IDentity Theft 8
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Notice the order of the temptation: Do, then you’ll become
The church has focused on what the Bible tells us TO DO – laws & rules
Not what the Bible says about WHO WE ARE – self identity
Consider the proper order:
Dan 11:32. The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
You become, then you do
Look at the order of these events in Jesus’ life:
God identifies Who we are and How He Feels about us
"You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." – Mark 1:11
Then He was tempted – in the area of His Identity
How did Jesus respond? With the Word
Out of a knowing of God
Everything begins with knowing Jesus
“Who do men say that I am?”
“Who do you say that I am?”
Are you going to say what everyone else is saying?
Will you know Him for yourself?
When Simon got the revelation of who Jesus was
It set the stage for Simon to become who he was supposed to be – Peter (Rock)
When you know who He is for yourself, you will discover…
‘Who’ you are created to become – your identity
‘What’ you’re purposed to do – your destiny
‘How’ you’re supposed to function – keys (power & authority)
If you don’t know Him for yourself, you will…
Not see yourself correctly – self-esteem
Put limits on your life
Miss His ‘fullness’
He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.
How you see Jesus will determine what you receive from Jesus
This principle applies to your Pastor
He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward.
Without a revelation of who he is, you will only say what others say
You will deal with the Pastor based on your expectations – creating limitations
Miss who he is to be in your life
When you miss who he is in your life, you can miss who you are supposed to become
When we see Him correctly, we get a correct view of ourselves.
When we get the revelation of our man or woman of God
God will use them to help us achieve our destiny
If we don’t see them correctly, we will resist the process of change
Because Simon can’t reach Peter’s destiny
Just as Saul couldn’t reach Paul’s destiny