Identity is one of the areas God often puts a finger on during our wilderness seasons. We may suddenly find ourselves stripped of our identities or taking on an identity in an unhealthy way. Often wilderness seasons lead us back to the question: ‘who am I actually?’ and hopefully then onto finding out who God says we are: His masterpieces. Before Jesus starts ministry His identity is declared: This is my son, who I love, with whom I am well pleased. He is then driven into the desert to face temptation. If He had forgotten who He was, He would not have been able to face those temptations. This week Jo and Steph share about how the enemy has attacked them in the area of identity and how they have practically taken a stand against those attacks.
1) Who are you really in God? Take a moment to discuss or write a list of what God says about you as a child of God and the gifts and callings God has spoken over you. Where is the enemy trying to get you to deny your true identity?
2) We can be tempted to try and earn God’s love, thinking that we can only be His children if we are perfect. Where have you been tempted to earn your identity as God’s masterpiece and His love?
3) Read Psalm 139: v1-18 & v23-24 out loud . Do you feel you are too much or not enough? Why? What does God say about you? Where do those feelings hold you back?
4) Jo mentioned reading Psalm 139 over herself in the mirror during times when her identity was attacked. How can you practically embrace God’s truth about your identity? (Have a verse written in a prominent place, paint or write out your identity, memorize scriptures…)
Myers-Briggs Personality Test: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes1.htm
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