Identity Roles

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Identity Roles – Relative/Parent

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Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NET)

As a child, I’m responsible to my parents. As an adult, if I am a parent I am responsible for my children and my relationship with them. My responsibility is to train them in how to relate to God, especially by modeling a life that is lived under the lordship of Jesus Christ. In this way they will develop their own faith that will sustain and bless them throughout their entire lives, and which they can pass on to the next generation.

Identity Roles – Inner Circle

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God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) exists in community, and knows we need close relationships to speak into our lives and to help us to not be alone. At the Transfiguration, Jesus revealed himself completely, in all his glory, to Peter, James and John. Since we are not yet completely like Christ, our complete revelation to others will reveal faults as well as strengths, but it is still important to our growth to maturity that we transparently share our lives with a few trusted friends. Who do you let see the real you, the whole you, warts and all, and allow to speak God’s wisdom into your life? Find them, treasure them, live in community with them.

Identity Roles – Biblical Community

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We need Christ-centered covenant relationships if we are going to become all that God intends us to become. We need the love, the fellowship, the wisdom and the accountability of fellow Christians being used by God to keep us on the right track. Let’s embrace community together.

Identity Roles – Strength

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Strength refers to our bodies, our energies, our abilities, our power for life. The Scriptures encourage us to do everything in the power of God, and avoid the religious treadmill, trying to follow the guidance of God in our own strength. We honor God with our bodies when we not only care for and develop them, but rely on the strength of God, accepting that our physical strength is sufficient for our situation, for whatever God will ask us to do.

Identity Roles – Mind

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Our minds enable us to process ideas, images and information with our ability to think. We are called to have the mind of Christ, to live with a Kingdom mindset. As God empowers our minds, we are able to understand scripture, and our souls agree with this because it’s from God, and then our hearts can change. As I come to want the things of God, I begin to have the mind of Christ.

Identity Roles – Soul

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Our soul involves our feelings, personality, conscience, intuition—the thumbprint of God on our lives. When our heart is aligned with God’s will, our soul agrees with God that this is good. When we see things that should not be, our soul is the part of us that reacts negatively. Since we are still sinners, the decisions we make with our heart sometimes war against our soul, and our soul can either steer us back on the right track or be disregarded to our soul’s harm. This week let’s pray that God would grow our souls and bring them even more life.

Identity Roles – Heart

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What do the Scriptures teach us about who we are in Christ? God made us, and we are His creation. As we listen to Him, we will become fully alive as a human being.

The greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength. But it starts with our heart, with our will, with what we want, our dreams, our desires. As we listen to what God wants for us (and He only wants the best for us), we become fully alive in Christ. When our attention drifts and we are enticed by worldly thoughts, we descend into much less than God’s best. So let’s begin this series by praying each day for God to cause a purification of our heart.