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INTRODUCTION TO THE LIVING LIFE DISCIPLESHIP MANUAL

 The Living Life Discipleship Manual (LLDM) is designed to provide the discipler with teaching material for use in the discipling process of others. The diagrams used in this manual are also used in IOM America’s Identity Matters® Conference, Identity Matters® Workbook & Conference Guide, and the Identity Matters® textbook: 77 Truths for the Seven Areas of Life. Each can be ordered through IOM America. The LLDM is also intended to be a tool in applying God’s Truth to one’s individual life as a private study, quite independently of ministering to others. The diagrams are graphic expressions of Scriptural Truths. In most instances, they illustrate how man got into his present state regarding a given area of life. In other cases, they picture what God has done and is doing on man’s behalf. They also show the progressive steps man must take to be obedient to God, with the primary objective of leading each student in understanding who he or she is in Christ. The Truths presented in this manual are entirely from the Word of God. Concepts, illustrations, and pictorials have been put together as a result of co-laboring with authors, teachers, and disciplers from around the world – spanning 30+ years. Since I am of the belief that all Truth, both in word and illustration, comes directly from the Life of Christ in the believer, I give no credit to any single author – including myself. The Truths deal with all areas of life and direct the discipler and disciple to the Scriptural principles of the believer’s experiential embrace and understanding of their identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension -- in daily living. This is what we call the Exchanged Life. When an individual has a born-again experience by faith, it means the Life of Christ comes and indwells the believer through the personhood of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ Jesus). The reality of this transformation allows for a true exchange of one’s old nature, or Adamic history, for the Nature of God through Christ. In knowing this, we become partakers of all that is true about Christ through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. The entire manual is focused on these simple Truths, by way of an extensive review of each Section Topic. SECTION TOPICS: The first section is devoted to a description of each section topic. These are short descriptions taken from the Identity Matters® Tract. These topics are also the same ones taught in the Identity Matters® conference, as well as chapter topics in the Identity Matters® Workbook. These are all available at www.IOMAmerica.org. EXCHANGED LIFE DICTIONARY: It is highly recommended the discipler study this mini-dictionary of terms. Understanding the terms, in any form of communication, puts the communicator in a believable light with the student. This section, if used correctly, can answer questions Christians have held close to their hearts for years. If you have any questions regarding these definitions, email me at: sphinney@iomamerica.org. IDENTITY MATTERS TOPICS: This section is organized by making use of numbered designations of diagrams and bodies of teaching, which correspond to those in the Conference Workbook. Notice that the diagram faces the disciple, while the “cheat sheet” faces the discipler. The “cheat sheet” includes four sections: the title and number of the diagram, a brief purpose statement, notes to the discipler to consider, and an application section for the discipler to ask the disciple.


Even though the explanation (opposite of the diagram) covers the objectives of each diagram and the application gives questions that usually lead a disciple to the truth of the diagram, it is recognized that the Holy Spirit may lead one to make applications of Truth that are different from what I have included in the text. Every diagram has its limitations – the diagrams are not holy, but the Scriptures are!

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Even though this manual is laid out in such a way that one section can be covered per ministry session, we suggest taking your time (i.e. taking up to three or four sessions per section, if necessary). It is better to add additional sessions to properly secure integrating their personal data into each diagram.

In the second ministry session, answer all questions pertaining to the Right to Minister form. If the disciple has signed the form, then you sign it. Once all parties have signed the form, you have the “right” to disciple and can move forward with either finishing Discipleship in the Making or beginning the Godship section.

In the first ministry session with your ministry partner, verbally explain the Right to Minister form (found after this section). Send it home with your disciple carefully review. Instruct him or her to bring it back to the next ministry session. In addition to reviewing the Right to Minister form, show your disciple the Discipleship in the Making section. This will help the disciple determine if this is the kind of discipleship he or she is seeking.

Try setting a regular meeting schedule with your ministry partner. We suggest weekly.

Spend time reviewing each section: the diagram, the purpose statement, the explanation section (for the discipler), and the application list (for the disciple), before meeting with the person to whom you are called to minister. In fact, we suggest you go through this manual as a personal study before ministering to others. The best way to get to know this manual is by taking yourself through the Identity Matters® Workbook & Conference Study Guide. Finally, we offer the audio set by the author (Dr. Stephen Phinney) that will explain each diagram. These audios can be found in the online school located on our website: www.IOMAmerica.org.

Thoroughly study the Exchanged Life Dictionary section. Knowing the terms and their definitions is key to explaining Truth to another. This section provides the discipler with simple and brief definitions of terms, which oftentimes are complex in the minds of believers. Know this section well!

Study, and/or memorize, the definitions of the Section Titles. This will give you the ability to convey to the disciple brief explanations for each section without having to read them.

Pray before reading or studying this material.

Here is a suggested simple “checklist” to keep in mind:

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Remember to copy the Action Page for each section as homework. Encourage your ministry partner to do the work immediately after the ministry session, rather than waiting until the night before their next session.

10. One of the best ways to secure understanding for your ministry partner is having him use the Identity Matters® Workbook as you meet together. Encourage him to stay one lesson ahead of you. This approach will maximize your ministry sessions to the fullest. If you use this approach, take the first 15 minutes of each session to review their workbook content. 11. Once the entire series is finished, we suggest having a mini-graduation celebration. Please use the certificate in the back of this manual. Our prayer is that God may use this Identity Matters® series as a vehicle for ministering both to and through the discipler, as well as to those He may bring into the discipler’s life. We pray the body of Christ be strengthened and equipped to stand effectively and walk victoriously in these last days.


Section Topics  Discipleship in the Making: Many self-proclaimed “Christians” put their entire Christian experience in the day of their Salvation. Once saved, they continue to function by making use of their own mind, will, and emotions. This weakness sets all indwelt Christians in a position of needing discipleship, thus needing a Christ as Life Discipleship method. Godship: A simple term to describe what the Word defines as the number one problem in life — mankind attempting to function as their own god in the lives of self, others, and even God. This includes suffering with divorce, suicide, eating problems, depression, or any other common problem with the self-life. Most of the time, it falls under the category of Godship -- finding ways to fix the fix that God has fixed on you to stop fixing life through self-effort. Our ministry has learned that the act of “playing God” helps us to identify the real problem in each of the lives to whom we reach out. We have also learned that the most common consequence of Godship is “rejection” (Gen. 3:5). Rejection is withholding love from self, others, and God. There are two types of rejection: overt and covert. Overt rejection is “obvious or known” rejection -- for example, I hate you! Covert rejection is “subtle or unknown” rejection -- for example, smiling on the outside while judging on the inside. Both of these forms of rejection are consequences of Godship applied, either by self or from others. Without question, we believe that rejection leads to individuals attempting to find life “externally” (Romans 15:7). External/Internal is an individual attempting to gain love, acceptance, and significance from external resources -- idolatry. Since Godship sets up “self-rule,” the individual works to turn negative externals into positive ones, by making use of self-effort.


SECTION TOPICS continued… Problems are direct consequences of self-life efforts. God then uses these problems to bring the believer to the end of their own resources, or self-life, in order to create a dependence on Christ’s Life from within. We believe that suffering is the key component to learning obedience to Christ Jesus, who actually lives in the born-again believer. It is these problems that reveal the person’s flesh (Heb. 5:8). My Flesh exhibits patterns, reactions, and/or sinful actions that reveal (my) an individual’s self-life -trash left behind by the old nature. These fleshly reactions lead the believer to Life (Christ) or death (flesh) decisions. If the believer continues to choose self-life decisions, we believe God will bring this person to the end of himself through consequences formed by their own flesh. This, without question, leads the person to repentance (Luke 9:23). Repentance is the process of confessing one’s sins, turning away from the self-life, and returning to a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ from the inside out. This cannot be done effectively unless the Holy Spirit brings revelation to specific areas of the flesh that rise up against Jesus Christ. Once true repentance has occurred, the indwelt Christian can begin to apply their identity in Christ to all of life’s situations and circumstances (Psalm 119:59). Identity Matters is an experiential embrace and understanding of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension -- in daily living. This is what we call the Exchanged Life. When an individual has a born-again experience by faith, it means the Life of Christ comes and indwells the believer through the personhood of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ Jesus). The reality of this transformation allows for a true exchange of our old nature, or Adamic history, for that of the Nature of God through Christ. In knowing this, we become partakers of all that is true about Christ through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Now the believer is in a position to appropriate their true identity in Christ and begin to live out that he is literally the righteousness of Christ (Galatians 2:20). Righteousness is an indwelt believer’s expression, function, and lifestyle of releasing the Life of Christ from within. Once a born-again believer begins to appropriate their position in Christ, their condition is soon to change, simply by watching the evidence of His Life being manifested through their mind, will, and emotions. This means that when life’s circumstances are put before him, he can choose to release the Life of Christ to do the doing through him. This is a perfect setup for learning how to extend forgiveness to others (2 Corinthians 5:21). Extending Forgiveness before God, in prayer, is forgiving anyone who has hurt you. Once an indwelt believer gets to this point, he is usually quick to release all anger and pain before God, extending forgiveness to those who initially hurt him, and in many cases, is ready to seek forgiveness from others whom he has hurt (Matt. 5:22-24). Seeking Forgiveness is the process of going to an individual whom you have offended by action or reaction, seeking their forgiveness, and restoring the relationship when possible. Once the believer has extended forgiveness before God on how he was hurt, he usually is released to go and seek the forgiveness for his part in the offense. It is in this process that we explain to the indwelt believer how to do this in detail. We find that when a believer reaches this stage of discipleship, he begins to rest, abide, and walk in the Spirit in the truest sense. Resting, Abiding, and Walking are the result of appropriating true forgiveness in all areas of life. It is living in the present, releasing the Life of Christ in you to be obedient to the Father through your mind, will, and emotions. When an indwelt believer gets to this point in growth, he is able to confront the self-centered view of life and to embrace the challenge of releasing the mind of Christ from within. Resting in Christ is a perfect place to be in showing the Love Life of Jesus (Matt. 11:28). Love Life is the pinnacle of the Christian Life. Once appropriating the above 11 steps, the indwelt believer begins to reveal the two primary commandments Christ spoke: love the Lord with your whole heart and secondly, love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 1:30-31). The result is when we obey, we have no condemnation. When we have no condemnation, we have confidence toward God. Then, whatever we ask through Christ, we receive (1 John 3:21-22).


DICTIONARY: TERMS & DEFINITIONS OF THE EXCHANGED LIFE HUDSON TAYLOR father of the term: “Exchanged Life” "God has made me a new man! God has made me a new man!" “Do you know, I now think that this striving, longing, hoping for better days to come is not the true way to holiness, happiness or usefulness. It is better, no doubt, far better than being satisfied with poor attainments, but not the best way after all. I have been struck with a passage from a book... entitled Christ is All It says, ‘The Lord Jesus received is holiness begun; the Lord Jesus cherished is holiness advancing; the Lord Jesus counted upon as never absent would be holiness complete. He is most holy who has most of Christ within, and joys most fully in the finished work...’” “How then to have our faith increased? Only by thinking of all that Jesus is and all He is for us: His life, His death, His work, He Himself as revealed to us in the Word, to be the subject of our constant thoughts. Not a striving to have faith... but a looking off to the Faithful One seems all we need; a resting in the Loved One entirely, for time and eternity.” “... I looked to Jesus, and when I saw – oh, how joy flowed!” “It was resting in Jesus now, and letting Him do the work – which makes all the difference. Whenever he spoke in meetings after that, a new power seemed to flow from him, and in the practical things of life a new peace possessed him. Troubles did not worry him as before. He cast everything on God in a new way, and gave more time to prayer.” “It was the exchanged life that had come to me – the life that is indeed "No longer I"... It was a blessed reality ‘Christ liveth in me.’ And how great the difference! – instead of bondage, liberty; instead of failure, quiet victories within; instead of fear and weakness, a restful sense of sufficiency in Another.” -Hudson Taylor Excerpts from: Chapter 14 (The Exchanged Life) by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor. Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret. (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009). Book first published in 1932.

Terms Used in Sharing the Exchanged Life Abiding Life An indwelt Christian resting, trusting, and continually yielding to the Life of Christ living inside (Romans 6:13). Abundant Living A lifestyle of walking after the indwelling Spirit of Christ through a consistent, yielding process within the mind, will, and emotions. Acceptance in Christ Complete and unmerited favor offered to those who are in Christ through the forgiveness of sins – past, present, and future. Acceptance is the fluid act of Grace demonstrated by Jesus Christ in relationship and position, as Bridal members of Christ (Ephesians 1:13).

Adamic Nature (Old Man, Old Nature, Sin Nature, Unregenerate Nature, Old Self) This is the condition of Adam after he chose to sin and eat from the tree that God commanded him not to eat from, or touch. Before his “fall,” his nature/spirit was in complete harmony to his Father’s – God. After his “fall,” Adam’s spirit became separated from that of God’s, resulting in spiritual death and being replaced by old man, old nature, sin nature, unregenerate nature, old self, or Adamic nature.


DICTIONARY: continued… Admonish This is the action of correcting, rebuking, reproving, and warning believers of their wrong beliefs in order to bring them in line with Christ doing the living through them. Being admonished has the appearance of being negative, but is positive when used by Christ. Appropriation This is an active faith decision of taking what God says as Truth and bringing it into daily living. It is through appropriation that an indwelt believer begins to walk after the Spirit. Baptism (Water, Spirit, and Fire) Just as with the earth, three baptisms are offered to all of humanity. The earth’s water baptism was the flood, its Spirit baptism was the first coming of our Lord, and the earth’s fire baptism will be the burning of it stated in Revelation 8:7. For those who are unsaved and never become born-again, they will only go through one baptism – fire (Rev. 21:8). Although, many unsaved insert the water baptism as a ritual, rather than a testimony of their Salvation and being cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. The born-again, indwelt Christian is strongly encouraged to be water baptized (testimony of Salvation) shortly after their Spirit baptism [receiving the Holy Spirit into their mortal bodies and being baptized into Christ] (Rom. 6:3). The indwelt Christian’s fire baptism (purification) entails the trials and sufferings while waiting to join their Savior and Husband in Heaven. Birth (First and Second) The first birth is physical and comes by way of being born of woman. The second birth offered to us is called, “born-again” (John 3:3). Being born-again is the experience of Salvation – being regenerated and connected back to God. This is accomplished by the “old man/nature” being crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20). The first birth places us “in Adam” and the second birth transfers us from being in Adam to that of being “in Christ” (Col. 3:3). Blood (Christ and Of Man) The blood of Christ is the washing element of our redemption/Salvation. It is in and through the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the Cross (by shedding His innocent blood) that we have redemption, forgiveness, and Salvation, which is made real to us by His everlasting Grace (Eph. 1:7). In order for blood to be redemptive and cleansing – it must be free of sin – as was the single case of Jesus. Man’s blood became defiled (filled with sin) as a result of the seed of Adam. It is through Christ, that all are made new (1 Cor. 15:22). Body (Of Man, Sin, and Christ)

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“Born of woman” is the first form of body. It is by “being born of woman” that the “body of sin” is given to us through the defiled seed of man. This is what made us unsaved/unregenerate and gave us an “old man/nature.” This is also why our old self had to be crucified with Christ, so that the body of sin might be done away with – in order that we would no longer be slaves to sin (Rom. 6:6). As for Christ, He was born without sin in His body (1 John 3:9). This was possible because the seed placed in Mary came directly from God through the Holy Spirit. Sin travels through the seed – not the blood. Therefore, Christ could be born of a normal human woman without having sin pass into His body. Today, we know through science, that the mother’s blood never mixes with that of her baby. * •

Bride (Of Christ and Man) Human marriages are the physical representation of the marriage of the Lamb to the Bride of Christ – the indwelt believers (Rev. 19:7; 21:9; 22:17). Men are to represent Christ’s headship over the Church, as heads of the home in and through their marriages. Women are to reveal the practical workings of the Bride of Christ through their acts of service to their husbands, children, and community.


DICTIONARY: continued… Brokenness Brokenness is a term frequently used to describe the state of mind that a believer is in shortly before they embrace the Truths of being brought to the end of their self-life. Brokenness communicates a loss of will and identity in one’s own self – resulting in a dependence on Christ from within for life and identity. Christ (Real and the Antichrist) The Hebrew root for Christ is “Messias” and the most popular Greek meaning is “Messiah” – highest of all priests. Christ is not Jesus’ last name; rather, it is a statement of position, power, and privilege. Jesus Christ is the total deity (God position) within the Trinity as the Father’s Son. He is the manifestation of God in the flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit by the direct orders of God, and born of the Virgin Mary. He is both true God and true man (John 1:1, 14, 18; 14:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:16). The Antichrist is Satan. He will come to project himself as the “true Christ” or Messiah. He will work to replicate the real, in order to deceive the people into following the fake – himself. Christ’s Life and Christ as Life

The life of Christ Jesus while on the earth was in the form of man, emptying Himself out as being equal to God (Phil. 2:6). After His resurrection, and then ascension, He gave to all those who accepted Him as Lord and Savior a special gift – His Life, by placing the Holy Spirit to indwell us (James 4:5). When we read about the life of Christ living within us (Gal. 2:20), be assured it is His actual Life, which is eternal Life. The term “Christ as Life” is used to explain believers walking after the Spirit, by allowing the Life of Christ to “do” the walking in and through them. Crucifixion and Co-crucifixion Crucifixion is the form of death thrown upon Jesus in His appointed time of death. It is described as nailing a person’s hands and feet to a cross and allowing the natural processes occur to produce death – such as, suffocation. Romans 6:6 reveals a very powerful reality of freedom: “knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.” Galatians 2:20 also reveals a life alliterating reality: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Both passages reveal the fact that those of us, who have the indwelling life of Christ within us, experienced the believer’s co-crucifixion. What got crucified: the old-man, nature, Adamic nature, or old-self. Co-death, Burial, and Resurrection The reality of true Salvation states that the believer has been baptized into Jesus, as an actual sharing in His death, burial, and resurrection. This is a Truth that takes the Spirit of life within the believer to understand and embrace (Rom. 6:3-7). People who are not born-again have no ability to understand the mystery of co-death, burial, and resurrection, as they are spiritually appraised/discerned (1 Cor. 2:14). Communion This term is used to define the unity and unblocked fellowship with the Life of Christ from within. The word comes from “commune” or oneness, which is operative for any believer who walks after the Spirit and not after the flesh (self-life). Conscience The conscience is the part of the mind that enables a person to discern the difference between “right” and “wrong.” It is either seared by the Adamic nature (the unregenerate spirit of an unsaved person), or once saved, it is generated by the indwelling life of Christ.


DICTIONARY: continued… Brokenness Conscious and Subconscious The term conscious is the part of the human brain that is awake, aware, intentional, informed, and conducts active thinking. The term subconscious is a modern word used to define the memories filed away by the mind as we sleep at night, or are purposely and/or unintentionally forgotten. The brain is designed by God to hold only a certain amount of data while awake. All “unnecessary” data/memories are filled either through time or sleep. This is why we can remember things from our past if we contemplate on them or dream about them. Cross (Christ and Man) Cross is one of the most common words used in the world of Christianity and classically has two common references. First, it is the word used to define the form of death Jesus experienced. Secondly, it is used to define an indwelt believer’s description of their co-crucifixion with Christ and all the eternal benefits of understanding their identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension in their walk with Him. This Truth makes way for each indwelt believer to share in the experience of the Cross and actually, to have their own Cross to bear (Luke 14:27). Death There are three forms of death: physical, spiritual, and eternal. But since all mankind is born spiritually dead, it is said that the participatory deaths are just two: physical and eternal, by way of the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8). Those who become indwelt by Christ only experience one death – passing from this life to the eternal life. The Salvation experience is for that reason, to deliver the individual from experiencing eternal death. Die Daily It is clearly noted in the Scriptures that all believers must die daily (1 Cor. 15:31). This “dying daily” is for the strict purpose of considering ourselves dead to sin and alive to and in Christ. The enemy throws sins before us by appealing to our flesh (trash left behind by the Adamic nature). The dying daily is the process of appropriating the Truth that we are dead to this mortal flesh. Discipleship This term is used to describe the process of equipping an indwelt believer in Christ with the Truth and understanding of what it means to walk in and through the Holy Spirit as a believer. This is accomplished through the written Word and the Life of Christ (Internal Word) that lives and functions within the believer. Emotions and Feelings Even though the Scriptures do not put much of an emphasis on “feelings,” our materials will use this term to define the human soul’s response and/or reaction to Truth and lies. Physiologically, emotions are the hormonal part of the human body which alarm, awaken, or celebrate what the mind chooses to believe. Eternal Life and Everlasting Life Eternal life is the life of Christ – past, present, and future (Heb. 13:8). Jesus has always been and always will be. When indwelt believers receive Christ Jesus into their lives, they are placed into the Life of Christ (Eternal Life) – making us one with Him. Everlasting life is the life we receive from the point of our Salvation forward. It must be known, the believer is given a new past, present, and future due to being placed in Christ. Therefore, whatever is true about Christ becomes true for every Bridal member.


DICTIONARY: continued… Exchanged Life This term was originally used by Hudson Taylor to define the exchange that takes place upon Salvation – we exchange our life for His. Many teachers of the Cross also use this term to explain an indwelt believer appropriating their co-death, burial, and resurrection with Christ. One of the most common Scriptures used in this exchange is Galatians 2:20, “Not I, but Christ.” All believers in Christ receive the exchanged life upon the moment of their Salvation. Experiential Living Many speak Truths without living it in daily experience. Experiential living is a believer walking in and after the Spirit as a lifestyle. It is their experience to partake in the release of the mind of Christ within as their norm. Faith in Christ Faith is often subjective and overused as an expression of the firmness of what someone believes. To have faith in Christ is much different (Rom. 4:14). For those who have faith in Christ separate themselves from all forms of faith (Rom. 3:22). Any faith that is not in Christ is classically bound by the Law and no justification exists for them. Those who believe in Christ Jesus are not only justified (just as if I never sinned), but they have a clear understanding and belief that what is in the eternal unseen world can be brought into their own lives through the indwelling faith of Christ from within (Gal. 2:16). Flesh and Fleshly Self-life There are two primary forms of flesh: the human body, which is where sin houses itself (Rom. 7:17) and flesh or fleshly self-life, which is the trash left behind by the old nature. Indwelt Christians have had their flesh (selfish passions) crucified (Gal. 5:24). But since sin remains in our human flesh (not the old nature), we are positioned to reckon ourselves dead to it (Rom. 6:11). We are called by our Savior not to continue presenting our bodies to sin as if we are slaves to it, for it will produce unrighteousness (Rom. 6:13). Gifting vs. Personality The pop culture of psychology has adopted the term “personality” to describe the differences between people. This word does not exist in the Bible -- there are no Hebrew or Greek words making use of this fable -- although, many culturally accepted translations are using this term. The description used in the Bible is “gifting” or “spiritual gifts.” All believers are given a minimum of one occupational gift and each believer is blessed with all of the manifestation gifts. Manifestation gifts are actual manifestations of the Holy Spirit within the believer upon the command of the Father and Christ Himself. Occupational gifts are for exactly that – an occupation. Each occupational gift is given at birth and made alive in Christ upon Salvation. Each gift carries traits the world has now defined as “personality types.” Grace The unmerited favor of Christ without works is the easiest way to define Grace. Grace is the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life of the indwelt through the mind (Life) of Christ inside the believer. People who appropriate grace have manifestations of forgiveness, acceptance, favor, liberty in the Spirit, and peace in all circumstances. People NOT of grace use the Law to change internal and external behavior. Guilt (Real and False) It is said that for indwelt believers, “guilt is the fuel of satanic condemnation.” Once saved, God no longer uses guilt to motivate His children – only conviction. Conviction is a gentle reminder of an action that is not of Christ Jesus; whereas, guilt involves punishment, fear, and condemnation. Unsaved people not only continue to live in guilt, but they are supposed to be living in guilt. God uses guilt as a condemning factor to press upon unbelievers in order for them to realize they will be condemned and go to Hell if they do not accept the life of Christ. Real guilt is presalvation and false guilt is a believer who does not embrace the grace of conviction.


DICTIONARY: continued… Heart The Greek word “kar” and the Hebrew word “leb” are used to define the core of an individual’s thoughts and feelings. Heavenlies The word “heavenlies” is a derivative of “heavens.” When this term is used within the exchanged life teachings, it is directly referring to the place where Christ is seated at the right hand of His Father (Col. 3:1). Holy Spirit and Spirit of Christ The ministry of the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Christ) is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14). The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner upon belief and confession in Christ, and baptizes the believer into one body, of which Christ is the head. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts, and empowers the believer for Godly and righteous living (Mark 13:11; John 14:26; 16:13; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16). The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, God's righteousness, and coming judgment (John 16:8-11). While I believe the Scriptures do not teach that certain gifts have ceased, they do indicate use of the gifts varies according to the need and movement of the Holy Spirit within each believer. We do NOT encourage the Body of Christ to focus upon the gifts, or their manifestations; but rather, the Giver. Instead, we teach and focus on the transformational life principles of the indwelling life of Christ – which emphasizes the more excellent way of love, as well as, zeal (John 13:15; 16:8; Titus 3:5; Eph. 1:22; 4:11-12; Romans 8:9-17; 12:48; 1 Cor. 3:16; 12:4-5, 11-13, 19; Galatians 5:25; Hebrews 4:1-4; 2 Cor. 12:12). Identification This is one of the most common terms used to describe the exchanged life. Since behavior comes from identity, what one believes to be their identity (Christ or self) makes a significant impact on daily living. It is of utmost importance that the indwelt believer places their identity in the message of identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. In Christ When the term “in Christ” is used, it should define the finality of the great exchange – “Not I, but Christ.” Upon Salvation, the old nature is crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20) and a new nature (that of Christ) is placed in the new believer. Upon this exchange, the indwelt Christian is placed in Christ and then hidden in God (Col. 3:3). Indwelling Life This term references the indwelling life of Christ in the true born-again believer. Justification by Faith This is probably one of the most difficult identity Truths to believe. Justification is a free gift of having our sins forgiven – past, present, and future – all at one time. Justification is often explained as “just as if I never sinned,” which is an accurate way to view this term. The only way this can be embraced by the believer is through faith, for human logic cannot accept the things of God. Law vs. Law of Spirit of Life The Law given to us by God through Moses is for the strict purpose of revealing that no man can fulfill the Law. Therefore, it must be fulfilled by someone who can – Jesus Christ. The Law must stay in position and continue to place people under its condemnation, in order for them to be led to the Law of the Spirit of Life and become accountable to God (Rom. 3:19). As Rom. 8:1 states, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (emphasis added). But outside of Christ, condemnation is alive and well. The Law of the Spirit of Life is only found in Christ; this is why the new convert must be placed in Christ. In fact, the convert cannot be set free from the Law of sin and death unless this exchange takes place (Rom. 8:2).


DICTIONARY: continued… Lordship vs. Life Lordship is not a biblical word, but it does refer to a release in the believer to count Jesus Christ as their Lord (owner). This is a critical doctrinal belief each indwelt believer must embrace. Without the appropriation of Christ being the owner of His Bride, the convert will continue to manage his life as if he owned himself – thus, fleshly behavior. If the believer does not move forward from personal lordship into the release of the Life of Christ, legalism will manifest. Mind, Will, and Emotions These terms are used to define the trichotomy of man’s soul. The mind is what Christ renews by revealing the mind of Christ within the believer (1 Cor. 2:16). The will is what chooses to receive renewal. The emotions support what man believes to be or perceives as Truth. New Man, New Nature, and New Life The new man / new nature / new life is the result of a regenerate spirit in Christ. This consists of a new Spirit – the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Christ – containing the literal mind of Christ (Col. 3:10; 2 Cor. 5:17). It is also known that our pre-saved condition houses a broken and dead spirit; this spirit is made new and alive through the Holy Spirit indwelling the believer, and the two becoming one. Old Man, Old Nature, and Old Self The old man / old nature / old self is the unregenerate spirit dead to Christ, which makes up the Adamic nature, which is in need of being crucified with Christ (the process of making it new and regenerate). This clearly describes unsaved persons and why they go to Hell if they do not receive new life upon Salvation (Rom. 6:6; Col. 3:9). Perfection vs. Sinless Perfection Perfection can only come from the One who is perfect – Jesus Christ. Once the convert receives Christ into their mortal being, the perfection of God is revealed through the Life of Christ housed within the convert, thus making the new man (spirit) perfect (Heb. 10:1; 11:40; 12:23). This makes one third (1/3) of man perfect, holy, and blameless; the other two thirds (2/3) [soul and body] are imperfect. The soul of man is what is sanctified, whereas the body remains in a dying state. This is why our body remains in the grave, for it houses the sin left behind by the Adamic nature. Once the believer dies a physical death, their perfect spirit and sanctified soul are joined with a new and perfect body on Heaven’s side. The false teaching of “sinless perfection” is a belief that once saved – the Spirit, soul, and body become perfect and cannot sin. Position vs. Condition The term “position” references the indwelt believer’s new position in Christ by way of their new life/spirit seated at the right hand of God; place in the Bride of Christ; being a holy, child of God; and all the other identity statements given to us through Christ (Eph. 1). Condition is the soul’s reflection of the measurement of appropriated belief of what is true about the new convert. This is why the soul must be sanctified and renewed by the Spirit (Phil. 1:6; Heb. 5:12-14). Power of Sin This is an unrighteous force and power within all humans, saved or not. This power of sin was birthed into each of us due to the consequences of a single sin Adam and Eve committed (1 Cor. 15:22). This sin is in us, but it is NOT us. Any convert who finds identity in this indwelling power of sin will appear and function as an unbeliever – one who is not saved (Rom. 7:20).


DICTIONARY: continued… Reckoning The term “reckoning” is used frequently within the community of the Cross. It means to “calculate,” to sum up, or “to summarize.” When the term is used Scripturally, it becomes a mandate for all believers to consider and calculate what Christ said about us, as Truth (Col. 3:5). Regeneration and Regenerate This is the process of Christ placing the Holy Spirit within the convert and making him new or regenerate – as in turning on the generator. Righteousness vs. Self-righteousness True righteousness can only be found in the One who is Righteous – Jesus Christ. Once converts receives Christ into their lives, they become the Righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). Self-righteousness is a fleshly and ungodly form of humans mustering up their own rightness before God and man (Rom. 10:3). Self and Self-life Self is another term for “flesh” or “selfishness” – those who practice having their own way. An unsaved person lives in and functions out of an identity of selfishness/flesh. Unbelievers choose to be selfish, by walking after the flesh and continuing to perfect themselves by self-effort (Gal. 3:3). Self-Control vs. Christ Control

There are two forms of “self-control” – by flesh or by the indwelling Holy Spirit. In fact, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self-control. But this kind of control is Christ’s control through the Holy Spirit in the believer. One puts an emphasis on “self” control and the other is a result of walking in and after the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). Sin, Sin Nature, and Sins The most common definition of sin is “falling short of the mark.” This mark is the standard of the Law. Since no one can fulfill the Law except Christ, all who are not saved are in, of, and find their meaning and purpose in sin. This is clearly a result of being born with a “sin nature” (Adamic nature) and is why humans commit sins – deeds that don’t measure up to the standards [Law] of God (Rom. 3:23). Soul, Body and Spirit This is the trichotomy of man. The mission of our Lord is to preserve the body, soul, and spirit of all believers through daily sanctification (1 Thess. 5:23). Subjective and Suffering Subjecting oneself to the Life of Christ actually produces suffering (1 Pet. 2:21). It is through suffering that Christ Himself learned obedience (Heb. 5:8). Believers who typically avoid suffering are oftentimes disobedient to Christ. Surrender, Total Commitment, and Obedience The Hebrew word for “surrender” is “charaph,” which means “to betroth.” Betroth is a marital term used to describe the engagement period of a marriage. When an indwelt believer surrenders their life to Christ, it is a willful agreement of acceptance of His invite to be the Bride of Christ. Total commitment is the action of the Bride to remain pure and true to their Husband – Jesus Christ. Obedience then becomes the result of the appropriation of the first two (Rev. 21:9). Trichotomy (God and Man) The trichotomy of man is body, soul, and spirit; the trichotomy of God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Man was created in this image. Many theologians attempt to reduce man’s design into dichotomy – two parts of man (soul and body). Not only is this an insult to God’s design, but rubs in the face of all teachings hinging around 1 Thess. 5:23 and the message of co-death, burial, resurrection, and ascension (Rom. 6:6; Gal. 2:20).


DICTIONARY: continued… Truth Truth in the Hebrew means “to betroth.” Remember that betroth is a marital term describing the engagement phase of marriage. To know Truth is to know and accept one’s engagement with Christ. When Christ said that He was the Truth – it literally translates out in the Hebrew as “He is the betrothed One.” Even though we are accustomed to believe that Truth is fact backed by the Holy Bible, it means much more to Christ. The Church is the Bride of Christ. We can find great comfort and security in whatever our Husband tells us is right and righteous – for you shall know the Christ, and Christ will set you free (John 8:32). Works (Christ and Man) There are only two kinds of works stated in the Holy Scriptures – self and that of Christ. Works of man produces sin unto death; whereas works of Christ through the believer produces Life and Life Abundantly (Rom. 6:16; John 10:10). Worship The act of worship is the indwelt Christian’s willingness to join in on the fellowship happening between the Holy Spirit from within and Christ Himself. Jesus Christ is clear about how He jealously desires the Spirit that He has made to dwell within us (James 4:5). All Bridal members of Christ are given the gift of partaking in this divine, holy fellowship and intimacy that exists between God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is what it means to share in His holiness (Heb. 12:10). Worthy (Christ and Man) The term “worthy” means to inherit what one deserves due to His worth. The only being of eternity that deserves this kind of label is that of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When converts shout out, “Worthy are You, Lord,” they are saying there is none other that has deserving worth. Yield and Yielded The term “yielded” literally means, “generated.” To yield is to open the passageway of generation. If we understand the significance of being born-again, we will know that the unsaved person has an unregenerate spirit before God. Once a person becomes saved, their spirit is re-generated. Yielding is critical for this process. An individual cannot become yielded (generated) until this happens.


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List all relationships in which you have conflict and the ways you tend to “control” these individuals.

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Go to God in prayer and admit the following: Admit your sin of trying to play God

Confess your “standard” expressions

Confess the list of ways in which you attempt to decide what is “good” and “evil”

Confess the ways you attempt to control people

Confess the ways you step outside of the boundaries of God

Accept His forgiveness for you and then, spend some time praising Him for your healing

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1. Pray before you go any further with this action page. 2. Write out a statement regarding your thoughts and feelings about the rejection cycle.

3. List the items on diagram R-103 that apply to you. 4. List the items on diagram R-104 that express how you tend to reject others.

5. List the items on diagram R-105 that reveals how you tend to reject God. 6. Bring the three lists before God. Repent for believing what others and self have said is true vs. God; how you reject others; and finally, how you tend to reject God. Accept His forgiveness and release Him to use the rejection to grow you in Christ.

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Key Truth: External/Internal Indwelt Christians need to be delivered from the deception that life is found externally in things, or people, or in Christian service. If believers do not know which external things or people that motivate them to change by self-effort, they cannot yield these idols to Christ for absolute deliverance and identity exchange. Key Verse 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

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To identify the idols in his/her life that need to be confessed. Christ is inviting us to admit to God that our focus has been in the wrong direction and that He wants to rule our lives through the great exchange of “Not I, but Christ.”


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Call a friend for advice before going to Christ. Turn to food, drugs, and other externals to fill the vacuum. Try to figure it out with your own mind. Turn to external “self-help” resources to “figure it out.” Buy something to distract you from the pain. Get more education to solve the problem. Get angry or become a “control freak” to get results. Work harder to overcome. Get overly busy to try to forget the real problem. Give money, time, and effort to soothe your conscience. Get divorced or get a new spouse. Move from church to church until you find an “ear tickler.” Sleeping to escape the overwhelming circumstances.

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ACTION

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1. Pray before you go any further with this action page. 2.

Make a list of all the externals noted in diagram E/I-100 that you tend to find fulfillment.

3. Make a list of all the noted externals, by placing them in two columns – negative (problem areas) and positive (not a problem). 4. On diagram E/I-101, list the items with which you tend to stay busy, distracting you from the release of Christ in you. 5. Take these three lists, bring them before God, and repent for attempting to find fulfillment or significance in each of these items. Accept His forgiveness (for such acts of idolatry) and ask for the sweet release of the Life of Christ in and though you, by means of the representation of the Holy Spirit. For the next 10 days, meditate on these identity statements:

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God does not honor or support self-effort Christ desires to work through me There is no life in external people, places, or things Christ can live through me in spite of the external Looking internally to Christ is the way, truth, and life The fruit of the Spirit is the manifestations of Christ Fruit is a result – not an action to practice Releasing Christ to wear the crown is life Studying the Word is essential to growth in Christ

Study these verses: Ecc. 1:14; 2:1-11; Jer. 2:13; 2 Cor. 4:16-18; Gal. 5:22-23; and Col. 3:1-4.

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Key Truth: Problems Indwelt Christians need problems! God allows problems or trials in our lives to bring us to the end of our self-life, or to an issue in which we are being selfish. God has a purpose for all conflict and difficulties, for it is certain to lead us to the inward life of Christ. For the unsaved, it could lead them to the great exchange – Salvation.

Key Verse Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

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With Christ’s assistance, identifying the areas in the indwelt Christian’s life that are stealing their rest and die to it; and thanking God for the trials, issues, and/or people which are possible contributors.


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ACTION

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1. Pray before you go any further with this action page.

2. Make a list of all the “PROBLEMS” in your life that come to mind.

3. Write a summary statement regarding diagram PP-101.

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Now write a summary statement for PP-102 & PP-103.

5. Make a list of each and every item coming to mind, for which you are able to thank God. – PP-104.

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Matthew 16:25a

James 3:16

SELF-COMMENDATION 2 Cor. 10:17-18

SELF-OCCUPATION Phil. 2:4

SELF-PLEASING Rom. 15:1-3

SELF-CONDEMNATION Rom. 8:1

SELF-DEFENSIVENESS Gen. 3:11

SELF-PITY SELF-DESTRUCTION Phi. 3:19

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Upward Spiral

Christ As Life

John 15:16

OUTREACH Matt. 28:19-20

SPIRITUAL FREEDOM Gal. 5:1

MATURE LOVE 1 John 4:11-12

EXPECTATIONS FROM GOD Psalm 62:5

WORSHIP & PRAISE Psalm 50:23

CROSS-BEARING DENY SELF Luke 9:23 End of Self-Life

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DISCERNING THE FLESH TEST YOUR MOTIVES: Proverbs 18:1 Are my decisions to benefit my FLESH? • Am I doing it for my self-interest? (Phil. 2:3-4) • Is it against God’s Word? (Ps. 119:11) • Is it contrary to those in authority? (Rom. 13:1; Heb. 13:17) • Am I feeling frustrated, angry, or fearful? (Gal. 5:16-21) • Is there a lack of contentment and of God’s peace? (1 Tim. 6:6) If so, the result is DEATH, LOSS, AND CORRUPTION!

If so, the result is LIFE, PEACE, AND GRACE!

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Are my decisions through the Spirit from within? • Am I doing it in and through Christ? (2 Cor. 5:15) • Am I acknowledging God’s sovereign control in everything and trusting Him to work things out through me? (Rom. 8:28) • Am I confident that Christ is in control? (Gal. 5:1) • Am I free from self-condemnation? (Rom. 8:28)


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ACTION 1.

Pray before you go any further with this action page.

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Make a list of all decisions coming to mind you know lead to self-life results.

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Now make a list of all the decisions that produced a release of Christ Life from within.

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In your own words, write out a summary statement of the downward spiral.

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Look up all the verses listed in the downward spiral diagram.

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Write a summary statement regarding the upward spiral of the Christ’s Life diagram.

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Look up all the verses listed in the upward spiral diagram.

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Study these verses: Gen. 3:11-13; Deut. 30:19-20; Psalm 50:23; 62:5; 119:11; Isaiah 53:6; Hosea 10:13; Jonah 4:8; Matt. 16:24; 28:19-20; Luke 9:23; John 15:16; Rom. 8:1, 5-8, 28; 13:1; 15:1-3; 2 Cor. 5:15; 10:17-18; Gal. 5:1, 16-21; 6:7-8; Phil. 2:3-4; 3:19; Heb. 13:17; 1 Tim. 6:6; James 3:16; and 1 John 4:11-12.


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Key Truth: Repentance Indwelt Christians need to repent often. Sin cannot be ignored in the life of and indwelt believer. When we turn away from God and sin, we must turn back to Him through repentance. Forgiveness is an act of Jesus Christ that is to be claimed and not “begged.” His final act of forgiveness is eternal and forever lasting: past, present, and future.

Key Verse Romans 8:9 – “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”

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To teach the design and function of the Natural Man (unsaved), the Spiritual Man (saved), and the Carnal Man (believer walking AFTER their flesh). To help identify where believers are currently walking after their flesh, come to an honest appraisal, and repent. Through this, the believer can walk in the Spirit.


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GOD’S WAY MY WAY

HONEST APPRAISAL

Psalm 119:59 Luke 15:11-24

CHANGE IN CHARACTER

CHANGE OF MIND CHANGE OF WILL CHANGE OF FEELINGS CHANGE OF CONDUCT CONFESSION & RESTITUTION

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CONSIDERING Considering your way begins with an HONEST APPRAISAL. HONEST APPRAISAL leads to as clear a statement as is possible for you to make, as WHAT IS: that is, what the TRUTH is about your own purposes, motives, methods, and patterns – without the varnish of self-protection, without enhancing or guarding your reputation, and without using devious means to maintain personal objectives. One difficulty encountered is that of avoiding, or procrastination. Honest appraisal must be undertaken, in obedience to Christ in you, without waiting for the feelings to line up. Honesty requires

facing the Truth.

The purpose of HONEST APPRAISAL is to bring about in you a heart of cooperation in line with the Holy Spirit, in which change of MIND, change of WILL, and change of feelings may follow.

HONEST APPRAISAL leads to TURNING. † Quit doing what you are doing † Choose to appropriate the Life of Christ in you to empower right decisions. † Admit your sin(s) to the Lord and thank Him for forgiveness. † Admit your wrong to those you offended and seek their forgiveness. (see Reconciliation chapters) † Make restitution, when necessary. † Walk in the freedom of who Christ is in you and your identity in Christ. † Make a decision to be a person of repentance, forgiveness, and restitution.

Note: Forgiveness is a onetime price paid by Christ on the Cross. Therefore, do not ask, beg, or attempt to convince Christ of forgiving you. Simply accept His forgiveness!

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The following items are suggested: 1. Pray specifically for God to reveal your “own way” or your self-life. 2. Wait upon God, listen to Him. Record what God reveals. 3. Allow yourself no excuses, rationalizations, or alibis.

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ACTION Pray before you go any further with this action page.

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HONEST APPRAISAL leads to as clear a statement as is possible for you to make, as WHAT IS: that is, what the TRUTH is about your own purposes, motives, methods, and patterns – without the varnish of self-protection, without enhancing or guarding your reputation, and without using devious means to maintain personal objectives. One difficulty encountered is that of avoiding, or procrastination. Honest appraisal must be undertaken, in obedience to Christ in you, without waiting for the feelings to line up. Honesty requires facing the Truth. The purpose of HONEST APPRAISAL is to bring about in you a heart of cooperation in line with the Holy Spirit in which change of MIND, change of WILL, and change of feelings may follow.

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Go to the Lord, asking Him to reveal any and all ways you have been choosing to walk after the flesh – “my own way.” Write down what He says.

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Key Truth: Identity Matters An indwelt Christian is a new creation. The born-again believer has been given a regenerate spirit – that of Christ Jesus. The “old self,” “old man,” or “old nature,” has been crucified with Christ and is to be considered dead and gone. Meaning and purpose in life should now flow from this new identity.

Key Verse Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

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To reveal our true and heavenly purpose of demonstrating the very Life of Christ through our mind, will, emotions, and body. It is in and through our new identity that believers have a new intimacy, indwelt obedience, dependence, and love relationship with Christ from within.


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LIFE OF CHRIST: • His Mind • His Will • His Emotions • His Spirit • His Overflow

SPIRIT LIFE OF CHRIST: • His Mind • His Will • His Emotions • His Spirit • His Overflow

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LIFE OF FLESH: • MY Mind • MY Will • MY Emotions • MY Life • MY WAY

SOUL EXCHANGED: • His Mind • His Will • His Emotions • His Spirit • His Overflow

DEFILED BODY: • Sin • Brokenness • Illnesses • Fast Aging • Corrupt

BODY

LIVING DEATH ACTION

CHRIST’S TEMPLE: • Yielded to Him • Owned by Him • Used by Him • Disciplined • Christ’s Vessel

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“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”


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ACTION 1.

DONE

Pray before you go any further with this action page.

2. Write a statement on how your emotions determine whether or not you’re having a good day. 3. Write out a summary statement on how your life experience would change if you lived according to Christ’s Life within you and what He says is true about you vs. what your flesh continues to say. 4. In your own words, answer these questions: What did you learn about yourself?; What does it mean to be “IN” Adam?; What did you learn about sin?; Are you a sinner or a saint?; What does it mean to be “IN” Christ? 5.

Re-write Galatians 2:20, replacing the “I” with your name.

6. Write a summary statement on why what Christ says about you will affect your soul and body. 7.

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Study these verses: Prov. 3:7-8; John 5:24, 8:32, 10:28; Rom. 5:12, 6:6, 10:13, 12:1; 1 Cor. 1:30, 6:13, 9:27; 2 Cor. 4:10, 5:17-2; Gal. 2:20, 5:1; Eph. 1:4, 6; 4:17-18; Phil. 4:6-7; Col. 1:13, 2:10; Heb. 13:8, 4;12; 1 Thess. 5:23; 1 John 5:13; and Rev. 3:20.


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Key Truth: Righteousness Indwelt Christians need to stop living for acceptance from others and begin living from the acceptance given through Christ. He accepts the believer as righteous. As each convert walks in their new identity, their mind is being renewed and they will then believe what Christ says about them is true, in order to make the choice to walk in and after the Spirit.

Key Verse Romans 5:19 - "For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.”

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It is imperative we show all indwelt believers where they are placing their faith and works – in and through the Life of Christ or by means of self-effort (which produces more unrighteous-ness).


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Void of Identity In Christ

Course of Relationship

Rom. 5:19 Romans 15:7 Phil. 3:9 Gen. 25:30-34 2 Peter 1:9

INCIDENT

(After the Flesh)

Goes On With Life

Fall Out:

Unforgiving Grudge Bearing Avoids/Detaches Payback Rejects Pride Fake Christianity

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Seared Conscience

WORLD FLESH SATAN

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Chooses Truth Delayed Awareness of Identity In Christ

Prior Awareness of Identity In Christ

Course of Relationship

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RESPOND After the Spirit Identity Confirmed (Growth In Grace)

Acts 7:55-60 1 Cor. 4:1-4

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Heb. 12:1-2 Duet. 30:19

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A CHOICE IS BASED ON GOD’S TRUTH, INTERNALLY & EXTERNALLY, EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT SEEM TO BE TRUE, SO THAT WHAT IS TRUE ABOUT ME ALREADY MAY BECOME TRUE IN MY DAILY EXPERIENCE. FAITH IS THE PROCESS OF BRINGING WHAT IS IN THE UNSEEN (SPIRIT WITHIN) INTO THE SEEING WORLD, THROUGH CHRIST AS LIFE LIVING.

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I am a child of God – born of God.

John 1:12-13

In Christ

I am being saved by His Life.

Romans 5:10

In Christ

I am free from condemnation.

Romans 8:1

In Christ

I am an heir of God, joint heir with Christ.

Romans 8:17

In Christ

I am a Saint.

Romans 8:27

In Christ

I am accepted.

Romans 15:17

In Christ

I am a possessor of the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:16

In Christ

I am a new creature.

2 Corinthians 5:17

In Christ

I am the Righteousness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21

Action:

In Christ

I am blessed with every spiritual blessing.

Ephesians 1:3

In Christ

I am adopted as God’s child.

Ephesians 1:5

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In Christ

I am God’s workmanship created for good works.

Ephesians 2:10

In Christ

I am a member of God’s household.

Ephesians 2:19

In Christ

I am a citizen of Heaven.

Philippians 3:20

In Christ

I am holy and blameless and beyond reproach.

Colossians 1:22

In Christ

I am complete [perfect].

Colossians 2:10

In Christ

I am alive and forgiven of all my sins.

Colossians 2:13

In Christ

I am a member of a royal priesthood.

1 Peter 2:9

In Christ

I am a partaker of God’s divine nature.

2 Peter 1:4

In Christ

I am given eternal life today.

1 John 5:11-13

In Christ

I am released from my sins.

Revelation 1:5

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Read each verse aloud Say to God, “I believe” -after each reading Thank Christ for each of these gifts Repeat this as often as your heart is in need Copy this action page and hand it out to others Considering memorizing some or all of these passages Hang this page on the refrigerator – we call it our “refrigerator page”

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Key Truth: Extending Forgiveness Indwelt Christians are required by God to forgive as they have been forgiven. We must forgive anyone who has hurt us and against whom we hold anything. Freedom from anger and pain can come by extending forgiveness before God in prayer.

Key Verse

Colossians 3:13 - “Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”

Goals in Discipleship It is imperative we show all indwelt believers the power of forgiveness. It should be our goal to identify any and all individuals who have hurt those we are discipling and to reveal the details of how to extend forgiveness in prayer. 222

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Proverbs 14:3; 11:2

Person #1 Fake Harmony Another Incident

Proverbs 21:24; 16:18

Another Incident

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Proverbs 15:25; 29:23

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FORGIVING OTHERS Purpose Statement Offering forgiveness, in and through Christ, to those who have hurt you is one of the most freeing actions you can demonstrate here on earth. This homework assignment will include listing: the act, your hurt, the ramifications, and your sinful reactions to the way the offender hurt you. Once you have done this, you will need to depend upon the Eternal Forgiver who lives and indwells you – Christ. If you are not a Christian (never have asked Christ into your life), these actions will be temporary and not eternal.

Offering Forgiveness Is Not . . . It is not “acting” as if it does not bother you anymore. It is not disregarding, tolerating, excusing, overlooking, or closing your eyes to the wrong another person has done against you. It is not “letting time pass” after the offense has been committed. It is not “forgetting” or “pretending” that the offense happened. It is not “resigning” yourself to the other person’s actions by saying, “Oh well, it’s just the way he/she is.”

Key Statement: Forgiveness is functioning with another as if he or she never committed the offense in the first place. Without true forgiveness, you will stay resentful; lack in joy; and act offended any time you see, hear of, or meet someone who reminds you of this offender.

Process of Offering Forgiveness

Scriptures to consider: Psalm 62:8: Luke 6:37; Romans 2:1; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Colossians 3:8, 12-13; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 5:7; and 1 John 1:9.

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1. Make four lists. Column #1: List how the offender hurt you. Column #2: List how you felt regarding the hurt. Column #3: List the ramifications. Column #4: List your sinful reactions to the offense. 2. Admit to God how you felt regarding the offense. 3. Admit to God you have been holding this person guilty for this act. 4. Admit to God your reactions to this offense, and the person, are sin. 5. Claim God’s forgiveness for your reactions (sin). 6. Extend forgiveness, in prayer before God, for the hurt this person has caused you. 7. Put the offender in God’s hands and join Him in doing what He wants to bring healing. 8. By choice, your feelings most likely will not match. Live each day as a free man. 9. Agree with God that you are willing to be reconciled to the offender and allow Him to love the offender through you.


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Offense

Hurt

Ramifications

Reactions

Sample: Lied to me

Felt Deceived

Broken Trust

Pushed for Truth

Sample: Adultery

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Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)

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Test Of Forgiveness 1. Do you still see the offender as not guilty? 2. Are you sincerely thanking God for the lessons learned during the pain (Rom. 8:28-29)? 3. Can you talk about your hurt without getting angry, without feeling resentful, and without the slightest thought of revenge (Eph. 4:31)? 4. Do you have a willingness to accept your part of the blame for what happened? 5. Can you revisit the scene or the person(s) involved in your hurt without experiencing a negative reaction?

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6. Are you rewarding with good those who have hurt you (Rom. 12:2021)?


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Extending Forgiveness – Offense and Hurt “Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority, so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.” 2 Corinthians 2:6-7 PRAYER

Lord Jesus, I have sinned against You, the Heavenly Father, and ___________ (person who offended you) by harboring resentment, hurtfulness, and bitterness for his/her offense against me. Please cleanse me from these sins. I now unconditionally forgive ____________ for the wrong/s (list out before God) committed against me. I ask You would reclaim all ground in my life, which Satan’s kingdom has claimed against me, because of my unforgiveness and bitterness. In the name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit, I stand against any lies and powers of darkness, which were assigned against me because of my unforgiving ways. I submit myself to You and ask that You turn me into a vessel of forgiveness.

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I choose now to love ______with Your love, acceptance, and forgiveness. I offer myself up to You as a living sacrifice, to be used by You to rebuild the relationship if You deem it necessary. I pray You would empower me with the strength I need to go to ______and seek their forgiveness for my part of the offense and for my reactions. I ask You would cover me with the power of Your grace and mercy. It is in the Forgiver’s name (Jesus Christ) I pray – Amen.


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REPENTANCE – Ramifications and Reactions “When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, ‘Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life’” (Acts 11:18, emphasis added). PRAYER Heavenly Father, I praise Your name for the grace that has come to me through the Lord, Jesus Christ. I rejoice in the victory, which You have provided for me to live above sin and failure. I come before You in confession and to plead Your mercy over my own sins. I confess my sins of lukewarmness, apathy, and worldliness. I specifically confess my sin of ___________ (list all the known sins that have bound you – adultery, drug abuse, etc.). I acknowledge before You the wickedness of the worldly environment by which I have allowed myself to be influenced. I accept Your forgiveness and mercy for the sins I have committed against You. I plead the sufficiency of the blood of Christ to meet the full penalty of what my sins deserve. I claim back the ground in my life, which I have given over to Satan by believing the enemy’s deception. In the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, I resist all of Satan’s activity to hold me blind and cause me to function in darkness. Exercising my authority, which is given to me in my union with the Lord, Jesus Christ, I pull down the strongholds, which the kingdom of darkness has formed against me. I smash, break, and destroy all those plans formed against my mind, will, emotions, and body. I destroy in prayer the spiritual blindness and deafness that Satan has kept upon me. I invite the Holy Spirit of God to bring the fullness of His power to convict, to bring me to further repentance, and to lead me into faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ. I claim the Truth that Satan has no power to blind me from Your Truth.

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I thank You for bringing me under conviction, for leading me to pray this prayer of repentance, and for answering my prayer of deliverance. In the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, I joyfully lay this prayer before You in the worthiness of Christ and the completed work on the Cross. Amen.


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Key Truth: Seeking Forgiveness Indwelt Christians are required by God to go and seek forgiveness from all those whom they have offended - by direct actions of hurt or reactions from being hurt by the offender. It is a vital part of the indwelling Life of Christ to show observers how Christ can forgive through believers.

Key Verse Matthew 5:23-24: “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.”

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It is imperative we show all indwelt believers how Christ forgives in and through them. This lesson will walk believers through the 12 keys found in the Word, regarding the steps to seeking forgiveness from others.


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Galatians 6:7-9

Sowing to the Flesh

Unreconciled Conflicts

Reaping Corruption

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Withdrawal Despair Anger Fears Anxiety Sleepless Obsessive Bad Thoughts Abuse Guilt Unforgiveness

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Galatians 6:7-9

Sowing to the Spirit

Reconciling Past or New Conflicts

Reaping Life

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Orderly life Godly responses Loving others Mind of Christ Peace Freedom No Guilt Confident in Him Christ as Life Peace with Men Inner security Fruit of Spirit Forgiving

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Purpose Statement Humility breeds freedom. When someone chooses to seek the forgiveness of someone they have hurt, they provide an opportunity to demonstrate the power of Christ’s forgiveness. It is a great way to reveal the gospel. Seeking forgiveness is simply this; honestly reviewing how you hurt another by words, actions or lack of action. It is going to that person (preferably in person) and saying, “I was wrong” for whatever you did to create pain in their lives – then asking for their forgiveness. Forgiveness is “giving freedom before the offended has the opportunity to unveil bitterness.”

Seeking Forgiveness Is Not . . . It is not going to another to “put things behind you” or “get the monkey off your back”. It is not “smoothing over” what you did and it is certainly not bringing up their actions that “caused” you to hurt them. It is humbling yourself before them, confessing your sin and not considering their sin, or hurt, done unto you.

Process of Seeking Forgiveness 1.

Make three lists. Column one, who you hurt. Column 2: how you hurt them. Column 3, how you acted toward them after you hurt them. See example: Who I Hurt Mom

How I Hurt Them Told her to “bite a rock”

How I “Act” Toward Them † Avoided her † Gossiped about her † Skipped over birthdays † Refused to return calls † Etc.

Make sure you “extend forgiveness” before God if they hurt you. Pray through the “Seeking Forgiveness” list. Rehearse what and how you are going to say it. Reject any defense, excuses, or blame. Pray and get counsel for the “right timing.” Call the person to set a time. The phone conversation should go something like this; Mom, I am calling to find a time to get with you regarding seeking your forgiveness for some things I believe I have done to hurt you. What is the best time for you? 8. If they want to do it on the phone, delay. Plead to do this in person. If they refuse to meet with you in person or circumstances dictate that you can’t, ask for a phone time that is best for them. 9. When the meeting starts, thank them for allowing you to do this. 10. Go down column two and three and say “I was wrong for _________________, would you forgive me for this?” Wait for the answer and repeat this process until you have completed the list. 11. At the end of the meeting, thank them again. Now ask them is there anything you can do to assist in restoring the relationship. If the request is reasonable, do what they ask of you. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Key Truth: Rest, Abide, and Walk Indwelt Christians should have a passion and desire to come to Christ when they are weary and heavyhearted. Jesus wants to give His Bride rest, when we feel stressed or not. We need to have a Christ as Life view of life and not a self-focused view. We should not allow anything or anyone to steal our rest – that’s idolatry. We need to admit when we are not resting and ask Him to manifest His peace through us.

Key Verse Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.”

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It is imperative that we bring all those to whom we are ministering into a place of rest. Help each to live IN the present and in obedience. Confront the self-focused view and challenge them to shift to the view of “Christ is their life and He lives through them.”


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Philippians 2:5-8 Matthew 11:28-30 ARE YOU WEARY and BURDENED? • Come unto Him. • Embrace Him. • Learn from Him. † He is meek. † He is lowly.

MEEKNESS IS TO GIVE UP WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY YOURS. • • • • • •

He became of no reputation. He became a slave. He humbled Himself. He gave up His life. He became our life. He is the fullness of power.

Philippians 2:3-4 LOWLY IS GIVING UP SELF INTEREST.

He regarded other people as more important. He regarded the interests of others as more important.

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Continued… Hebrews 4:9-11

WE ARE COMMANDED TO REST

• There remains a Sabbath rest for God’s people. • The one who rests has rested (ceased) from His works. • Therefore, labor (be diligent) to enter into His rest from within. Isaiah 40:28-31

GOD IS IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE

• God does not grow weary or get tired. • He gives strength to the weary. • Those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength.

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John 15:1-2 • Jesus is the Vine. • The Father is the Vinedresser and you are the branches. • He desires the branches to be fruitful. John 15:2-9

HOW DO YOU BEAR FRUIT?

• The branch (you) cannot bear fruit on its own. • You must abide in the Vine (Christ in you). • You must abide in His love within you. John 15:10-11

• Keep His commands (this is about relationship – not commandments ). • Your joy will be full! • Christ will live and function through you.

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Galatians 5:16-17 When we walk after and in the Spirit (sap), it is impossible to sin. The flesh opposes the Sprit. The Spirit opposes the flesh. You cannot fulfill the desire of the flesh while walking by the Spirit. The sap is the Life juice (Spirit) that is in Christ. The sap flows out of the Father into Christ and out of Christ into the believer (branch). • The human body (temple of Holy Spirit) is used for production of fruit of the Spirit. • The Vinedresser, the Vine, and the branches are all required elements of God’s design to get the fruit to the unsaved world. • • • • • •

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Jeremiah 29:11-12 Matt. 6:25-34 John 14:21

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Self-Life View Does God seem so small that you are unable to trust Him? Fact: you see most clearly what is closest to you – so you decide. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Christ-Life View

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Viewing your worldview and its problems, circumstances, and feelings through Christ in you – making use of His view.


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ACTION 1.

Pray before you go any further with this action page.

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Write out a paragraph stating your summary of the message of Rest, Abide, and Walk.

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List the “people, places, and things” that get in the way of you choosing to rest in Christ.

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4. Now list direct actions of rebellion (purposeful resistance) you use to avoid doing what God says. After doing this, take the list to the Lord and appropriate His forgiveness and restitution.

5. Look up Isa. 43:18. List the memories you tend to call to mind and ponder on. Give the list to the Lord in prayer. Tell Him you join Christ in His commitment to not make a habit of this in the future.

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Write a summary statement why Christ’s worldview will affect every area of your life.

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If you haven’t already, consider praying the “Self-Life Prayer” in the appendix section of this manual.

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Study these verses: Psalm 119:59; Isaiah 40:28-31; Jer. 29:11-12; Matt. 5:23-24; 6:25-34, 11:28-30; John 14:21, 15:1-11; 2 Cor. 4:17-18; Galatians 5:16-17; Eph. 4:32, 5:20; Phil. 2:2-8; and Heb. 4:9-11, 12:2.


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Key Truth: Love Life Indwelt Christians should consider the other person more important than themselves. Dependency upon Christ within will bring a Life of obedience, which will sprout the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and selfcontrol. Each will overflow into the lives of others.

Key Verse 1 Timothy 1:5 - “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

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It is essential we see if those we are ministering to understand all the Truths of Christ as Life and why their Identity Matters. We need to assist in focusing their desires on obeying God and giving the Life of Christ away to others. This is all accomplished though each believer accepting their identity in Christ.


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Life and Fruit of Spirit

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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Pure Heart Phil. 2:3

Genuine Faith Col. 2:7-8

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