There is a war raging right now.
This is not a war over land or oil or religion or human enemies. This is a war over your soul.
Who are the key players? Well, strangely enough, not you. Sure, the fight is over you, but this is a battle that was raging long before you were born, and it will continue long after you're gone. This battle is not only over your soul, but over the soul of every single person who has ever or will ever lived. So the key players are those who started this war
God and Satan
In our search for identity, we cannot forget that we are not the key players, we are object being acted upon.
Ephesians 2:1-10 gives us the basis for understanding our identity.
We cannot know who we are unless we know the one who Created Us.
Satan's desire is to confuse us, to confound us, to make us find our identity in anything but where God wants us to find it. Satan knows that the best way to hurt God is to hurt those He loves. That is why Satan attacks us. The easiest way to thwart people from finding their identity in God is to tell them that they are without purpose--that they get to decide their own purpose.
You must know that you were created with a Purpose.
Ephesians 2:10 establishes for us what God's purpose. God created us to do "good works"
Please don't hear me saying that God loves us because of our good works, or that we are saved by our works.
Paul says explicitly: "by grace you have been saved through faith...not a result of works, that no man may boast."
Our purpose is "good works." So what does that mean?
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The "good works" we were created for look like the Fruit of the Spirit! In Galatians 5:22-23 Paul lists out "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" as the natural expression of those who believe in Christ, those who have the Spirit. Now, these fruits look like works, but they are actually the working of the Holy Spirit in us. If you are a Christians, a growing Christian, these things will naturally, essentially define your life. You will not have to make yourself bear fruit. An apple tree doesn't try to bear apples. An orange tree doesn't have to work to bear oranges. A Christian doesn't have to make themselves have these fruits--they come naturally to those with the Spirit.
What a Christian must do is obey the commands of God; specifically, The Great Commandments and the Great Commission. It is in obedience to these things that the Fruit of the Spirit naturally come to bear. Here's how it works:
Good Works = Fruit of the Spirit = Obedience to God (love God, love others, make disciples)
This is where we start. You have a purpose. Satan doesn't want you to know that, and he certainly doesn't want you to know what your purpose is.
So now that we know this, God created us with a purpose, now we can as the question "who am I?"
We cannot know who we are unless we are IN CHRIST, but this will have to wait until next week.
If you want, tell me below how knowing that God created you with a purpose affects your outlook on life