Identity Crisis

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In this message we are going to learn: Who we are in the world, why we suffer from an identity crisis and who we are in Christ.

The world tells us that our identity is a sum of our education, our career, the size of our home, the value of our car and our status in the community. The world has defined us by relationships, material possessions and even celebrity status.

If any of these areas are challenged and we fail to live up to that preconceived theory then we begin to wonder who we are, why we are here and what we are really supposed to be doing. Then slowly doubt creeps in and we are positioned for an Identity Crisis.

The DEFENITION of An Identity Crisis is an internal conflict of and search for identity. Are you unsure of your role in life? Do you feel like you don’t know the ‘real you’? If you answer yes to the previous questions, you may be experiencing an identity crisis. Theorist Erik Erikson coined the term identity crisis and believed that it is one of the most important conflicts people face in development.

This conflict often appears as teenagers approach adulthood. There are times they want to be grown and do adult things with adult responsibilities. Then the next day they desire to be children and sheltered by their parents once again. This continues into adulthood, questioning career choices, vacillating continually. Relationships and destiny are often in flux as a person is separated from his/her true identity. The interesting thing is that what they are trying to identify in their lives is something that is free for the asking: a relationship with Jesus Christ.

James 1:8
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

When we minister to an unsaved person we wonder why the message of Good News and Eternal salvation is not received, in fact this message is sometimes hated. We wonder why anyone would refuse the Love of God. Sometimes we fail to take into consideration the identity that person has created about him or herself. They are convinced this identity is who they really are, until faced with the reality of eternal life: then the Identity crisis begins once again. The enemy fights the understanding of our identity. He wants us to retain the identity that the world has set for us. Now we are going to investigate the difference between the identity that World has assigned to us and the identity that we discover as Children of the King.

This confusion builds and builds until we have no idea who we are. We feel empty and unfulfilled. The hole in our heart gets larger and larger and our only defense is to build a wall around ourselves that closes out others and the message of the Gospel. There are times that we desperately, desperately try to hang on to the identity that the enemy and the world has forced upon us since birth. When we are introduced to the Gospel it challenges our understanding of who we are. The Gospel allows us to “remember” who we truly are.

John 15:19
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Until we identify the fact that we are not of the world, and we have been living under a false sense of identity, we suffer confusion and identity crises. We see that the strife of trying to live in both worlds causes us confusion. Our identity is challenged.

James 3:16
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

But then we see that confusion is not from God.

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Clarity begins to surface as we begin to see that being a duel citizen is not the way of Kingdom. We can’t live partially in the world and partially in the Kingdom, when we try to do this, the stress and strife accelerates to the point that we must make a decision. God calls us to be part of His Kingdom.

Exodus 19:6
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

The earthly kingdom in which we live will pass away, but the Kingdom of God is eternal.

Revelation 11:15
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

You see even if we choose, we cannot be duel citizens because the kingdoms are not equal. One is temporary and one is eternal. At the time of the Eternal Kingdom all other kingdoms are gone.
Revelation 11:15
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Then the moment arrives, we choose the Gospel, we choose the Jesus and we are adopted into the Kingdom of God.

Romans 8:15
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

After this adoption we find out who we are in the Kingdom and who we are in Christ.
Romans 8 1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
We are forgiven of our past sins, we are forgiven for our desires that we developed in the world. We are forgiven for our former identity.
2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Our identity crisis is now over, we no longer wonder who we are, why we are here or whose we are.
5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Living is the world is living in the flesh and part of the duel citizenship. But as Kingdom citizens with a new identity we leave our fleshly desires behind.
9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
So we can rest assure that since we are not of this world, but just visitors and we have been adopted by the Spirit into family of God and we are now joint-heirs and the Spirit confirms that we are citizens of the Kingdom and the children of God. Our identity is now confirmed and we no longer face an IDENTITY CRISIS.
Father we thank you for this time in your word. You have shown us our true Identity in Christ, the hope of Glory. We pray for revelation knowledge to sweep thru you children NOW in the name of Jesus. We ask you to restore our lands, our families and our health. We will take this new revelation of who we are in Christ and we will share it with others who are hurting and need of A Savior. Father we thank for sending your son Jesus to save and heal us. In the name of Jesus
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