I hope the month of February has been kind to you, and that you are ready to embrace March.

For the past month we have been creating the launch pad for our new series ‘Dare to BE’, by examining our identity.

Knowing who you are is very important because it provides the platform for your potential.
More often than not we get caught in an identity crisis because we cloak our essential self with our social self, merge into being someone else for the benefit of others, and end up lost.
I must tell you that the worst prison to be in is the prison of what others think!
Whatever you can do to free yourself from that prison, do it!

When change comes, it is vital to remain patient during the transition process.
I used the example of one of Jesus’s disciples Peter during our teaching this month.
During Peter’s journey with Jesus, we see him in a variety of situations, growing into his potential.
Peter perceived himself as having stickability and being able to withstand pressure, but Jesus knew that Peter’s self image was not yet established.

  1. Faith -He walked out onto the water to meet Jesus
  2. Revelation- You are the Christ
  3. Commitment – I will never leave you but ends up denying Jesus
  4. Self Control- Cuts a soldier’s ear off
  5. The Quitter- I am going back to fishing

Please understand that battling that duality is life’s great struggle.
Some days you will get it, and other days you don’t.

Paul found himself in the same battle when he said ‘I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time’.

This is why connecting with the grace of God is invaluable.
Grace holds you between the images, grace holds you between here and there.

Because of the way that we have been conditioned, it can be hard  to believe that God is still there cheering us on, but this is God’s promise; 2 Timothy 2:13 says,  If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.

Your identity is an ongoing process, so rather than a static snapshot, you need to embrace a flowing sense of self, whereby you are perpetually re-framing, re-organizing, re-thinking and re-considering yourself, and learning to come into line with how God sees you.

As it says in Romans 12, be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
With this in mind you can now Dare to BE!

Pastor Nigel