Monday, September 28, 2015

LIVE OUT YOUR IDENTITY

Title: Live Out Your Identity
By: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

Many Christians live the Christian journey without experiencing the fullness of God’s blessing found in Jesus Christ. Why do many Christians live their lives lacking? Trying? Struggling? Doubting? Murmuring? Losing?

Maybe our minds are not aligned with out new hearts. We have a new heart, but we think just like how we used to think before we came to know Christ. It won’t work. There has to be an alignment of the heart and mind.

The true satisfaction in life and all its fullness are only found in Jesus! Jesus is the biggest blessing. Jesus is enough. Jesus is everything.

How do we live out our identity in Christ?

Wake up Son-Conscious, not slave- Conscious!

In Christ we are no longer orphans, we are no longer slaves. In Christ we became children of God. There has to be a conscious effort of setting our minds to this truth.

If we don’t understand that God is our Father, we will always live like orphans. The result is looking for love in the wrong places. We go from church to church, from one lifegroup to another, and from one relationship to another.

Renewing our minds is about thinking about God’s thoughts towards us! That is going back to our true identity again. We are God’s children, He loves us unconditionally. If we know this truth, we will never be afraid again. More so, if we understand this, it will lead us to intimacy.

Intimacy is knowing that we are known.

Speak Life!

The tongue has the power of life and death. And those who love it will eat its fruit. The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

Live thankful!

God did not create you for you – He created you for Him! You are not the center, He is! It’s not about you, it’s about HIM!

God is asking you to give up something you were not made to be. You were not created to be selfish, arrogant, proud, envious, and covetous…


If you find out who you really are in Christ, you’ll be thankful for the life God has given you. Life is a gift. Grace is a gift. Love is a gift. When you understand that all you have is a gift, you’ll be thankful!
Sunday, September 13, 2015

IDENTITY IN CRISIS, IDENTITY IN CHRIST

Title: Identity in Crisis, Identity in Christ
By: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

Ephesians 3:18-19, “18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep his love. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Your identity is connected to your destiny. As a matter of fact, your identity in Christ is the core if everything. Knowing our true identity encourages us to live in the truth – and that is called true freedom.

There are two things that establish our identity – one is the Breath of Life that comes from God and His unconditional love for us! Without the breath of life, we are dead. Similarly, without the unconditional love of God, are of no value.

Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”

God’s love is unconditional, unending and eternal. And yes, God, Himself, is love. He is consistent. He is not fickle minded. He is never moody and He’s not unpredictable. God’s love always sets us free from performance mindset.

LOVE IS A CHOICE. Part of the nature of love is a choice. If there is no choice, there is no love. God’s love towards us is a choice. And part of the expression of His love for us is His gift of freedom to choose. Without this gift, we are not humans, we are just robots.

However, humans use this will to keep from doing evil and choose to do good, believing this is the way of life. It simply doesn’t work. Our good is never enough. God did not give us the gift of choice to choose between two branches – the good or the evil. More precisely, He has given us the gift of choice between two trees – the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Furthermore, God gave us our will to choose to surrender. To surrender means to cease to act. Giving all to Him. Trusting Him in everything. Letting God take full control.


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

IDENTITY IN CHRIST

By: Pastor Anthony D. Martinez

Genesis 2:7, KJV, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Now that we know that our identity is in Christ, we take a deeper look about who are really are. To understand our identity further, we need to go back to the Source and understand “Who” do we come from.

We were created out of love. And God breathed life into us, lavishing each one of us with His unfailing love. Death is not just merely a physical phenomenon – it is so much more than that! Death is the disconnection of man from the Source of Life.

Death happened when man chose the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil over the Tree of Life. Ever since, man has operating on knowledge, probing ways on how to find the way back to the Source of Life – but they totally lost it!

“I am the way, the truth, and the life” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father”. – John 14:6, NIV

There goes our Answer – JESUS. Not any form of good work and good behaviour could match this massive offer of Jesus – His Life!

We find our identity in Christ. He is the Source. To go back to our true identity means to go back to Jesus. Nothing more, nothing less.



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