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Summary: Examines the contrasts between who the world says we are and who Christ says we are.

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DEALING WITH A SPIRITUAL IDENTITY CRISIS

1 PETER 2:9

We live in a world that is full of people who are lost… We live in a world where many believe that they simply don’t fit in… We live in a world were many people are searching for a sense of belonging to someone or something… We live in a time were many are simply experiencing what I want to call an identity crisis…!

We live in a time where many people, both in and out of the body of Christ are experiencing an identity crisis… In other words, we don’t know who we are…! We’ve lost our identity… We don’t know who or what we are… And so consequently, we struggle everyday with this concept of being carnal chameleons one day and super-spiritual saints the next… Today we’re saved and tomorrow we’re slip-slidin’away… We’ve lost our identity…! And as a result we’re walking around like spiritual zombies trying to find life in any and everything around us…! (Discovered) Because of our identity crisis, we are faced with a very unfortunate dilemma that we must deal with… There are some issues that arise due to our lack of ability to know who we really are that we must deal with… In light of our identity crisis, we must deal with the pre-conceived opinion of…

I. WHO THE WORLD THINKS WE ARE

It’s no secret of what the world really thinks about those who live for Christ (TV, newspaper, etc)… It’s no secret that the world thinks that we are nothing more than second-class citizens… That we’re nothing more than freaks, fanatics, and frauds… The world thinks that we’re nothing more than extremists, trying to get some attention… They believe that we are bible-toting, tongue-speaking renegades, who only want to put on a spectacle for others to see…They believe that the church is nothing more than a social club, were we gather from week to week to compare clothes, hairstyles, and trends… The church is nothing more than a place for those who are in everybody else’s business to gather to share notes and swap stories…! They feel that the only difference between them and us is that they’re meeting in the clubs, and bars, but we’re meeting in the church!

And as a result of their thoughts about us, our witness becomes ineffective…! We can’t tell them anything, because they see us doing the same thing…! We can’t tell them not to do something because we’re doing everything… And because this spiritual identity crisis has been going on so long, it does not matter what we do to try and show them different… They’re not buying it…!

Because so many have been hurt, rejected, and made fun of by the church, they refuse to hear anything that we have to say...

The world thinks that we’re just putting on a show, pretending to be something that we’re not… (2 Timothy 3:5) Many folks “have a form of godliness but they deny its power…” In other words, they’re faking and shaking and it causes a detrimental effect on the entire body of Christ… Likewise I discovered that many people try to live up to what the worlds thinks… “The world says I should…”

And because this, many of are in the midst of a spiritual identity crisis… Because we’re on trying to be Who The World Thinks We Are… But I’ve also discovered that we get caught up in…

II. WHO WE BELIEVE WE ARE

Many people have been led into believing that once you are saved, that’s it…! Once you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior, there’s nothing left to do but just sit back and wait for Jesus to return… Many folks believe that once saved, we won’t have to worry about no more pain… No more heartache… No more rough times… In other words, we believe that we are immune to trials and tribulations…

But I came to bust your bubble… I’ve got to let you know that just because you’re saved doesn’t mean that you won’t go through… Just because you’re saved doesn’t mean you won’t experience hard times… Just because you’re saved doesn’t mean you won’t experience some midnight hours…! If you don’t believe me, just ask Job… Just ask Paul…

Many times, we get tricked by the enemy into believing that we are invincible… But we must understand that we are nothing and nobody within ourselves… The Bible says that, “all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away (Isa 64:6)…” In the sight of God…!

(Problem) Many have been taken on the belief that they are a product of their own selves… In other words, “You are who/what you because of your own power… You are who/what you because of your own ability… You are who/what you because of who your parents are… You are who/what you because of your education… You are who/what you because of your position in the community…” But the truth of the matter is you are who/what you are because of God…!

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Elmara Billones

commented on Jul 17, 2009

I am so blessed by the message and I believe it could help us encourage many believers to live the life with confidence and pleasing to God.

John Desoto

commented on Oct 18, 2009

good word.

Randy Hamel

commented on Jan 18, 2014

Very well done and focused on two points: were different because of Jesus. So lets believe what God says about us and not the world.

Randy Hamel

commented on Jan 18, 2014

Very well done and focused on two points: were different because of Jesus. So lets believe what God says about us and not the world.

Danny Brightwell

commented on Nov 3, 2015

Very good lesson. Thank you for sharing it.

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