IdentityTheft: Who Do You Think You Are?
Dr. Bennett: Amen. Good morning, everybody. Glad to see you. If you are joining us for the first time, we have just started a new series called Identity Theft. And if you are wanting to get up on that series, you can go on to the website. Or you can ask Jennifer for a DVD. She will burn you on. And you could you have it and take it home and watch it. I would really encourage you if you're new and you enjoy today to go back and listen to that first one because I think it's important to understand what's going on.
That being said, I want to ask you a question this morning. And it's a question you probably don't ask yourself on a regular basis. And it's a question that may catch you a little by surprise this morning. And it may make you actually think a little bit in terms of the answer when I ask you this question. And it will also probably remind you a few things growing up. But I want to ask you a question this morning. Who do you think you are? Some of you may go, "Wow, I haven't thought about that in a long time." Some of you may be like me, and you remember your mom when you were not doing what you should be doing when you were a kid. Anybody ever do that? Anybody ever sinner as a kid? I know I was. And my mom would look at me, "Who do you think you are?" anticipating that whatever I was doing, my pay grade wasn't high enough to be able to do whatever I was doing. So she would ask me that.
But a lot of times when we stop for a moment, and we don't often, we're the ones who talk to ourselves more than anybody. But in our heads, we have all these competing voices that are going on, swirling around. And so when I ask the question "Who do you think you are?" it's natural for us to do a few things. One would be to start comparing ourselves to other people. One would be to be to start looking around and saying, "Well, I don't do this," or, "I do that." Or "I'm not like this," or "I don't act like that." Might be one way.
But typically, there's about three ways that a human mind answers these questions intuitively. The first one would be with culture. We look around. We're Americans. And as you know, one of the things that many people say, especially our politicians, and it's something that we think we maybe have this inherent right towards this thing called the American dream. And so we start to define ourselves when we say, "Well, who do you think you are?" You start to define yourself by culture. You start going, "Well, I've got a house. And I've got a car." Or you go, "I don't have a house. And I'm living with parents." Or I'm bankrupt, or I didn't get to this. Or I live in Lakewood Ranch, and I see the nice houses. And I've got one of them. Or I don't have one of them. Or maybe you started finding it in other ways. And I give you an example of how culture is very important to people. And it's not just us. Sometimes, we think we're the only ones that love our culture and are patriotic and all those things.
If you go back with me in history to the First World War, the German people were defeated in the First World War. And if you know anything about the German people, they are flat out industrious people who absolutely build quality stuff. Some of the greatest things that are built are built by German people. It's the reason why the Porsche sports car has won all those races. There's a reason why people love to have Montblanc pen, because Germans build stuff, and they're really precise about what they do. Well, they lost World War I. Well, they didn't like that. And so this guy that I don't even have to name said, "Hey, we're a prideful people. Our culture is better than this. We're better than people. We're better than this." And they rallied around that and found a lot of their identity through their culture.
Now, we know where that went. But the fact of the matter is we're equally guilty at times of being so pro-cultural things that we get our definition of who we are from culture. And you can see it in people all the time. They're trying to get this next thing. They're trying to do this other thing. You see it on Facebook. So many of you all . . . And I am just being honest with you, ladies. I love you and everything. But when you get a new haircut, you put it on Facebook, right? Look at the new do. Honestly, I mean if you all do . . . You see people, they get a new pair of jeans, or they get a new car. Seriously, when you get a new car, and some of you all get new cars here, and you pull up in the front. And you let everybody know that you got a new car. It makes you feel good, doesn't it?
You buy a new house, you have people come over because we define ourselves very often. We ask the question, who do you think you are? You go, "Well, I drive this car, and I got this, and I got that." And then the problem is if you don't have this and you don't have that, you don't feel like you're doing that much. And so culture is swirling when we ask that question.
Next thing we do . . . And then all of these are blenders together. Next thing is family. Your family starts telling you . . . Anybody ever have a family ever tell you how to live? Some of you all have that, right? Okay, good. Well, we do. Our family members tells us what we should do, who we should marry, what we should look like, how we should act. Mindy, her grandparents are Cuban immigrants. They actually fled Cuba when Castro took control. They had thousands of acres. They were a cigar family. And they were worth millions. And they took wheelbarrows of money and threw it in the fireplace to burn it before they got on a boat with some priests and nuns and showed up on the shores of Miami with nothing. And so they have a culture. Anybody who knows me knows I'm not Cuban. You can tell by my skin color. I'm just not Cuban. I have two colors on the sun. It's white and burnt, and that's it. But they have family traditions. Everyone of our kids, every single one of our kids . . . Olga, which is Mindy's grandmother, gets some of this little gold bracelet with their name on it. That's like a Cuban thing. They do that.
Of course, I'm like Mr. Conservative, and I'm like going, "Do you really want to have a baby with like a Mr. T bracelet on? Couldn't that fall off in the crib, and they start choking on it?" I'm thinking like long . . . "No. You got to have the gold thing." And they like to shave their head. I don't know why they like to do that. Maybe some of you all here are Cuban and understand that. But when a baby comes out and got some hair, they like to shave the hair. I'm like, "Don't shave the hair. We're not pulling a Delilah on my Samson. This is not what we're doing here." But they have these things.
And so family becomes important. And you start to define yourself by family. Some of you all . . . And this will be something that you immediately understand, because there's scars. Some of your moms and dads told you that you couldn't do something. Some of your mom and dads told you that you weren't worth anything. Some of your family members had said things to you that have hurt you, and you carry those with you. And we learned as a kid that sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. That's the biggest lie you ever hear as a kid. Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can kill you. Words are damaging. And so we have culture that's answering these questions circulating around our head. When I say, "Who do you think you are? You immediately start going, "Well, I'm this," or "I do this job," or "I do this as a profession." Or "I'm married to this person," or "I live in this house," or "I got a family," or friends.
Friends will tell you who you should be around, how you should act, way you should dress, and all of that. And so the question is . . . And we have to ask yourself this. When I ask the question, who do you think you are? you're going to have answers. And many of those answers are going to come in some various forms of comparison, culture, family, friends, and all that. So I would ask you this morning. And you take an inventory. Some of you all haven't done this in a long time. And it's important that you do it. What words would you use to describe yourself? What would you do? Would you say, "I'm smart. I'm talented. I'm gifted. I'm ugly. I'm overweight. I had a bad deck of cards dealt to me in my life. I wish my mom and dad wouldn't have split. I wish I wouldn't have bankrupted. I wish I wouldn't have done this in my life. I wish I wouldn't got this divorce. I wish I would have never partnered up with this person in business." What words would you use to describe yourself? Because I'm asking you the question this morning, who do you think you are? And all of us are going to answer that usually by nature with some default blender of culture, comparisons, families, friends, and maybe other things.
What I would like to do this morning though is I'd like to challenge you a little bit. I'd like to challenge you on a deeper level that all of those things that we used in many ways to answer that question actually rob us of our identity, actually rob us of who we are. We know about identity theft. We know that when somebody steals our personal information and uses it for personal gain, we know about that. But one of the things we don't think about often as people, and especially as Christians, is, what does God say about me? Who does God say I am?
I've got these ideas when you ask the question, Chip, of, who am I? immediately, I started thinking about certain things. But, yeah, you know what? I do talk to myself a lot. I do read books. I do try to become better. I try to do these things. But, yeah, you're right for a minute. I really don't know. What does God say about me? I've got all these competing voices. What does He say?
Well, let's take a moment and look at a psalm. And I'm not going to go through the whole psalm. I don't have time. I would love to do an exegesis of the psalm. I can only pick a couple of passages out for a time. But I want you to listen to what David writes in Psalm 1:39. And let this penetrate you this morning as we ask the question, who do you think you are? Let's look at what David says. He says, "You formed my inward parts. You knitted me together in my mother's womb." Let's stop for a minute and just take a moment and look at this passage. He says, "You formed my inward parts," not a random occurrence.
Some of you may say, "I don't know why my mom and dad ever had me. They never had any love. They got divorced early on." Maybe some of you were born in an illegitimate type situation. Maybe some of you were adopted. Maybe some of you went through, and you go through life going, "How did I end up here? Why did I end up here? How come life is like that?" Maybe you watch the History Channel or National Geographic, and they tell you that we're on this big rock that's hurling through space. And there's no rhyme or reason. And we're all just a bunch of random genetic stuff.
David would say something different to you. He would say, "You formed my inward parts." It means that if you're here today and you're breathing, you're here because God wanted you to be here. You're here because you are special and unique. And you may go, "Wow, never really thought about that in my life. I'm defining myself by all these things. Wow, that's hitting home. Man, I want to feel like I'm worth something. I want to feel like I have some dignity and value. I want somebody to come and hug me. I want somebody to tell me that they love me. But I've had this life, and I've never been able to put it together, and I've never been able to. . ."
Because what's happened is you've have an identity theft. You have defined your identity through something else other than what your heavenly Father says about you. David says, "You formed." You created. You put together my inward parts.
Now, I do some adjunct professor stuff for some colleges and seminaries. And normally, I don't try to get technical in original languages. And this is probably a good translation for you and me. But does anybody have a King James Bible? No King James. The King James actually says you form my reins, R-E-I-N-S, which is actually a French word, which is actually a good translation. The literal Hebrew is you created my kidneys. Now, so if we put in the Bible translation "You created my kidneys," we'd be like, "What? Hold on. What do we mean here?" Well, that's really important to understand what David is saying, because we miss this in translation.
In the ancient Near East, which this was written to. Remember, the Bible was not written to you. It was written for you. But it was not written to you. The kidneys were part of a sacrificial system when they would skin and do this sacrifices of these animals. The kidneys were in the back part, and they were hidden. And in the ancient Near East, they thought the kidneys were where the emotions came from. All the emotions were located in the kidneys.
Now, you and I know today, we go on WebMD, or we go on Amazon, or we go on Google, and we can figure out the kidneys are not where emotions come from. But this is a different time and different place. They didn't have computers. They didn't have books. They didn't have this stuff. They thought kidneys is where the emotions were at.
And this is really important to understand when you read Psalm 1:39, because David is all over the board. He's ready to flee to heaven. He's ready to run to hell. He's ready to kill the wicked. He's all over the place. He is an emotional hot mess. That's what he is.
And honestly, if you want to be honest this morning, all of us to some degree are emotional hot messes. We pull out one day on the road. Somebody pulls out in front of us. And we have that moment where we go, "You know what? I'm going to be a Christian." And we wave, and we actually, as we're driving down the road, we go, "Lord, I pray for that person, and I love them." And then three minutes later, somebody pulls out in front of us. And we're banging on our horn, and we're yelling gesturing. And my wife's on the seat next to me going, "Chip, you're a pastor. And that might be one of your people. And why are you doing this? Why are you acting like this?" And the kids were in the back, "Daddy, don't you preach like three times on the weekend? Do you think Jesus would be banging on the horn?" No, kids. I'm an emotional mess. God formed my kidneys. They're like, "What?"
But the deal is what David is saying here is this. He's saying "God has formed me." I am a special and unique being. But I don't really know a lot of times why I do the things I do. God's created in a certain way. And I'm emotional. And sometimes, I'm going this way. And sometimes, I'm going that way." Sometimes I'm doing this, because god is the one . . . He's not the potter, like he is in a lot of times in the Old Testament, where he takes the clay, and he forms it. He's the divine weaver in Psalm 1:39. And he says, "You've knitted me together in my mother's womb."
I want you to think about this for a minute. This is what the Bible says about you and me. It says that we are a special and unique creation that God has made. And He's the only one that really knows everything about us because He's the one who's created us. And he created us emotional. And we're all over the board. David's all over the board in Psalm 1:39. And David concludes at the end of Psalm 1:39, the only way he can even begin to understand who he is is through a relationship with God, because he's all over the board. But he knows God's created him. And he knows he's knitted him together. And when you look at your body, look at the way the veins and all the capillaries and the skeletal system are put together, it's like this divine knitting and weaving that we are the person God wanted you and me to be, formed my inward parts.
Then he says, "I praise You." He says, "I don't have anything else to do at this point, because I realized that I've been made by You, that I've been knitted together by You. And my emotions, which I obviously don't always understand why I do certain things and all of that, You created me that way. So the only thing I can really do is praise You, because I don't even understand myself. When I start to pray, 'God search me and know me,' the first thing I want to do is, because I know that I'm not really that great of a person on the inside, I'm going to run off to heaven. Oh, You'll be there. I'm going to run to hell. Oh, You'll be there. I'm going to flee. I'm going to run, because, God, I can't even control my own emotions. And here I am. And so, God, what I've realized is I am who I am. You've created me who I am. I'm special and unique. And I don't really even have the ability to understand who I am completely outside of a relationship with You.
And I've got all these cultural and family and all these other things buzzing around trying to define who I am. But, God, I know that I need to define that by You. So I'm going to praise You, because I realized I'm fearfully and wonderfully made.
Now, this is a literary term. We call it hendiadys. It's actually a compound Greek word that means one through two, that you're using two words to make one thing. He says, "I'm fearfully and wonderfully made. I'm in awe and I'm in wonder. I'm struck. I'm amazed." I'm using two words to put this together to say, "God, I am something unique. And I don't fully understand everything about me, but I know You made me. And I know I'm going to praise You. And I know the only way I'm going to have any bearing in my life is to be able to get focused on You rather than all the other things."
And he says, "Wonderful are Your works. I know Your works are good. God, I'm a Hebrew man. I'm King David. And I'm able to look back in Genesis. And I know You created the world. You took something without form and without void, and You made it good. I know when You come on the scene, and I know when You create something, it's good, which means I'm good."
Which is important for you to hear, because so many of us look at our lives and go, "If this would have happened, if that would have happened, if I would have just been given this, if I'd just been given that, if this chance would have just happened for me." And what we need to stop doing is defining ourselves by the woulda, couldas, and the shouldas and start defining ourselves based on who God says we are.
He goes on to say . . . And this is going to be a moment for somebody in this room. This is going to be a moment. He says, "How precious to me are Your thoughts, oh God. How vast is the sum of them."
God thinks thoughts towards you and me, and they're precious thoughts. We have a little baby, Esther. She's still a baby. And I get her at night and hold her. I don't know about you all, but I like to chew on her between her like here and here, rarararar, and she smiles. I'm not really eating her. But we use the phrase like "I'm going to eat you up, rarararar." And I like to take her toes and twirl them. And I just sit there. And all I do is think about, "Man, she's so pretty. She's so awesome. She's so good." That's the way God thinks about you and me. That the way He thinks about you and me.
When she's sick and she's coughing and hacking, I don't think any less of her. When she wakes up in the middle of the night, it's not like I get excited. It's not like anybody gets excited about in the middle of the night diaper change or bottle feeding. But we love her. It's not like we think, "Ah, what a terrible girl." Our thoughts towards her are precious. We're people, broken people.
David says, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." And God's thoughts towards me, He's not out to get me. His thoughts are precious towards me."
You know somebody in here is going through some stuff. And you're challenged right now in your life. And what you need to hear is that your heavenly Father is for you.
Listen to what Paul says in the book of Romans. This is just to me is profound. He says that "Who's going to condemn anybody?" in Romans 8? Who's going to be the one who condemns? I mean we condemn ourselves. You listen to yourself all the time. You say, I shouldn't have done that. I shouldn't have done that, shouldn't have done this, shouldn't have done that." You got all kinds of people outside of you that will condemn you. But we condemn ourselves. And here's what he says, "Who's going to condemn?" He says, "Well, Jesus is the one who died. He raised again. He's at the right hand of God." Listen to this, "He intercedes for us." You know what Jesus is doing for you right now? He's praying for you right now. That's what he's doing. Wow, man. Never really thought of God that way. Never really thought of God being so for me that who could be against me. Yeah, He says that too coming right up.
That's just the way God thinks about you and me. David says, "I'm a special and unique creation. I have value and dignity. The King of Kings made me. I'm not here randomly. I'm here because God wanted me to be here. He knitted me in my mother's womb. And His thoughts towards me are precious, and they're vast. And not only that, if I would count them, they're more than the sand. I awake, and I'm still with You."
David's like, "Listen, if you went to Lido Beach and spend the rest of your life trying to count every pebble of sand, everyone of them, you'd never do it." And he says, "God's thoughts are vast towards me. They're more numerous than the sand." And then David says this word, "I awake, and I'm still with You." David's thinking on two levels here. He's thinking on the one that we do bad things. We act bad ways. We go to bed. And we know when we wake up in the morning, God's going to be mad at us. No, He's not. "I'm still with You. I'm still in Your mind. I'm still in Your thoughts."
He also sees that as it's a resurrection term that, as we fully awake one day, God will still be with us. He's for us.
But David understands. He's like, "I'm unique. I have value. I have dignity. I mean something to the Lord. And His thoughts towards me are precious."
So knowing this, just reading a little bit of this passage of Scripture, let's make a few, what I call takeaways or take homes. And they're important. First of all, you and I are a unique and special creation. It's hard for people to believe that because they define themselves by so many things in life. But you are unique and special. You have value.
Let me give you a story that would illustrate this. There's this little boy that walked into a puppy store. My family is banned from going into a puppy store, because I have the six kids at home. And everyone of them picks out a different dog. And then I'm supposed to buy them. And if you've ever been to those puppy stores, those dogs aren't cheap. They're like thousand dollars. And so they just think dad's carrying around six grand of cash on him. And then it goes from "Dad's the cool guy" to "Dad's the heathen sinner," because he didn't buy dogs. And what about this love and grace stuff that you teach about, dad? Why wouldn't you get me a gift? So we just don't go to doggie stores.
But this little kid goes into a doggie store. And he asked the guy. He says, "Hey, I'd like to buy a dog." And all these dogs come running back from behind the counter. And they're all jumping in front of him and doing their thing. And all of a sudden, this little other dog comes back, and he's got a leg that doesn't work. And he comes dragging out without a leg, just flopping, because it doesn't work. And he's stumbling out. He gets out in the thing, and the little boy goes, "I want that dog."
And the owner of the pet store says, "Son, you're a young boy. You're going to grow up. And one day, you're going to want to be out playing and throwing Frisbees and running in the grass and having fun. And he's not going to be a good dog for you. He's got a leg that doesn't work. These other dogs, look at this, look at these other dogs. Look how good they are. Look at this one, he can jump, he can play."
And the boy goes, "No, I want that dog."
And the store owner gets down on his knees says, "Son, listen to me. I've been doing dogs for a long time. You're a cute young boy. You're going to grow up. This dog is never going to be the dog that you want, never going to be the dog that works for you."
And the boy says, "I don't care what he costs. He's what I want." He says, "And I'll tell you why." And the little boy pulls his leg up, and he's got a prosthetic limb. He's got a leg that's been amputated. He said, "I can relate to that dog and that dog can relate to me."
So that dog was special and unique. Maybe nobody else saw that, but that boy did. And here's what I want you do understand. You may think you're that dog that's got that broken leg. Maybe it was because of a divorce. Maybe it was because of a financial situation. Maybe it was business. Maybe it was mom and dad. Maybe it was the way you grew up. Maybe it was whatever. But I want you to hear me and hear me well. To God, you are special and unique. And you know what He wants? He wants you. You say, "Nobody's ever told me that before." Yeah, well you need to hear that, because you need to stop getting your identity from all the other things. And you need to start getting your identity from who your heavenly Father says that you are. And what He says to you and me is that we are precious and that we were formed by Him. And He understands us. And what He does is His thoughts towards you and me, even though he knows everything about us, His thoughts towards you and me are ones of love and acceptance and grace.
Not only are you and I unique and special creation, but we are who God wanted us to be. And this is important. I need you to hear this, because there's a depth here to this that's greater than me just giving you a point. You and I are who God wanted us to be. And listen to me. This is really important that you get this. Think through this, listen to me, and listen to me well. Our weaknesses are what drive us to Him. Our talents and our abilities are to be used by Him.
Here's the way it works in the world, because we have competing voices. What we do is we get books. We get seminars. We get DVDs. And they tell us how to be a better you and me. I love the Kentucky basketball. You all know that. And our coach, John Calipari, he says to our kids all the time, "I want you to be the best you that you can be."
I want you to understand something and hear me. That is absolutely not biblical. Jesus has never asked you and me to be the best you and me. Jesus has asked us to look like Him. I want you to hear this, because this is so profound that you get. It's a life-changing, game-changing moment. The weaknesses that you and I have are not something that we read books and listen to stuff so that we can overcome our weaknesses and become a better you and me. Our weaknesses are there to drive us to God. And when we are driven to God, God's strength is greater in our weakness. His grace is sufficient, and He's the only one that can work through our weaknesses to make us more like the image of His Son.
I need you to hear that, because this is profound. Your weaknesses . . . God created you and me the way we were. We are who we are. And in His grace, He has created us in such ways that the weaknesses and the broken, these things that we have in our life, are not for us to try to figure out how we can fix or how we can band-aid or how we can overcome. They're there to drive us to God. And when we're driven to God, what we find is that His strength and His grace is enough. And what those weaknesses do, they give Him opportunity to conform us to the image of His Son. It's not Chip Bennett becoming the best Chip Bennett he can be. It's Chip Bennett becoming more like Jesus.
Weaknesses drive us to Him. And then our talents and strengths that He's given to everybody are to be used by Him. You just heard on the plug the announcement that people who get involved in church are happier and meet more friends and feel like God is using them more, because your gifts and talents are not for you to go do something great for you, because then what happens is you follow into the performance trap. You have to do things to feel good. And so you got to do more and more to feel good. Well, it's the endless vicious cycle of trying to perform to get something. What God wants you and me to do is to realize that our talents are His. He's the one who formed us. He's the one who created us. And He wants us to use those gifts and talents for Him, for His kingdom.
So you and I are special. But we also are who we are, because that's who God wanted us to be.
Thirdly, you and I can now go to God because He knows you and me completely. He knows everything about us. And His verdict is He still has good and loving thoughts towards you and me. So like David says, " Search me, God." Well, I don't know. Maybe I don't. Maybe I want to play a little hide and seek with my heavenly Father. There's the little meme where this guy is praying in an altar. He's like, "Hey, God, could you shut your eyes for a minute because I got something I need to deal with." Sometimes, we're like that in our lives. We got this idea of playing hide and seek with God. God knows everything. He knows everything about you. Everything. And his verdict is that He has precious thoughts towards you. And they're vast. And you could never number them, because He loves you, which means, fourthly, who we are specifically in regards emotion, our kidneys, only finds true meaning in relationship with god.
Which is why David ends this prayer with this, "Search me then, oh, God, and know my heart. God, I realized I'm a unique creation. I realized You're the one who made me. So that means You're the only one who fully knows me. You're the only one who fully can understand why I do the things I do. So, Lord, what I want you to do is I want You to search me, and I want You to know my heart, because, Lord, I don't know my heart sometimes. Because, Lord, sometimes, I want to do this, and sometimes, I want to do this. And sometimes, I want to go there, and sometimes, I want to go here. So, Lord, search me and know me. Try me, know my thoughts, because, God, I don't know. Sometimes, my thoughts may be good. Sometimes, they may be bad. God, I need to center myself in you, not in all the voices, not in what culture says, not in what family says, not in what friends say, not in what comparisons, not by how well my business is doing or how well this is going or what genes or what car or what house. God, I need to center myself in You, because I don't even know if the things that I'm doing that I even think look good are even really good at the end of the day.
So Lord, search me. Know my heart, try me, and know my thoughts. And Lord, see if there'd be any grievous way in me. Lord, sometimes, I don't know. Sometimes, I think what I'm doing is good. I may actually feed the poor, and I may be doing it out of all the wrong motives, doing it for me so I can feel good. And it might not even be good, even though everybody else would look at it and say it's good. I maybe doing something others that somebody may go, "Why in the world did you go down there to that bar and talk to that person?" And maybe you led them to the Lord, and maybe that was a good thing. And nobody else could see it but God.
That's why he says, "Lord, know me, search me. I got to get my bearing with you. You're the one who created me. I'm the way I am. And, Lord, the only way for me to have any life at all, the only way for me to have any identity is in You and then lead me in Your way everlasting." Do that.
God, that's who I want to be, which is why all of us need to walk out of here today and be able to say this, "I am uniquely and wonderfully made by a loving God that knows everything about me. And He still loves me."
Let that just soak in right now. Rather than getting all of your identity from all the things screaming and circulating around you, realize that your identity is only found in that relationship with God. And even you and me can't know at times exactly where we're going and what we're doing, which is why we need to be focused on him rather than all the competing voices.
I want you to meditate for a minute on a video. Daniel, if you would play it.
When I lose my way and I forget my name
Remind who I am
In the mirror, all I see is who I don't want to be
Remind who I am
In the loneliest places, when I can't remember what grace is
Tell me once again who I am to You, who I am to You
Tell me lest I forget who I am to You
I belong to You, to you
A heart is like a stone
I'm running far from home
Remind me who I am
When I can't receive your love, afraid I'll never be enough Remind me who I am
If I'm your beloved, can You help me believe it?
Tell me once again who I am to You, who I am to You
Tell me lest I forget who I am to You
I belong to you
I'm the one you love
I'm the one you love
That will be enough
I'm the one you love
Church, this morning, I [inaudible 00:35:12] we can just sing that line together, I'm the one you love. Come on, sing it with me.
And I'm the one you love
I'm the one you love
That will be enough
I'm the one you love
I'm the one you love.
Dr. Bennett: Dear heavenly Father, I just pray that we would stop for just a moment this morning. Lord, I believe there's people in the room right now that they just . . . Something's welling up inside. They feel something inside. Maybe they feel a love that they've never felt before in their life. Maybe they've been a Christian for most of their life, but they've never really understood Your love. Lord, they've put You a part of their life. You're not their full life. They've integrated You into part of who they are. They've integrated You into certain things. But still, the idea of who they are is defined by so many other things.
And Lord, what I pray right now is that You would remind all of us who we are. Lord, don't let our identities be stolen. Don't let it be taken from us. Let us understand who we are, that we are Your children, that we are loved by You, that we are a special and unique creation created by You when we were in our mother's womb, and that Your thoughts towards us are precious, and they're vast, and they're loving, and they're good. So, Lord, I pray in Jesus' name right now for Your glory and for Your honor that You would speak to Your people right now and minister to them and let them hear who they are.
So Lord, as I asked everybody at the beginning of the message, who do you think you are? Lord, I prayed today that all of us can walk out of here with a different understanding of how to answer that question. And, Lord, let it be the thing that changes our life forever. In Jesus' name, and everybody said, amen.