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Summary: We can't hide who we are anymore

Identity Crisis

Ephesians 1:3-13

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,

Pray

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

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Somehow we identify that kinda of life….. With what we call a Christian

Thanks but no thanks

The Bible? tells us otherwise

Hebrews 13:4

4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled;? but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

Galatians 5:19

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

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