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January 22, 2018

The Power to Be Productive: Part 3

“I am the vine, you are the branches….” John 15:5a (NIV)

“Now if some of the branches were broken off, and you a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among them and participated in the richness of the olive root….” Romans 11:17 (NET)

To gain a new power to be productive, I need a new vision.  I need to see myself as God sees me in Christ.  As a Christ follower, you have a new identity!  If you don’t see your new identity in Christ, you will never fulfill your destiny.  This is the third step if we are to experience the power to live productive lives.

Step confidently into your new identity so God can give you a new power

How do you do that?  Here are two practical ways:

  1. See your true identity as God sees it.

When David was called of God, he was only a shepherd boy.  He had no clue what God was going to do or how God was going to use him.  His life changed forever when God anointed him to be King of Israel!  For a while, things went great.  He took out the giant Goliath and became the hero of Israel.  Then he finds himself on the run for a decade or more from a jealous reigning King and didn’t want to be replaced.  But the day would come, that David would experience his destiny just as God said.  Before that day could come, we find a significant verse in 2 Samuel 5:12 that says,

“And David perceived that the LORD had established him King over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake.” 

The point is that David couldn’t step into His calling until he “perceived” who he really was “a King!”  Until you see your new identity, you will never experience your destiny!  To do that, you have to let go of the past.  Past failures and sins will blind you from ever seeing your potential in Christ.  David got a new vision of who he was through a connection with God that empowered him to be who God called him to be!  Don’t let shame and guilt deceive you from the truth of who you are in Christ!  See your new identity in Him!  You are a child of the King!  Then…

  1. Speak your true identity.

When God called a young pastor named Timothy, He gave him this assurance to claim:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

The same is true for you and me.  Don’t let the feelings of fear and timidity convince you that you God couldn’t use you.  Let go of the past failures and insecurities, the shame and guilt and lay hold of God’s promises as you speak your true identity in Christ.  To see your new identity, you have to speak it!  Make your confession today!  I am a child of the King.  I am chosen by God.  I am called by God. I am forgiven.  I have a hope and a future.

God has given you a spirit of power, love and self-discipline!  Speak it today!