Week 1: Who God Says You Are

Today’s truth: You are FREE in Christ!

What does this really mean and how does this change how we view ourselves? Rebekah Lyons, author of You Are Free, shares her journey to finding freedom and does a phenomenal job helping us understand the real meaning of the words, “free in Christ.”

 

Rebekah says, “You can’t know freedom until you know bondage. And part of the gift of the Spirit is to give us the conviction of that, to kind of show us the places we’re not free and let those things surface. So a lot of times if I’m feeling insecure or afraid, I say, ” Jesus, I need you to give that a name.” What is the thing that I’m holding onto that I can’t let go of? Show me what I need to confess!

Confession for me is a daily thing! … It’s just this posture, this on-going dialogue with God… If I notice I overreact to something, if I see envy kind of creep in, if I see comparison creep in, maybe I need to actually remove the things that create that temptation for a while. I need to be still and know that you are God. I love so much that Romans 8 says we’re no longer fearful slaves, we’re sons and daughters… Freedom is contingent on relationship where the Father says, “You are mine” and we go, “Yes I am…” We don’t have to be fearful slaves…”

Check out Rebekah’s book You Are Free here! 

In week 1 of the World’s Biggest Small Group: Identity, we’re exploring and solidifying the truths about who God says we are. Here’s a verse to think on this week as we learn:

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!

(Psalm 139:13-17 New Living Translation)

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Lokelani Tangaro
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Lokelani Tangaro

This morning is a major turning point for me. To trust God and walk out the destiny he has placed inside me. Starting with the question “who does God say I am”

Cathy Scaggs
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Cathy Scaggs

Yes! Knowing who you are in Christ is the greatest source of freedom. I love the verse from this study Psalm 139:13-37. But even more freeing is that when you study who God is- God becomes bigger and my problems get smaller. He is the center of all things, and I am His!

Michele
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Michele

I wonder what she meant with leaving things for awhile, things that may cause us to compare ourselves, etc?

Cathy Scaggs
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Cathy Scaggs

It appears that her context is seeking the Lord in an ongoing dialogue about helping her see where she is tempted to envy, and comparison. When the Lord reveals these areas, she talks about removing those things that cause her to be tempted to compare, or envy. She referencing how David speaks to the Lord in Psalm 139:23-24 . “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

Rebecca (Rebie) Ikes
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Yes, you and Cathy are right on! Rebekah is talking about leaving things that tempt us to go back into bondage. In her case, comparison! She mentioned to us that she recently took a long break from social media and it made all the difference for her mental and spiritual health and God really spoke to her. So that was her specific thing. But it really is about anything that might be distracting me from hearing God and entering His freedom; stepping away from it for a time (or altogether in some cases.)

April Burns
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April Burns

Question, Rebekah mentioned that in Galatians 3 it talks about how God doesn’t measure our worth in terms of ability but in our identity. I was curious what verse she used and what translation she used?

Rebecca (Rebie) Ikes
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Great question! In Galatians 3:2 NLT it says, “Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. 3 How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” This is talking about how our abilities, our work, or how well we follow God’s law is not what defines us. We don’t gain our salvation or our place with… Read more »

Geoffrey Schubert
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Geoffrey Schubert

This made me think of how, so many times i have wanted to start new things in my life that my past knowledge did not really apply but i tried to force it to because i didnt want to wait on instruction.