If you have lived long enough, you have had plenty of personal set backs, defeats and losses. Things like job firing, business failures, divorces or even the loss of your health all take their toll physically, emotionally and especially spiritually. These defeats can leave us with a lifetime of wounds and create in us confusion and vagueness because of all of the rejection. In short, we can have an Identity Crisis. The challenge is that if you stay in this place too long then you can create new limiting self beliefs. It is much like turning two magnets in the repelling direction. Although the repelling force is invisible, it is nonetheless a very powerful and viable deterrent to any correction. All of this happens at the subconscious level and over time these set backs can ultimately determine who you believe you are.
When you introduce yourself to someone for the first time, you have an opportunity to define yourself. You disclose your name, profession, and interests. These factors help our culture define us, but are those answers enough? People are struggling in ten thousand ways because of identity issues. They can't help but ask, who am I ? Can our culture really provide meaningful answers to those questions. How about our faith based community? Where can you learn to develop and grow in a new identity. This is why we created the Identity Driven Church. We are a community of believers who are passionate to learn how to own our identity and to walk in that new identity each and every day.
Here at the Identity Driven Church, we believe that before asking " Who am I? " we need to be able to answer the question " Who is God? ". If we can't answer the second question, we will never be able to answer the first one . The problem with our search for identity is that we are looking in all the wrong places. Only the Bible teaches us that we are all made in the image of God. So in fact, we do not define ourselves, the Creator does. We were all created to be known and loved by God. Once we are clear about that, we can move forward and discover all God has called us to be.
You are a spirit, you have a soul, you live in a body. Your spirit is the part of you that was born again and is exactly like Jesus. It is the REAL you. Your spiritman and Holy Spirit are as one, in constant communion. This is why you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus even though you are not perfect in your actions. Your HAVE a soul, which is your mind, your will, and your emotions - what you think, what you want and how you feel. This is the part of you that wants to lead. This is the part of you that can grow more Christ like, but doesn't have to. (I'm sure you know people who have been born again for years but still act as foolishly or selfishly as they ever did.) Your soul is also the connector between your spirit and your physical body. Your body is the part of you that will be made perfect in the future. Your body also supplies your soul with information, such as see, feel, hear, smell, taste. This is one of the reasons it is so important to strengthen your spirit so you are not lead by your soul. "Walk by faith and not by sight."