SEVEN // Part 6 of 7
Bible Text: Colossians 2:8-10 | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: SEVEN | Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
/// Colossians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
A strong sense of identity is very important to good mental health. Your sense of identity has to do with who you think you are and how you perceive yourself. It’s about how you define yourself. (www.mirror-mirror.org)
Rene Descartes, a French philosopher, said this very famous statement: “I think therefore I am.” Well, the Bible says it this way: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) One of the most fundamental and important questions that we must answer is – who am I? The answer to that question is found in knowing Who God is.
Remember that we discussed that the greatest problem in the world and the church is that people don’t know who God is? Today, we are focusing on the lies that you believe about yourself. Lies about who we are come from experiences, interactions, and education that create within a self-image in conflict with the truth of the Word of God. Why should we look to the Word of God for our image? Because we are created in the image of God and our purpose is a function of that image. When we don’t know who we are, we don’t know what we are supposed to be doing in life. Everything gets confused. You ready to do away with the confusion?
I renounce the lie that I am rejected, unloved, dirty or shameful because in Christ I am completely accepted.
Who are you really?
I am God’s child (John 1:12) – I am God’s friend (John 15:15) – I have been justified (Romans 5:1) – I am united with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17) – I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) – I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27) – I am a saint (Ephesians 1:1) – I have been adopted by God (Ephesians 1:5) – I have direct access to God (Ephesians 2:18) – I am forgiven (Colossians 1:14) – I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)
I renounce the lie that I am guilty, unprotected, alone, or abandoned because in Christ I am totally secure.
Who are you really?
I am free from condemnation (Romans 8:1-2) – I am assured that all things are working for my good (Romans 8:28) – I am free from charges against me (Romans 8:31-34) – I cannot be separated from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39) – I have been anointed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) – God will finish His work in me (Philippians 1:6) – I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20) – I am hidden in God (Colossians 3:3) – I don’t have a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) – I have 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)
I renounce the lie that I am worthless, inadequate, helpless or hopeless because in Christ I am deeply significant.
Who are you really?
I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14) – I am a branch of the true vine Jesus (John 15:1-5) – I am chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16) – I am a Spirit empowered witness of Jesus (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 coworker (2 Corinthians 6:1) – I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 2:6) – I am God’s workmanship created for good works (Ephesians 2:10) – I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12) – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
Colossians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
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