We all have a set of core beliefs residing in our hearts—things we believe about ourselves. We live according to these beliefs even if we aren’t conscious of it. These beliefs have accumulated over the course of our lives.
There are experiences we’ve had, and they have shaped who we are today, because deep down in our hearts we have believed the message of those events. These beliefs, whether they are good or bad, true or not, have become our identity.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 4:23 that the issues of life flow from our hearts. That makes our identity of utmost importance. If your identity is shaped by the belief you are unwanted or unloved, you will see the world through that lens. You will see rejection where there isn’t any. You’ll expect it. And because you do, you’ll act like you are being rejected. Your expectations will produce the reality. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
If we want to live in the freedom God has provided and experience the kingdom-living He has for us, then we need to make sure our identity lines up with what God says is true about us. We need to know what is in the heart of God when He thinks about us. What is His plan? How does He see us? That is our true identity.
“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” (Galatians 4:6-7 NLT)
We all have areas in our life where we need greater freedom. Often, we are simply unaware of lies we believe and wrong patterns of thinking that keep us stuck. Jesus came to set all of us free. We don’t have to live defeated, frustrated, unfulfilled lives. Jesus has so much more for each of us. That is what Freedom Encounter is all about.
Freedom Encounter is a day and a half event that will take place November 16/17. Get more details by clicking here.