MAN
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools[c] despise wisdom and instruction.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. 33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.
The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.