Virtually no parent would cause their children harm if they understood what, in Christ, they should do. Another critical step is to ask the Holy Spirit to pinpoint any specific childhood experience that needs addressing regarding identity. It might be something obvious, but it could also be something more subtle and less dramatic than you think.
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As a personal example, I am the third of three daughters in my family. My parents were genuinely good and caring people, but my dad in particular had always intensely desired a son. Later, as an adult growing in the Lord, the Holy Spirit identified in me a persistent need to justify and defend myself. It became apparent that even as a little baby in the womb, I had absorbed the idea that I ought to have been a boy. Growing up I always felt the need to prove myself—as a perfectionist and overachiever; I was dogged by a sense of unworthiness and crippled with a fear of failure.
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I would not have thought this experience to be such a big deal, but little did I realize the extent to which it affected me. Supernatural healing was ministered to me as I read and absorbed Psalm , and my wounded soul recognized I was born exactly the way God intended me to be! Feelings of unworthiness, rejection, or the need to try to prove oneself or earn favor with God are common and are often rooted in childhood wounds and experiences.
Allow the Lord to show you if and how you might need to receive healing, that you may more abundantly perceive your full and complete identity as His child. This is the most recent article in a series we've been doing on Identity. Click below to read the articles you may have missed.
Galatians to redeem those under the law, that we might receive our adoption as sons.
He sits the test and earns you the inheritance. But Jesus does it all, born of a woman, born under law to redeem us — to give us the full rights of sons. And I benefit in full because, chapter 3 verse 29 says I belong to Christ. I belong to Him, who did it all for me.
Galatians 3:25-27-28-29 The Message (MSG)
Or in chapter 3, verse 27 we have even more pictorial language, it says: I am clothed with Christ. In myself I am a failure, but I am wrapped up in Jesus. And He offers the perfect worship, obedience and sacrifice to the Father. If you belong to Jesus, the Father looks on you and sees Jesus. The Father sends the Spirit of the Son into any who belong to the Son. Do you belong to Jesus, do you trust Him? Then you have the Eternal Spirit of God living in you. Well not naturally? God is love and you have been invited in. Everything that the Son has by rights, you now have through Him.
You have the God the Spirit in you. Our privileges in Jesus could not be greater. The trinity is not a maths problem! Do you know these truths? Do you know them in your heart? Because how you live in depends on knowing these truths in your heart. How you live your whole life depends on knowing this stuff in your heart.
But those are the options. You either understand the wonder of the trinity, or you live as a slave. Either you get the trinity — and join the trinity. Or you live as a slave. But the tragedy is that, by default, we all live as slaves. And even as Christians we fall into slavery again and again. It makes you a slave. In chapter 4, verses Paul talks about how slaves and sons can often be right besides one another. And outwardly they can look very similar. Now which one is the slave and which one is the son? One of these boys is a slave, the other one owns the whole estate.
There are slaves and sons together in every church in the world. Some here tonight know what it is to call the Almighty God, Daddy. I lived for many years as a slave. Outwardly I looked like a Christian — I said the right things, I tried to do the right things. I thought it was all about my arrow up to God. And so I tried and I tried and I never knew if it was enough. Then one day the Spirit opened my eyes and I saw Jesus properly. And the weight that came off my shoulders. The assurance of an inheritance that I could never earn, came flooding in. There are some who need to lay down their deadly doing, their arrow up Christianity, and be clothed in the Son.
I started with a mental test, let me give you one more. I am clothed in the Son of God and His prayer-life is pretty darned good. And chapter 4 verse 6 tells me that the Spirit of the Son is in me. And what is He doing? He is praying. What is He praying? He is praying the prayer of Jesus to the Father. The Spirit of the Son calling out to your Father from the depth of your being. It is resting like a needy child in the arms of a strong and loving Heavenly Father.
You join in late and add your own Amen. And then we stop praying like slaves and start praying like sons. We need to be little children in prayer and thankfully the Spirit of the Son makes us exactly that and helps us to pray child-like prayers where we depend on our heavenly Dad.
Do you see the difference between slaves and sons? Do you see how important it is to see God rightly? Heavenly Father, thank You that we can call you Father. Thank You for inviting us into Your family. Thank You for sending Your Spirit into our hearts. If we are Christians here, may each one of us know that we are clothed in Your Son and loved with an everlasting love.
Now and always, Amen. Posted in grace , pastoral theology , sermons , trinity , union with Christ Tagged grace , pastoral theology , sermons , trinity , union with Christ 7 Comments. Great sermon. Which is astonishing! But it still talks about pre-creation.
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So these verses certainly ward us away from one kind of pre-creation talk. So any answer to the question that paints the pre-creation picture as something different to what we see in Jesus is extremely dangerous. To think of the Triune Fountainhead makes us realise we are the ones who are divorced and detached — alienated in our minds.
I can see why you and others ask that sort of question. Culture, What It Is Pt 2. Part 2. Passing Through to the Next.
Remember this, the King of Heaven wants sons and daughters, not servants. Religion produces servants. It revels in the spirit of servitude. Sons and daughters of the King see service as a privilege; religious people see it as an obligation. Keep in mind, Jesus came that we might "receive the full rights of sons". This is a legal term or language. It refers to legal rights and entitlements based on relationship of birth. We are sons and daughters of God.
Sonship is our right by creation. Christ did not die to improve us; He died to regain and confirm us. This price He paid was not to make us worthy but to prove our worth.
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He did not come to enlist an army or servants. He has the angels for that. He came to restore the King's sons and daughters to their rightful position; rulership as heirs of his Kingdom. Remember, if we are heirs and are destined to rule our Father's Kingdom, then we had better learn to understand His Kingdom and how it operates. We must learn how to think, talk, and live like Kingdom citizens. The Kingdom is the most important message of our age and the answer to the dilemma of ancient and modern man.
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