Sunday was part-2 of our “i-am-in” series. This week’s message was “Who Am I?”
We kicked off the night in our prayer groups praying for the upcoming “See You at the Pole” Outreach at the end of September as well as continuing to pray for the persecuted church in the middle east.
We played a new game after prayer that was a big hit. We split into two teams, and each team had 15 seconds to decide who they thought would be the best at a certain task. Once a team member went, they could not go again. Some of the tasks were: who is the fastest crab-walker, the best thumb wrestler, the fastest alphabet song singer, and the best at a staring contest.
Worship time was great, and one of our students on the youth band spoke a word over the group that they felt God was laying on their heart!
The message was, “Who Am I?”
Like last week’s question, “Who Is God?”, this is a loaded question. Unfortunately, it’s a question that many of us cringe at the thought of answering because of one word— INSECURITY.
Insecurity is not being confident or sure, or uncertain. It is also a personal prison of bondage and lies we allow to grow around us from past failures, addictions, verbal/mental/emotional abuse, fear, pride, etc. You may look normal on the outside, but on the inside, you are stressed, worried, timid, insecure, and frightened. Insecurity makes it easy to believe lies, leading to an unrealistic fear of what others think. Our identity and the answer to the question, “Who Am I?” is not found in our accomplishments, people, or what we think of ourselves— it is found in who God says we are and who we are in and through him.
1. I Am Original
Psalm 139:13-14NIV; Rms. 12:2
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
God created you. Every detail. Every inch. Piece by piece. He looked at you in awe. God created you with gifts, talents, and a plan that only you can fulfill.
Romans 12:2 says,
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
When we conform to the world to try and fit in, be accepted, or get ahead in life, we are robbing ourselves of discovering the fullness of God’s will and plan for our lives.
You were created to be original. You were created to be you.
2. I Am Loved
Romans 5:8; Jn. 3:16-17
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died
for us.; For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Christ gave his life so that you could be free, victorious, and experience his love. He loves you just the way you are. God created you the way he did for a reason. Don’t listen to the lies of Satan that today’s culture feeds us that you have to act or dress a certain way, or do certain things to fit in. You are loved. Believing that will change the way you live. Why? Because it will take away your desire to do things or give into the temptation to do things just to fit in. When you truly believe that you are truly loved by God, he is the one that you will live to please and be accepted by. The truth is—we live for God because we are already loved by him, not to earn his love.
3. I Am Chosen
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
God chose you. He chose you to have a relationship with him, and planned ahead of time to adopt you into his family. All you have to do is accept the invitation. Think about what it means to be adopted. Chances are that you’ve been rejected, lost someone close to you, or feel like you have no hope or purpose. You have wounds from your past wonder if someone will ever welcome you into their family again. Then someone comes along and CHOOSES you to be a part of their family. This is exactly what God did for us! God knew all of our faults, mistakes, negative characteristics, and he still chose to freely give us access to all the benefits of being a part of his family! You are chosen.
The challenge for this week is to look yourself in the eyes each time you look into the mirror and tell yourself these three things: I AM ORIGINAL, I AM LOVED, and I AM CHOSEN. This may actually be harder than you think for some. You can learn a lot from someone when you look them straight in the eyes. Many times, you can see hurt, pain, regret, joy, happiness, confidence, etc. When you look yourself straight in the eyes it may mean that you are going to see some of your own pain, past mistakes, regret, etc. The point of this challenge is to do it until you truly believe what you are saying because when you truly believe it, you will live like it!
The first two weeks have taught us that GOD IS THE REAL-DEAL, GOD IS NEAR, and GOD IS A GOOD, GOOD FATHER. Because of who God is, we know that we can each say that I AM ORIGINAL, I AM LOVED, and I AM CHOSEN.
Don’t miss next week’s challenging, powerful finale— “What Am I Going to Do About It?”!!!
Make sure you check out some of the pictures from last night below before you leave!