Monday, May 18, 2009

Ephesians 1 - Your Identity in Christ

Wondering Who You Are? Find Out Who He Is!
(Ephesians 1:1)

Paul knew that he was the Apostle of Christ Jesus! He knew who he was! One of the basic questions of human existence is, "who am I?" Who am I as a person? What am I? What is my role in life? Who am I in the grand scheme of things?

One theme throughout the Word of God is that when you discover who God is, you'll discover who you are! Your entire identity is found in Him! If you know who your daddy is, and you're really his child, then you're going to discover that you're a chip off the old block!

Abram learned that God was his shield and his very great reward, and Abram's name was changed to Abraham - which means the father of a multitude!

Jacob - had a divine encounter with God and became Israel - in Hebrew it sounds like "He struggled with God" It literally means "God fights." God would fight Israel's battles!

Simon looked at Jesus and said, "you are the Christ, the Son of the living God, and Jesus looked right back at Simon and said, you are Peter which means rock!

Rabbi Shaul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, and next thing you know this former Pharisee is going by a gentile name - Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles!

I was watching Rocky IV the other night - which is not a good conversation starter on a first date by the way - unless she says something like, "Don't you just love the Goonies?!?" The idea behind Rocky is that either Rocky gets beat up, or depressed, or challenged and he begins to train - but even in his training he struggles and doubts - until he finally has this epiphany, this revelation of who he is! He realizes. "Hey I'm Rocky! I can win this because I am Rocky! The name of this movie is Rocky - and that's me, so the chances of me winning are pretty high!"

Do you want to overcome? Find your identity in Christ as an overcomer.

Do you want to know who you are? Find out who your Daddy is!

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