This past Sunday our Lead Pastor Dwight Mason shared a great message about our identity as believers and followers of Jesus Christ. We are Also Known As Saints – You can watch the full message here – NewPointe Community Church
When you confess with your mouth that Jesus in Lord and you believe in him and put your trust in him you are changed, and become new person spiritually. At that point God sees you as a Saint. In part of that message Dwight shared some very helpful info on the fruit of the Spirit. As we mature into our identity these things should become more evident in our lives.
Be filled by the Spirit:
Definition – To serve a person for their good and intrinsic value, not for what the person brings you.
Opposite – Fear: self-protection and abusing people.
Counterfeit – Selfish affection. Rescuing someone but really rescuing self. Attracted not to a person, but to how this person’s love makes you feel about yourself.
Definition – Delight in God and his salvation
Opposite – Hopelessness, despair.
Counterfeit – Happiness that come because of the gift, not the giver. Mood swings based on circumstances.
Definition – Confidence and rest in the wisdom and sovereignty of God more than your own.
Opposite – Anxiety and worry
Counterfeit – Indifference, apathy, not caring about something. “I don’t care.”
Definition – Ability to take trouble (from others or life) without blowing up. To suffer joyfully.
Opposite – Resentment toward God and others.
Counterfeit – Cynicism. Self-righteousness. “This is too small to be bothered about.”
Definition – Practical kindness with vulnerability out of deep inner security.
Opposite – Envy. Unable to rejoice other’s joy.
Counterfeit – Manipulative good deeds. “Right hand knowing what left hand is doing.” Self-congratulation and self-righteousness
– Goodness. (Integrity)
Definition – Honesty, transparency. Being the same in one situation as another.
Opposite – Phoniness; hypocrisy.
Counterfeit – Truth without love. “Getting it off the chest” for your sake.
Definition – Loyalty. Courage. To be principle-driven, committed, utterly reliable. True to one’s word.
Opposite – Opportunist. Fair-weather friend.
Counterfeit – Love without truth. Being loyal when you should be willing to confront or challenge.
– gentleness. (humility)
Definition – Self-forgetfulness.
Opposite – Superiority: self-absorbed
Counterfeit – Inferiority: self-absorbed, self-consciousness.
Definition – Ability to choose the important thing over the urgent.
Opposite – A driven, impulsive, uncontrolled person.
Counterfeit – Willpower through pride
What is God’s will for my life? That’s a question that a lot of people ask including me. We can question every decision we make and wonder if this is God’s will for my life or not. Yet as I look at God’s Word this is what I found for God’s will:
God’s will is that we believe in Jesus Christ and then He will live in us and work through us. God is not going to make decisions for us, but he is with us through all the decisions we make, both good and bad. God is doing the work inside of us, we just need to focus on Jesus Christ, loving him and other people.