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Identity Series | the seven areas of life

 

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MENU:  #1 Reasoning With The Flesh | #2 Equipping Process | #3 Right To Minister | #4 Data On The Flesh | #5 & 6 Repentance | #7 Let Your Yes Be Yes | #8 Identification In Christ | #9 Extending Forgiveness | #10 Seeking Forgiveness | #11 The Troubled Church | #12 Embracing Authority | #13 Repentance For Physical Area | #14 Identification For Physical Area | #15 & 16 Discipline For Physical Area | #17 Obedience For Physical Area | #18 Fruit For Physical Area |  #19 Victory For Physical Area | #20 Vision For Physical Area | #21 Repentance For Spiritual Area | #22 Identification For  Spiritual Area | #23 Discipline For  Spiritual Area | #24 Obedience For  Spiritual Area | #25 Fruit For  Spiritual Area |  #26 Victory For  Spiritual Area | #27 Vision For Spiritual Area | #28 Repentance For Psychological Area | #29 & 30 Identification For  Psychological Area | #31 Discipline For  Psychological Area | #32 Obedience For  Psychological Area | #33 Fruit For  Psychological Area |  #34 Victory For  Psychological Area | #35 Vision For Psychological Area | #36 Repentance For Social Area | #37 Identification For  Social Area | #38 Discipline For  Social Area | #39 Obedience For  Social Area | #40 & 41 Fruit For  Social Area | #42 Fruit for Social: Gifts 1 |#43 & 44 Fruit for Social: Gifts 2 | #45 Fruit for Social: Gifts 3 | #46 Fruit for Social: Gifts 4 |#47 Fruit for Social: Gifts 5 | #48 Fruit for Social: Gifts 6 |#49 Fruit for Social: Gifts 7 |#50 Fruit for Social: Gifts 8 | #51 Fruit for Social: Gifts 9 | #52 Victory For  Social: True Friendship (Part One & Two)  | #53 Vision For Social: Purpose For Relationships (Part One & Two) | #54  Identity In Finances (Part 1) | #55 Identity In Finances: My Own Power | #56 Identity In The Father: Names of God | #57 Identity In Finances: Points of Freedom | #58 Identity In Finances: 7 Principles | #59 Identity In Finances: Bondage | #60 Identity In Finances: Money & Possessions | #61 Identity In Finances: Purpose of Money  | #62 Identity In Finances: Purpose of Money 2 | #63 Identity In Finances: Multigenerational GivingFor   #64 and beyond, please go to the IOM Library

IDENTITY #1

Reasoning With The Flesh

 

Description: This series is one of hope and renewal. It is aimed at equipping individuals and families to stand and walk free in completeness, in the indwelling life of Jesus Christ, by the miraculous mystery of the Holy Spirit within us.  This is the key to renewal in the Church, as well.  The Identity Matters s is offered to assist all indwelt Christians to be better equipped in communicating the Exchanged Life – from the beginner to the advanced believer.

 

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IDENTITY #2

Equipping Process

 

Description: There are virtually as many forms and methods of ministering to others as there are counselors, disciplers, and teachers. It could not, and should not, be said that any one method is “the” absolute correct way in helping another with the Exchanged Life. Much depends upon the philosophy, vain or not, of ministry to which the “Christian” worker subscribes. The objective determines the means. The Equipping Process is critical in working with others. 

 

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IDENTITY #3

Right To Minister

 

Description: One of the most common misunderstandings in discipleship is assumption of permission – believe me, I have stepped over this line one too many times.  Just because someone is showing signs of needing help, does not mean that they are granting you permission to disciple them.  One of the key principles in management is that expectation cannot be managed unless mutual agreements to such expectations are confirmed. 

 

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IDENTITY #4

Data On The Flesh

 

Description: The process of delving into past or present experiences of life is high risk, can be threatening but yet very important when it comes to the discipleship process. I have learned through the years that this general data gathering helps me understand how patterns of thinking and feeling and their choices have been formed in the lives of those we minister unto.  

 

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IDENTITY #5 & 6

Repentance

 

Description: Repentance is the most uncommon and least used phase of most “Christian” counselors.  Many counselees come in with thoughts like “I need help with my marriage” and what does the “counselor” do?  Goes after the marriage issues of course!  Some will work to define the hidden issues behind a broken marriage but few actually use the issues to lead the DE (disciplee)  to repentance.  Repentance you say, yes – repentance.  Most people helpers are focused on fixing the fix that God fixed on His children to fix them trying to fix themselves and others. 

 

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IDENTITY #7

Let Your Yes Be Yes

 

Description: "Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, 'YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.' "But I say to you, make no oath (promise) at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. "Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. "But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil. (Matthew 5:33-37)  Learn more about how God is a God of the "Yes" and how this truth affects the discipleship process.  

 

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IDENTITY #8

Identification

 

Description: This phase (Phase 5 - Identification) unfolds the foundational concept for complete and effective living in Christ Jesus, through the indwelt Holy Spirit.  It is not the end by any means, but the starting place of the disciplee switching from self-effort to Christ doing the work through him OR her.  Once the disciple transfers his/her foundation from self to the indwelling life of Christ, real living starts. 

 

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IDENTITY #9

Reconciliation (Extending Forgiveness)

 

Description: Have you ever tried to reconcile with someone whom you had not yet forgiven for their part?  If you have, you know that things go bad at the first reaction of your attempt.  It takes the mind (life) of Christ within you to do the extending and seeking forgiveness of another.  As most us know, that can’t happen until an indwelt believer appropriates his/her identity in Christ. 

 

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IDENTITY #10

Reconciliation (Seeking Forgiveness)

 

Description: If anyone has anything against us, we must go and seek forgiveness.  It is a vital part of the Christian life – It demonstrates what Christ did for us.  For every single offense against us, there is a minimum of 5 reaction sins we commit back.  Learn more.

 

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IDENTITY #11

The Troubled Church

 

Description: The church is in trouble! It is suffering from a serious case of “disillusionment of discipleship.”  Many people today consider discipleship as “spiritual abuse.”  The authenticity of true Christ as Life discipleship is rare. 

 

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IDENTITY #12

Embrace Authority

 

Description: In order for the discipleship process to work effectively, the disciple and discipler must accept and embrace the original structure of authority.

 

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IDENTITY #13

Repentance For Physical Area of Life

 

Description: Most of the time, exchanged life workers do not apply the identity truths to the seven areas of life but primarily focus on the spiritual area.  Because we are born into this fallen world as members of the fallen race, repentance and identification has become one of the most important responsibilities of our lives – particularly the discipler. 

 

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IDENTITY #14

Identification For Physical Area of Life

 

Description: Most of the time, exchanged life workers do not apply the identity truths to the seven areas of life but primarily focus on the spiritual area.  Because we are born into this fallen world as members of the fallen race, repentance and identification has become one of the most important responsibilities of our lives – particularly the discipler. 

 

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IDENTITY #15 & 16

Discipline For The Physical Area of Life

 

Description:  The overall message of the Scriptures is that an indwelt believer should exercise the fullest potential of all that he is in Christ.  To appropriate this, it takes a great deal of discipline – that of the disciplines of the Lord’s life within each believer.  This discipline starts in our minds by appropriating the mind of Christ through the Spirit life, which lives and breathes in the Spiritual area of the trinity of man.  Since our bodies are inundated with sin and our minds are damaged by this sin, it will take a completely different mind and discipline to eradicate it –

that of Christ very Life within us.

 

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IDENTITY #17

Obedience For Physical Area of Life

 

Description: It is therefore an incredible vessel of the living God, belonging to the One who designed it for its eternal purpose, purchasing your body, and then came to live in it in order to provide a way of escape from the sinful acts of the flesh.  But at the same time it is under franchise to the human tenant for its functioning in the world without being of it.  That poses a conflict for the believer but certainly not a problem for the Creator.

 

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IDENTITY #18

Fruit For Physical Area of Life

 

Description: The fruit of the Spirit is not something that practiced or applied – it is a result of the appropriation of knowing and accepting who you are in Christ.  Most Christ followers have to memorize, practice and work to replicate the manifestations of the Spirit, whereas indwelt Christians (those who have the life of Christ living in them, don’t replicate but appropriate a resource that already exist in them – the very life of Jesus.. 

 

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IDENTITY #19

Victory For Physical Area of Life

 

Description: This is no news flash but all of us stumble in many ways BUT if we do not stubble in what we say, we show and reveal the perfection of Christ within us.  Speak has much to do with evidence of Christ within us.  This context makes clear that the “stumbling” spoken of here is not any technical inaccuracy of speech, but rather refers to moral problems – like, dishonest, criticism, condemnation others, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  How easy it is for us, even as indwelt Christians, to say things that we devoutly wish only in moments later that we could retract. 

 

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IDENTITY #20

Vision For Physical Area of Life

 

Description: I know few who do not want physical health.  We typically view life through the state of our physical bodies.  This of course is not a good way to view life!  Many who have health are quick to judge others regarding their lack of health, and many who are unhealthy have to face that judgment but the truth being said – it is these believers who have fabulously rich lives in terms of meaning and identity in Christ, oftentimes are more effective, purposed at communicating the “sufferings of Jesus.” 

 

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IDENTITY #21

Repentance For Spiritual Area of Life

 

Description: As we review the story of Samuel and the powerful words spoken: Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry, we see that God abhors the sin of rebellion and stubbornness.  This is verified countless times in the Old Testament where we see Him wiping out whole nations because of it.  Even Israel was not spared from God’s judgment over these two sins.  Witchcraft and idolatry are the two primary acts of rebellion of Satan himself.  This is why He has such vehemence against such acts.  They reflect the will of His enemy and those that follow him – both demonstrating and defiance of God and a denial of His existence and sovereignty in man’s affairs with Him.

 

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IDENTITY #22

Identification For Spiritual Area of Life

 

Description: Without question the greatest event in all of history for God and man is the Incarnation – God, the infinite Creator, Sustainer, taking on human flesh, becoming a man upon this earth, died for us, crucified our old nature and placed His very life in the Bride of Christ – the church.  A truth that is so simple but made complex through the morbid beliefs of fallen man.

 

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IDENTITY #23

Discipline For Spiritual Area of Life

 

Description:  It cannot be made any clearer than this.  By making use of the Lord’s illustration here, abiding means being connected as a branch to a Vine, possessing no independent life of godship of its own but drawing moment by moment upon the Life of the Vine for strength, nourishment, and power to bear fruit and live day to day.  There must be no splitting or cutting that would cause the branch to be in anything less than perpetual participation with the sap (Holy Spirit) that flows freely through the Vine for function, growth, and purpose of living.

 

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IDENTITY #24

Obedience For Spiritual Area of Life

 

Description: To be a Christ as Life worshiper, is to be taken up with Him in Spirit, awed by His presence, overjoyed by His righteousness and gracious acceptance, bound by His immeasurable greatness, freed by His everlasting love.  It is giving to Him oneself and all that one knows of honor, adoration, allegiance, obedience and exaltation.

 

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IDENTITY #25

Fruit For Spiritual Area of Life

 

Description: Each of the grapes of the cluster of the Holy Spirit are equally as important but I want to focus on one individual grape that seems to be considered the greatest among them - love!  Love is seen to manifest or express itself in all the other grapes listed in the Scriptures.

 

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IDENTITY #26

Victory For Spiritual Area of Life

 

Description: Victory in Christ is almost always directly connected with the power of prayer. Those who don’t find the spiritual secret of prayer find themselves “fainting” on a regular basis. Jesus gave a parable in Luke to teach us the importance of prayer.

 

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IDENTITY #27

Vision For Spiritual Area of Life

 

Description: Most self-proclaimed Christians aim in life to be happy, thus requiring God to make them happy. These types of believers expect God to change His doctrines to match their morbid beliefs – particularly the ones that make them “un-happy” or uncomfortable. One of the most common used against God is the doctrines of divorce. Many of Christians in my office have made the statement that “God does not want me to be un-happy in this marriage.” With this morbid belief, comes a twisting of doctrines that surround the issue of divorce. They somehow believe that any marriage relationship or work situation or life-experience that hinders them from being happy is a violation of their happiness.

 

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IDENTITY #28

Repentance for Psychological Area of Life

 

Description: Man’s default from birth is to be equal with God, if not rise above Him. Not only is this a sin but it is entirely fruitless. So why do we attempt to do such a ridiculous thing? The sin that became our identity in the garden was and is to be like God. Even though the thought of such and act is absolute idiocy – we practice such futility on a daily basis. Seriously, how could the Creator and Sustainer of all the universe and beyond; the Designer of everything spiritual psychological, and tangible; the Controller and Lord of all thrones, dominions, and powers both visible and invisible; the Architect of eternity – how could He possibly have an equal?

 

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IDENTITY #29 & 30

Identification for Psychological l Area of Life

 

Description: It is said that one’s thought patterns reveals the person’s functional identity. In proverbs we find this:For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But his heart is not with you. (Proverbs 23:7)

 

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IDENTITY #31

Discipline for Psychological l Area of Life

 

Description: Strong and upright character in the life of an indwelt believer is what God determines to develop in order that He might be demonstrated and glorified here on earth. Scripture tells us that God makes everything that happens in life fit into a pattern of good to those who love Him from within and are called for His purpose. Why? To be conformed to the image/reflection of His Son Jesus Christ – but only for those who have been called for His purpose.

 

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IDENTITY #32

Obedience for Psychological l Area of Life

 

Description: The authority structure laid out by God from the beginning of human time is what makes or breaks the Lord’s “machine” from functioning according to the God of the Hebrew.  Authority structures are part of God’s Holy design and cannot be avoided – even in a post-modern world.  Everyone is under authority, even Satan himself. 

 

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IDENTITY #33

Fruit for Psychological l Area of Life

 

Description: Just as fruit trees do not work to neither produce fruit nor do indwelt body members of Christ.  The tree labors to rest in order for the fruit to find its way to the surface of the branches – it draws upon the sap of the tree in order to convert bitter sap into sweet fruit.  It is a miracle if you really think about it.

 

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IDENTITY #34

Victory for Psychological l Area of Life

 

Description: One of the greatest deceptions in Christendom is assuming that our own thoughts are, or can be, the thoughts of the Lord.  Truth being said, that vain philosophy will never fly in the Kingdom of Heaven.  God clearly keeps the two separate and for good reasons.  In fact, this is the reason He puts the mind of Christ in us (Phil. 2:2).

 

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IDENTITY #35

Vision for Psychological l Area of Life

 

Description: Seeing is believing, at least that was what I was taught growing up. After I came to accepting the Life of Christ within me, I realized something rather mind-bending – that what I see is not reality but rather a twisted view, or vision, of the enemy’s complexities and graven imagery. Satan has been working 24/7 for almost 7,000 years to form “Christian” leaders that block the VISION of Christ’s view through the indwelt believer.

 

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IDENTITY #36

Repentance for Social Area of Life

 

Description: Have you ever wondered what the purpose is for relationships outside of Christ? I certainly have! Let’s review the facts, all unsaved people are of the world and are hostile toward God due to this reality (James 4:5). The scriptures go on to say that anyone who is friends with the world makes himself an enemy of God. So how is it that we are to befriend those of the world? Did you know that our social life is a true confession of what we believe?

 

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IDENTITY #37

Identification for Social Area of Life

 

Description: Have you ever wondered what the purpose is for relationships outside of Christ? I certainly have! Let’s review the facts, all unsaved people are of the world and are hostile toward God due to this reality (James 4:5). The scriptures go on to say that anyone who is friends with the world makes himself an enemy of God. So how is it that we are to befriend those of the world? Did you know that our social life is a true confession of what we believe?

 

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IDENTITY #38

Discipline for Social Area of Life

 

Description: The Word tells us to do nothing from selfishness or self-conceit, but to humbly set our minds on the mind of Christ from within when it comes to considering another more important than ourselves. We are required by our Lord to not merely look out for our own personal interest, but also for the interest of those around us. This cannot happen unless we are devoted to each and every Body member by making use of the love of God that indwells us – this is true and honorable giving before our Lord (Phil. 2:3-4; Rom. 12:10).

 

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IDENTITY #39

Obedience for Social Area of Life

 

Description: The Word tells us to do nothing from selfishness or self-conceit, but to humbly set our minds on the mind of Christ from within when it comes to considering another more important than ourselves. We are required by our Lord to not merely look out for our own personal interest, but also for the interest of those around us. This cannot happen unless we are devoted to each and every Body member by making use of the love of God that indwells us – this is true and honorable giving before our Lord (Phil. 2:3-4; Rom. 12:10).

 

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IDENTITY #40 &41

Fruit for Social Area of Life

 

Description: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The Holy Spirit is just as much alive today as He was when the New Testament was written. Before we move forward in exploring the dynamics of fruit for the social area, we need to know a little about the spiritual gifts given to us through Christ, which is His fruit for our social life. It is critical that we accept all the work of God through the Holy Spirit in modern times just as the disciples were called to accept the work of the Holy Spirit over 2000 years ago.

 

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IDENTITY #42

Fruit for Social Area of Life (Spiritual Gifts: Continued)

 

Description: A spiritual gift is a God given ability planted within your soul by the Holy Spirit activated upon the day of your salvation and is a direct manifestation of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. Every member of the Body of Christ receives at least one.  This class focuses specifically on the gift of LEADERSHIP.

 

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IDENTITY #43 & 44

Fruit for Social Area of Life (Spiritual Gifts: Continued)

 

Description: God does not activate a gift(s) without placing the Life of Christ within the born-again believer. Once that happens, He shouts out a calling within the indwelt Christian so that the believer will NOT use the gifting on himself/herself, which is self-abasement. This class unfolds the details of the gifts of the Apostle and Administrator.

 

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IDENTITY #45

Fruit for Social Area of Life (Spiritual Gifts: Continued)

 

Description: If we expect God to use us, He will be ready and willing to do so.  God knows who needs ministry and whom He needs to use to get the job done. 

 

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IDENTITY #46

Fruit for Social Area of Life (Spiritual Gifts: Continued)

 

Description: Spiritual gifts is a very important part of church growth.  This is why so many body members put such an emphasis on these gifts.  Many members believe that discipleship cannot start unless the person is saved.  This is not true.  As with Jesus's disciples, not a one of them was saved (filled with the Holy Spirit) while He was disciple-ing them - discipleship usually leads a person to salvation (indwelling of Christ).

 

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IDENTITY #47

Fruit for Social Area of Life (Spiritual Gifts: Continued)

 

Description: Please know that God works in all of His children, but God pours Himself through willing vessels.  Many Christians do not like the idea of God healing people through them, casting out demons, performing miracles, speaking in tongues, or speaking words directly from God’s mouth.

 

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IDENTITY #48

Fruit for Social Area of Life (Spiritual Gifts: Manifestations Part 1 & 2)

 

Description: These manifestations are delivered by the sovereign hand of God (1 Corinthians 12:11).  All Christians receive manifestations.  The more willing the Christian, the more manifestations there are for them.  The less willing the believer, the more a manifestation passes on to another who is saying: Lord, here am I, send me. 

 

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IDENTITY #49

Fruit for Social Area of Life (Social Media & Manifestation Gifts)

 

Description:  The Holy Spirit manifests Himself within the believer to enable him to discern the spirit behind certain actions or words, whether the spirit operating is the Holy Spirit or demonic.  The person with this manifestation has been given a supernatural ability to see into the spiritual realm for the protection of the Body of Christ.

 

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IDENTITY #50

Fruit for Social Area of Life (Speaking In Tongues: Gifts)

 

Description:  The word Tongues comes from the Greek word Glossa.  There are three findings of the word tongue in the New Testament: two kinds of tongues of man and one kind of tongue of angels.

 

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IDENTITY #51

Fruit for Social Area of Life (Gifts: Don't Be Childish)

 

Description:  

Knowing and discovering your Spiritual Gifts is a fun and exciting journey.  Always know that there may be many different types of gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit, but it is one Spirit that works all these together.  He is the one who distributes them.

 

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IDENTITY #52

Fruit for Social Area of Life (True Indwelt Friendships Part 1 & 2)

 

Description:  To have true friends (an exchange of identity) is a great personal blessing.  Let’s face it, when you add up all your relationships on earth, most people can count on one hand true friends that are thicker than blood.  Some of the most painful experiences of life come to us through broken friendships or having those we love turn on us at the first signs of disillusionment.  But friendships are often strained because God’s principles regarding true friendship are ignored or simply violated.  Friendship in our post-modern times is viewed as some kind of self-love exchange.  Long gone is the truest definition – a vessel to entrust the Gospel and mission of God.  I openly admit that my friendships, as few as they are, are for the strict purpose of ministry inheritance.  This may sound cold or rude but since I know God’s purpose of friendship, the o-pinions of others matter not to me.  

 

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IDENTITY #53

Vision for Social Area of Life (Purpose of Relationships Part 1 & 2)

 

Description:  God created us to be placed in tribes, families, communities, fellowships, small groups and in nations – for the single purpose of dependence within the Body of Christ.  In Genesis the Lord reveals to us one of the more significant simple truths of design.  Once Adam was put into the Garden, God told him to tend to it so that the seeds coming forth from these plants can bear new life and this was to be done BEFORE God granted him a helpmate.  This too was a pictorial overview of what Christ was called to do for mankind.  

 

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IDENTITY #54

Identity In Finances (Part 1)

 

Description:  God says the rain falls on the just and the unjust.  For our reading benefit, we could easily say the “money falls on the just and the unjust.” As we look around at the end-times, we see an entire world prospering, but only for a season.  As with all spoiled children, people of the world only focus on others to get what they want, in order to spend it on their own pleasures. Typically, God avoids supporting anything that gets in the way of true dependence on Him. God is calling each of His children to call upon Him and He will deliver according to His divine Truth and Will. 

 

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IDENTITY #55

Identity In Finances (My Own Power)

 

Description:  •If you have been doing any reading in the book of Revelation, you will discover that Babylon will show its face one more time.  This city has always been a thorn in God's side.  It has and will again pride itself in wisdom, wealth, and power.  In the case of King Nebuchadnezzar, he was turned over to a depraved mind for making such arrogant claims.

 

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IDENTITY #56

Identity In The Father (Names of God)

 

Description:  The Father makes it clear that He is the beginning and the end.  If we were able to find all the spoken and inspired words describing God in the Word of God, we still would not come close to describing the Father of heaven.   It will take eternity for us to discover all the attributes of God.  This is the primary reason why we should be so excited about going to the Father and spending eternity with Him.  I have my order in for multiple interviews!

 

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IDENTITY #57

Identity In Finances (Points of Freedom)

 

Description:  The impulse to buy is something most people struggle with, but few realize the bondage that accompanies these impulses.  The marketplace provides many opportunities to trap us into becoming undisciplined in our shopping habits.  We want, we see, and we buy.  Many times it can be as "candy coated" as the purchase of candy itself.  God wants us to have the discernment of the Holy Spirit in all of our purchases. 

 

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IDENTITY #58

Identity In Finances (7 Principles)

 

Description:  God has established financial principles for us that are not optional. These are requirements, if we want to live according to the Divine Word of Truth.  If we choose NOT to live by these simple principles, we will view money as a personal possession that can be obtained by our own resources.  The result is a self-reliant life.  This gains the attention of a God who cares enough to put us in our place.

 

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IDENTITY #59

Identity In Finances (Principles of Bondage)

 

Description:  It is easy to see if someone is in financial bondage.  One’s life becomes an outward view of an inward problem; a person radiates the reflections of a rebellious life.  These people, me included, are lukewarm at heart and filled with bitterness and resentment.  When we encounter a bitter person, in most cases, we are seeing a person who is in debt spiritually, relationally, and oftentimes, financially.  As a counselor, or discipler of people, I hunt for nine primary symptoms of bondage.

 

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IDENTITY #60

Identity In Finances (Money & Possessions)

 

Description:  Have you ever worked diligently to get out of debt, just to find yourself back in debt several years later?  I have - three times.  Debt mentality is a dangerous place to live.  God said that the natural mind cannot understand the things of God.  In fact, He goes on to say that the things of God are foolish to Him.  Any mind that is not reconciled unto God, either through Salvation and/or by way of walking after the Spirit, is a mind that is in debt.  The way that a man manages his finances is a direct reflection of his relationship with God – or lack of it.

 

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IDENTITY #61

Identity In Finances (Purpose of Money)

 

Description:  Financial bondage is an immediate consequence of NOT understanding the rhyme and reason for God’s purpose of money.  Contrary to most opinions, the purpose of money is not to provide security, build independence, or to create power and influence in the community.  God’s purposes are much more basic.

 

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IDENTITY #62

Identity In Finances (Purpose of Money: Part Two)

 

Description:  Throughout biblical history, God has used the lack of provisions (money) to guide and direct His people in His given pathway.  There are times He uses the abundance of provision, or the lack of it, to confirm His direction for our lives.  A classic example of this is the purchase of a car, but not having the funds saved to purchase it.  For godly stewards, we can safely see that until God provides the funding, it is not His will for us to buy the car.  For each of us who have fallen into the poor steward mentality: we see, we want, we pray, and we go into debt to get it.

 

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IDENTITY #63

Identity In Finances (Multigenerational Giving)

 

Description:  There is a plan of economy presented in the Bible that is not influenced by recessions, depressions, topless inflation, or the value of the global dollar. It is God’s financial plan and economy that is of utmost importance.  It involves the control and management of all of the affairs of mankind, including man’s choices on how to spend his money. God’s plan of spending has very little to do with the benefits here on earth, but rather building up “eternal weight of glory” in His heavenly bank account. In the end, God’s plan actually reconciles with all of earth’s treasures, resources, capacities, as well as, man’s role in stewarding each. This must include the eternal purpose in the mind of God, as He created all. In other words, money should reflect the face of God. If it doesn’t, the earth and all that is in it, including mankind, become out of balance.

 

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