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Remember Who You Are

July 12, 2004

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

James 1:22-25

-You are a warrior. Warriors never use their power to hurt others.

I. MUSCLE MEMORY ILLUSTRATION

A. when you get injured your muscles get amnesia and forget what they are created to do
B. healing involves rebuilding the muscle’s memory as well as tissue
C. the older we get the longer it takes to rebuild muscle memory

II. SOUL MEMORY

A. we forget how we were created to live as a result of sin; when we sin we damage our souls and cause soul amnesia, forgetting how we were created to live
B. we have moment of insights, times when we remember how we were created to live; when we are about to act on these insights and do something we were created for (or not do something we weren’t created for) we forget; we have soul amnesia
C. we must remember who we are so that we know what to do
D. by forgetting we deceive ourselves; we can deceive others momentarily, and we cannot deceive God; he knows how he created us to live; he knows exactly who we were intended to be
E. this isn’t about doing the right thing, it’s about being recreated and remembering how we were created to live and then actually living that way
F. THE DECEPTION: there is something better out there than the life God created us to live (Gen 3)
G. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: MORAL LAW IS CONNECTED TO DIVINE DESIGN

1. living below this minimum standard means we are living like animals
2. this is not an extraordinary code; they are the lowest common denominator
3. we were not designed to lie, covet, murder, steal or lust, etc; when we do these things we damage our souls and get soul amnesia, forgetting how we were created to live; we forget what it means to be human
4. God doesn’t want anyone or anything to define who we are, save him

H. do not write your life apart from God
I. if you listen and don’t act you are a “memento” (reference to the movie)
J. THE PERSON YOU WERE CREATED TO BE IS NOT THE PERSON YOU WERE IN THE PAST, BUT THE PERSON GOD WILL MAKE YOU IN THE FUTURE

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