Embracing My True Identity


We launched Grace Place at Berthoud High School 22 years ago this weekend. Happy birthday and anniversary church!
And from the very beginning we have seen the value of small groups for spiritual growth, fellowship, love, care, support, and belonging.

I got inspired for this series as I was reading a book called: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, by Peter Scazzero. The subtitle of the book is: It’s impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. The more I considered that concept the more I came to agree with that premise. One of the reasons we get stalled spiritually is because we have also gotten stuck emotionally.

The most important first step in a Spiritual Breakthrough is for me to Embrace My True Identity. Most of us struggle with this. But it is critical to making both emotional and spiritual progress. 

Our key text is found in Luke 3 and 4 – the baptism and temptations of Jesus.

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)

Here’s what I want you to know and believe: When you become a child of God he feels the same way about you. He says to you: “You are my son; you are my daughter, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” This is your true identity!
Now, you might be thinking, he may love me, but he is not ‘well pleased’ with me. He’s probably regularly disappointed in me because of my failures and screwups!”
Today I’m going to challenge you to reject that way of thinking and replace it with truth.

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