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John 10:10a NLT
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.
1 Peter 5:8 NIV
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Romans 12:3b NIV
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.
2 Samuel 4:4 NLT
Saul’s son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth, who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when the report came from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle. When the child’s nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, she dropped him, and he became crippled.
John 10:10 NIV
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
- Have you ever experienced identity theft or has anyone you know experienced it? How did it make you/them feel?
- If you could take on an identity of anyone else, whom would it be? Why?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
- Read 1 Peter 5:8. What can you do (or are you doing) to be more alert and of sober mind, so Satan is not given the opportunity to “devour” you?
- Read Romans 12:3b. Clay used the examples of Ric Flair and Eeyore. Regarding thoughts about yourself, whom would you say you’re quicker to be like? How can you balance your thoughts between the two?
- Read 2 Samuel 4:4. Mephibosheth had a physical handicap in his life: he couldn’t walk. What handicaps (emotional, physical, spiritual) in your own life have you allowed to define you?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
- Share of a time at work or in a relationship when you were put down due to a lack of skill or knowledge. How did this make you feel? Were you able to push through this? How?
- The words in John 10:10b, are words straight from Jesus’ mouth. He said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” What is holding you back from living life to the fullest? What can you change in order to live the way Jesus intended you to live?
- Whether you are teenaged, middle-aged, or retired, God still has a purpose for your life. You are not too young or old to be used by God. Share a time where you thought God couldn’t use you, but He did. How did this change your perspective on your own identity? If you still feel like God can’t use you, why do you think that is true? What would it take to change your mind?
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
- Read these scriptures about our identity in Christ. Do it every day for a week.
- John 1:12 – I am God’s child
- Colossians 1:14 – I have been redeemed and forgiven
- 1 Corinthians 12:27 – I am a member of Christ’s body
- Colossians 2:10 – I am complete in Christ
- 1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20 – I am bought with a price; I belong to God
- Romans 5:1 – I have been justified
- Ephesians 1:5 – I have been adopted as God’s child
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
- Jesus, thank You that our true identity is in You. Help me to see myself how you see me. Empower me to live with purpose and to live life to the fullest the way that You speak about. Amen.
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