Summary: We can't hide who we are anymore
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation;
in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
How do we identify ourselves?
Do we identify by our name?
Do we identify by our job?
Do we identify by our income level?
Do we identify by what others say about you?
You see you can be very accomplished and not know who you are
Especially this day and age of social media….
So many people don’t even know who they are because on social media
Because on there—— you can hide who you really are
You can be a totally different person..
You can act like you have a life full of adventure
You can make everyone think that you are someone who lives an exciting life
Someone always on the go!
Someone who is aways happy
But in reality ——-you are depressed and suicidal!
You have an identity crisis
You have 2,000 friends online
But in reality you feel all alone
This is why suicided is at an all time high
People can’t live up to what they pretend to be
They can't live up to what their identity says they are online
It’s sad even in the Church Christians are facing a Indignity Crisis
Every Sunday people come to Church and hide who they really are
They come in here in try to fool everyone
They come in here and hide behind a mask
They come in here and asked like they have it all together
That they have it all figured out
And nothing ever happens to them
To them, they are living a perfect Christian life
You see That's? the problem with Christians today
We try to make our own identity
We are the Christian ( That we think we ought to be
Let me unpack that for a min
1.We think it’s ok to come to church and still hang out with old friends
2.It’s ok to call ourselves a Christian and still get drunk on the weekends
3. It’s ok to sleep around with who ever we want to
After all everyone is doing it
Somehow we identify that kinda of life….. With what we call a Christian
Thanks but no thanks
The Bible? tells us otherwise
4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled;? but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions,, heresies,
21 envy, murders, drunkenness, of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past,
That those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Will Not Inherit the Kingdom of God
You see the devil wants you to think that you are a good Christian
He wants you to believe that God understands
But I am here to tell you this morning that the devil is still a liar
He will make you think you can have sex before you are married
He wants you to live a lie
He wants you to hang out in the bars all weekend
And come to church on Sunday morning and pretend you are a good Christian
He wants you to be fake
Because he knows if you are fake
That you have no power to turn the lost
He knows if he can keep you in an Indignity crisis that you are no threat to him