By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: June 30, 2016
From Series: Ultimate Identity - Guest Josh Shockey
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13
In the passage above, Peter and John were speaking to the religious leaders after being arrested for healing a crippled man and speaking about Jesus. But they didn’t let an arrest stop them from speaking boldly. Where had they gotten such courage and knowledge? They had spent time walking with, talking with, and being taught by Jesus. Their boldness and courage came from the knowledge that they gained directly from Him. But it wasn’t just knowledge; it was based on a relationship with their Lord. As a result, they knew where their purpose and identity came from.
God has given us His Word so that we can do the same today. We can know our identity through Jesus Christ and be certain of our purpose by spending time in His Word and growing in our relationship with Him. The more we know about God, the more will come to know God, and the more we will understand the identity and purpose He has given us.
Ask God to help you understand Him through His Word, and to help you understand your own identity and purpose as His child.
Find a translation of the Bible that is easy to read such as New Living Translation (NLT), New International Version (NIV) or New King James Version (NKJV). Begin a daily routine of 15 or more minutes of reading and seeking understanding of what you read. Not sure where to start? Try the book of John or 1 John. But wherever you start, just make the commitment and stick to it!
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