Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Mar 07, 2020

Lights, Camera, Action: Fraud or Found #2

 Opening Scripture: John 7:1-10

 

As we get into the Word of God today can we celebrate the GroupLife Leaders for all they do.

 

This is a series called Lights, Camera, Action. We want you to get past performing and pursue Christ.

In pursuing Christ you’ll find yourself. Being found in Him (Phil 3:9) moves you from Acting to Identity.

 

Action: Read Ephesians all month. It is only 6 Chapters. Read 1 Chapter a day.

Revelation 2:4-5

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.

 

Many of us have taken on the role of acting and life is Lights, Camera, Action because we live in the fear of “Fraud or Found Out.” We have taken on a character role of who we aren’t so people do not find out who we are. 

When we do not know who we are, or when people do not believe in us, it puts a fear in us. Instead of coming to Jesus to overcome and gain freedom, we overcompensate and feel like a fraud.

When this happens, we find ourselves living in this matrix of preforming and being a Fraud or being Found Out for the failure I really am.

 

There is an account where Jesus was being pressured by his family to prove that he wasn’t a fraud. Their pressure for Him to “prove” stemmed from their insecurity not his ability.

When people pressure for you to prove, it often stems from their insecurities not our abilities.

 

John 7:1-10

1After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.”For not even his brothers believed in him. Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.

 

Culture demands that we live up to an expectation where we feel like we have to “prove” our self. If we don’t, we are a fraud and we will be found out for who we really are.

We feel the Expectation to Prove:

  • I am a good Dad or Mom, when every parent just hopes their kids survive.
  • The pressure to be married at a certain age to prove we are normal.
  • As teenager it was the expectation to fit in, now we look back at our year books and laugh because what was “In” then was really “Out” all along.

But when you are living in the moment, the “expectation to prove” drives us to fraud instead of freedom.

Because Jesus’ brothers had lived with him, they felt they had the right to put a “Prove” expectation on him.

Be careful, because those who are with you can put fraudulent expectations on you. And just because they have been with you doesn’t mean they believe in you.

 

Anyone who doesn’t believe in you will put expectations of performance on you. 

So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing.For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him. 

Anyone who doesn’t believe in you will put expectations of performance on you. 

When we do not know who we are we will live in fear of who we aren’t. This gives birth to Fraud Fear.      

Fraud Fear - It is the fear that we cannot deliver on the expectation demands of what people expect so we overcompensate to prove our worth by becoming someone we are not.

  • It is the fear, that if I don’t perform well it will expose the failure that I feel I already am.
  • It is the fear, that even when people complement us, we twist it and feel it becomes a higher expectation.
  • It is the fear, that we will be found out for who we really are and lose the perception that people already have.
  • It is the fear, that keeps us spending money on things that don’t even matter to be someone we are not.
  • It is the fear, that keeps us preforming to impress and never have an identity.
  • It is the fear, of being the person in the room that must perform because there is a conflict between how you perceive me and the person I am.

 

When we do not know who we are we will live in fear of who we aren’t. Jesus gives us the true Fraud Alert for our heart. It is the true test of if we know who we are.
John 7:10 “But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.”

Are you willing to go alone?

Jesus’ answer was “I’ll go alone privately, because I am not obligated by your expectation to perform publicly.”

 

When I can say “I am not going along but I am willing to go alone, Jesus will close the curtain on performance, and you will enter into relationship. Only then does Fraud become Found.

 

This is the transformational power of the cross and what the blood of Jesus does for us.

Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

The fear of being found out is erased and replaced with the freedom that comes with being found.

 

 

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