Good News Becoming
December 8, 2013 Series: Good News Living
Topic: Weekend Gathering Message Passage: Galatians 2:20–2:20
To live a transformed life, we need to become who we are.
KNOW who you are.
1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
EMBRACE who you are
How do you do that?
Proclaim it to yourself.
Pray it to God.
Tell it to each other.
LIVE who you are
What have you believed falsely about your own identity? How has this been destructive in your life?
How can I remind myself that I am dead to sin and alive in Christ?
What in your own life do you need to yield to Christ and pronounce “I’m dead to that!” to?
Thank you Jesus for the good news that in Christ I am dead to sin and alive to God. Sin no longer has power over me and God’s power lives in me.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
What are you allowing your mind to dwell upon?
"The ultimate freedom we have as human beings is the power to select what we will allow or require our minds to dwell upon."
- Dallas Willard
You can't evoke thoughts by feeling a certain way, but you can evoke and to some degree control feelings by directing your thoughts.
- Dallas WIllard