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Don't You Realize Who You Are?

Don't you realize who you are? This is what the Apostle Paul asks believers over and over in his letters. In I Corinthians 6, he asks them why they are suing one another instead of allowing disagreements to be handled within the church.  He says that we will judge the world one day and then even judge angels! (vv. 2-3)   Don't you realize who you are? He then corrects them for allowing sexual sin to be a part of the church and reminds them that their bodies are the dwelling places of the Holy Spirit! (vv. 18-20)  Don't you realize who you are? The Apostle Paul was having to remind the church at Corinth just who they were because they had lost sight of their true identity.  They had begun to identify once again with their lives before Christ. That old man of sin, that should be dead was now leading. He reminds them that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God and then tells them, “And such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God!”  In other words, “YOU HAVE A NEW IDENTITY!”  

Did you ever stop and think about how awesome it is that our Creator, the One who designed our vast universe, places such a high value on mankind?  Psalm 8:4-5 says, “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.”   Who are we anyway?  Psalm 139 tells us that in Him we were fearfully and wonderfully made.  We were His crowning achievement!  Think about it: The God of the universe has given you value and given you worth.  He thought so much of you, that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for you and redeem you! (John 3:16)

Your value and worth comes from understanding your identity in Christ.  Don’t allow the past to dictate the future.  Don’t allow past failures to determine the outcome of your life.  Don’t allow the past to control your destiny.  When God changed your identity, He changed your destiny!  “There is therefore no condemnation in Christ Jesus, “ Romans 8:1.  Incrimination is one of the weapons the enemy uses against us to keep us in a place of condemnation. The enemy wants to keep you in that place of bondage to sin, in that place of guilt and shame! But  2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us “therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation.  Old things are passed away, behold all things have become new!  Don't you realize who you are?

The spirit of the world wants to tell you that your value and identity is about your possessions, the color of your skin, and your talents and abilities. The world and your flesh will tell you that you need to have something or look like something or identify with a certain group of people in order to gain an identity of any value!  God reminds us over and over in His Word that our value and our identity comes from our Creator, not from the created! Don't you realize who you are?

Glad Tidings Church

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