(A) What do we mean by “identity”? – Our identity in Christ, Romans 8:15-16 = “sons” - The apple of Gods eye – as honoured and valuable to God as Christ himself - The very righteousness of God
Think back over time and remember the words (prophecies, “rhema” words, words of encouragement from people
(B) How have they helped you:
(i) with your identity? (who you are in Christ, where you are going, your direction in life, etc)
(ii) in shaping the way you live? ( habits that need breaking, embracing some things, letting go of others, etc)
(iii) in your relationships? God? Family? Work?
Read Gen 49:22-24 - Even with all the setbacks encountered by Joseph, He held on to the word God gave him and came into the fullness of blessing.
(C) How do setbacks (disappointments, discouragement, negative words)
(i) Hinder our growth?
(ii) Help our growth? (Both answers depend on attitude)
(D) Knowing that the “heroes of the faith” experienced opposition and resistance, what encouragement can we take from the life of Joseph?
(E) Which of these do you need to grow in?
(i) Godly character
(ii) Militant spirit
(iii) Miracles – increase of supernatural
(iv) Spirit life – flow of anointing
(v) Soul winning
(D) What aspects of your attitudes and/or lifestyle need to change in order to establish these?
(E) What steps will you take this week in order to bring about these changes?