Identity - Discovery Channel #5
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Throughout this year we have purposefully lined out messages to get us to this day.
Home: Home is where the Presence of the Father is, Sonship (Chair 1), the Door.
Abide: Becoming well acquainted with the Culture of Heaven, Trusting Him moving forward.
The Quest: Pursuit of His Glory - an encounter with Him today that will transform our tomorrow’s. The end result being Isaiah 61:4b “they shall repair (redeem, make new) the ruined cities, and (redeem, make new) the devastations of many generations. The outcome is “We Look like Him!”
Exodus 34:29-35 “…. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.”
Mirror Mirror on the wall - You do not define me at all.
If “Mirror Mirror on the wall - You do not define me at all” is true, than what does determine your identity?
The discovery channel exists to give inspiring documentaries of things in the earth, whether it be science, history or reality, to give you greater inside and knowledge of things you do not know about.
It has been said “You are who you are today because of the sum total of decisions you have made up to this point in your life.” But is that true?
If that statement is true then it is the superficial, outward appearing, circumstantial things about us that give us our Identity. By the looks of society today we have believed this lie.
Many of us are where we are today because we believe the lie “You are who you are today because of the sum total of decisions you have made up to this point in your life.”
If our Identity does not go deeper than the sum total of decisions we have made in our life up to this point then we need to dump this thing called “Christianity” all together because He is not God.
I believe our God, My Daddy, is bigger than the sum total of my decisions. Since he is bigger my Identity does not rest in my decisions but in his “all things are possible” ability.
Burger King Doe Story:
On August 31, 2004 at 5:00 am, a Burger King employee found him unconscious, sun-burnt, and naked behind a dumpster of the restaurant. He had three depressions in his skull that appeared to have been caused by blunt force trauma and he also had red ant bites on his body. After discovering him, employees called 911, and EMS took him to St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital in Savannah. He had no identity document and was recorded in hospital records as "Burger King Doe”.
All efforts we used to find his Identity with no results. (Finger Prints, Birth Records, Criminal Records, DNA Samples, Dr Phil, FBI, Senators)
Then Cece Moore and Genetic Genealogists take up the case.
DNA Detectives Tools Used to identify Benjamin Kyle aka:“BURGER KING DOE”
Comparing DNA -
This is where particular strands of DNA are compared. By doing this they can locate ones ancestry, regions on the earth, even specific places in nations where individuals are from.
We need to look at what makes us up, not just the sum total of decisions we have made.
Proverbs 20:5 “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” (NIV)
My calling is to do DNA Tests on believers. Not to see the sum total of your decisions but to see your Purpose or DNA.
The purpose of God’s DNA test is not to see where you are from but to get you to your “Region and Specific Place on the earth to develop a new ancestry.”
Genetic Genealogy -
Genetic genealogy is the use of DNA testing in combination with traditional genealogical and historical records. Genetic genealogy involves the use of genealogical DNA testing together with documentary evidence to infer the relationship between individuals.
Burger King Doe did not know much information. He knew his birthday was the same as Micheal Jackson’s, he was born in Indiana and had a feeling he had three sibling brothers.
For you to discover you… You don't need to know much.
There was a day I had a New Birth.
I was then seated with Christ in a new place.
I know I am not alone in this life, I an surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.
Core Values - Religion? Beliefs?
Burger King Doe was able to verify and narrow down who he is by asking simple questions about his beliefs. Look at the different Values in the different regions of the United States.
Your Core Values define who you are deep within. These are crucial to leading you to your Identity. Just to clarify we are talking about Core Inherent Values not Apologetic Disciplines.
Core Inherent Values - Values you naturally possess. Mercy, Compassion, Enthusiasm, Joy etc…
Apologetic Disciplines - Educated reasons of why you believe what you believe.
Your Core Values Identify what Kingdom you operate in the most.
Forgiveness vs. Unforgiveness
Joyful vs. Bitter
Believing vs. Pessimistic.
Jesus’ “Core Values” were so evident that even when he wasn’t planning on doing a miracle his Core Value “Love” caused a miracle in a woman life who had been tormented for years.
Discover the the Real “You”
By using these four steps scientifically Burger King Doe found His Identity. By using these four steps spiritually you begin to realize you are “MORE THAN” the sum total of decisions.
There is a real you that begins to awaken. It shakes off mere existence to experience a Life You are Destined to live.
Destiny - What are you aspiring to be.
When Comparing DNA, Genetic Genealogy and Core Values, which is the real you, begin to be discovered your Identity begins to appear.
This is the “Real You,” the Reconciled —Practicing Perfect -Jesus —Ideal You!
You Destiny is found in your Identity.
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