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If you had to pick 4 things that defined your identity what would they be?
You could choose characteristics that you have like being kind or honest.
You could choose things you have achieved in sport or music, or exams or career.
You could choose relationships – your family, friends, partner or kids.
You could choose your flaws that you can’t get over – you think you are ugly, fat, stupid, unlovable.
You could choose any of those, but actually none of them define your IDENTITY. You could lose any of them and still be YOU.
God says there are 4 things that define us… 4 things that are at the core of our being, at the centre of our identity.
1. Created in God’s image
People are awesome, created individually by God, precious and special to him, diverse in so many ways, yet each of us embedded with the image of God.
2. Fallen in Adam
Each of us since the very beginning, right from Adam, have told our wonderful Creator to get lost. Though he loves us, cares for us and owns us, we tell him that we will live our life OUR way. That breaks our friendship with God.
3. Redeemed in Christ
But yet it is possible to be one of God’s people – not by anything we do – but by what Jesus has done. He offers to ‘redeem’ us – to buy us back at a price – and that price… was the Cross.
4. Sealed with the Spirit
If we trust in Jesus, God gives us his Spirit, to turn our back on sin and live God everyday. God’s Spirit changes us from the inside out, one day at a time.
If we are one of God’s people, our identity is not defined by our gifts or circumstances… but by WHO we are – People created in God’s image, fallen in Adam, redeemed in Christ and sealed by the Spirit.
So many of the people we care about will struggle with emotional difficulties as we face life’s pressures together.
Mark and Sarah are Christians who are trained counsellors. They are passionate about equipping people to face those pressures with understanding and wisdom. They have very kindly offered their professional expertise for free on 5th July in Carrickmacross.
Everyone is welcome, no need to book in advance, just turn up on the night. If you have any questions, just ring Pastor Colin Creighton – 0864113041.
Whether you can make it or not, please fill out the survey below on “How we care for people facing life’s pressure”
In 1992, a cargo ship left Hongkong destined for the US. En route a container full of 29,000 rubber bath toys (lots of yellow ducks!) spilled into the Pacific Ocean. Two-thirds of them happily went south, while 10,000 of them got caught in the Subpolar Gyre. The water current (red on the map) took the ducks in a circle around the ocean.
Here are two lesson we can learn from these little ducks.
1. They were Helpless
They where trapped in this current, it took approximately 3 years for the ducks to complete their first loop in the current. The water carried them along, hedged them in, allowing them no chance for escape.
2. They were not Hopeless
Despite being caught in this current, by 1996, ducks started to appear in Tacoma on the west coast of the US, then by 2000, ducks were appearing in the East side of the US, by 2007 this ducks arrived on the shores of the UK. They were bleached in colour, encrusted with barnacles, decomposition had set in… but they were FREE!
They found freedom where there was none.
How did they break out of the Subpolar Gyre?? THEY didn’t. They needed help. Some of the ducks that washed ashore had teeth marks on them… Large fish had seen the army of ducks and attacked them, eventually spitting them out in disappointment… but they were spat to freedom! Ships would cut across the water current and bring ducks along in their slip stream. Wild storms would hammer the ducks out on the ocean and knock them out of the current.
The ducks were helpless by themselves, but not hopeless. With help from the outside, they could be free form the current.
The bible says our heart is very much like that. It is a prisoner to itself, it does not want to know the God that created it. It closes its eyes and stops it ears so that we never return to our God.
By ourselves we are helpless. But we are not hopeless. God is gracious and kind and loving. Like a storm he breaks into our lives to give us freedom… freedom to come back to him, freedom that we could never make for ourselves.
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Whereabouts are you on that journey?
Have you any advice for people who are in the early stages of their journey?
Here are 4 bits of advice that Peter gives us:
The humility to accept the things that we cannot control. God is powerful, he is at work, sometimes he sends good times our way, sometimes we live through the hard times. We need to humility to trust him and trust his plan.
Whenever we are anxious or scared, worried or stressed… whatever part of the journey lies ahead – take it to God in prayer. He cares, he listens…
We are involved in a spiritual war – God is real and the devil is just as real. Let’s keep our head, keep perspective – this is a spiritual journey we are on.
However hard the journey – keep trusting God’s promises. The journey doesn’t end at death – it’s just getting started. For those who trust in Jesus, sin is forgiven, eternity with God is ahead… keep the faith.
Peter’s advice to us is to remember that the road may be hard, but there is glory at the end of the journey. God’s walks with us on the road, stay humble, stay prayerful, be alert and keep the faith.
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