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Momentum - Learning to Come to Grips with the Real You, Part 1

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July 10, 2024 6:00 am

Momentum - Learning to Come to Grips with the Real You, Part 1

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July 10, 2024 6:00 am

Do you ever lay awake at night and wonder, "Who am I, REALLY?" Chip shares the answer to that question and reveals how to discover coming to grips with the real you.

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  1. Moses’ journey reveals how to come to grips with the real you. - Exodus 2-4
  2. Moses’ reluctant trust in Gods’ promises and God’s character was his “baby steps” to a sober self-assessment.
  3. Moses’ life reveals that a sober self-assessment is a prerequisite to fulfill our divine assignment. - Ephesians 3:20; Romans 12:3; Ephesians 2:10
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Chip Ingram’s passion is helping Christians really live like Christians. As a pastor, author, and teacher for more than three decades, Chip has helped believers around the world move from spiritual spectators to healthy, authentic disciples of Jesus by living out God’s truth in their lives and relationships in transformational ways.

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Have you ever laid awake at night and wondered, who am I really?

I mean, when all the lights go out, when there's no one to impress, no expectations to manage, do you ever ask yourself, who am I and why am I here? The answer to that question is going to be found in today's message. Stick around. Welcome to this Edition of Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram. The mission of these daily programs is to intentionally disciple Christians through the Bible teaching of Chip Ingram. And you know, for centuries, people have been asking that question Chip just posed, who am I? Sadly, many are desperately seeking that answer out of frustration or despair. But today, as we pick up in our series Momentum, Chip's going to give us some hope by explaining why this isn't just a philosophical question without an answer. We have a divine purpose from God, and he's ready to tell us what it is. So if you're ready, here's Chip with his message, Learning to Come to Grips with the Real You, from Exodus chapter two.

We're going to ask and answer a very personal question that we all unconsciously under the surface are always asking, but often it never comes up to the front. And that is this, who do you really think you are? Not what you want other people think you are.

Not what you think other people think you are. But I mean when you take off, whether it's the makeup or the job or the success or the hurts or the pain or the abuse, and you peel away all the stuff and you look in not just to the mirror, but the mirror of your soul, who are you? Who do you think you are? The question is not an easy one to answer as there are many factors and many people who try to tell us who we are. To complicate matters, our desperate longing for approval drives us to seek and to look and act and be what we think others want rather than discover who we really are.

I'd like to tell you that if you're like over 50 or over 40 or over 60, you won't have to deal with this, but you will grapple with this all the days of your life. Who are you really? And how clear you get on answering that question, how accurately we'll determine the quality of your relationships and the contentment.

You see an awful lot of people are doing a lot of stuff in lots of areas looking for peace and contentment because down deep they don't know who they are and if the truth is known they don't like who they are. It raises the question, so how do we come up? What factors develop this kind of invisible picture, this MRI we have of who we really are?

I mean, how do we get that? Our family background, our environment, our personalities, the significant others, role models from our childhood, the values and belief systems we were taught, all play a critical role in the formation of our identity. So just when you list those it gets pretty complex.

You want to have fun with some people that you like and you trust and have a great discussion, just sit down over coffee sometime this week and say, who are the top three people, and you know, for good or bad, in the top three major events that shape the snapshot that comes out. This is down deep who you really think you are. So here's the question I want to tackle with you.

So, who are you really? If you open your teaching notes, we're going to jump in to Exodus and we're going to get some answers. We're going to look at the life of a man named Moses who had quite a journey trying to figure out who he was. At one point he thought way too high of himself, almost blew it.

At another point he thought way too low of himself and almost blew it. Because here's the key, here's the one thing you need to understand. If you don't get a sober self-assessment and understand who you really are, not who you want to be or not who you think you are, you will never fulfill the divine calling God has for you. God made you in a certain way. You need to know who that actually is because you're made for a purpose. You are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good work. A good work that he has for you that before the foundations of the earth, he's got a job for you that will be the most thrilling, the most fulfilling and the most impactful. And he made you in a certain way to fulfill that. But if you don't know who you are, you'll miss it.

Moses almost missed it. Notice as we open it up, it says, Moses' journey reveals how to come to grips with the real you. And you know, I want to underline the word journey. This is a journey. This isn't like, oh, I really now know who I am. I got it all down. I went to one service.

It was great. Moses' parents, childhood, education and experiences were God's preparation for him to fulfill his divine design. As you look in Exodus, look at chapter 2.

I love the way this opens up. For those of you maybe like me that didn't grow up in the church and I never opened the Bible and I didn't know a lot of these stories, the children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt for about 400, 430 years. And Joseph was the great deliverer and then he died and then there were a bunch of pharaohs that came and now they don't remember who Joseph is and here's all they know.

They got all these Hebrew slaves and there's so many of them, they're afraid that these Hebrew slaves are going to have a revolt and take over Egypt. And so they decide, you know what, the boys got to die. So if you have a little boy, you know, infanticide. We kill all the little boys, the girls are okay. And then you get this story of these parents.

Notice chapter 2. During this time, a man and a woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw what a beautiful baby he was and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she put a little basket made of papaya reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch and she put the baby in a basket and laid it among the reeds along the edge of the Nile River. The baby's sister then stood at a distance watching to see what would happen and then later we find that the baby gets adopted and he grows up as the prince of Egypt. And he has the best of education, the best of food, the best of everything and he becomes this very powerful leader. Now, it's interesting, what I like about this is as we open chapter 2, during this time, how would you like your biography to read like this?

A man and a woman. I mean, when God is going to introduce probably the key character of the Old Testament and he wants to know the lineage, when he wants to know what kind of pedigree, what kind of platform, where do you come from, what's your DNA? Well, this guy came from a man and a woman.

I think that's there for purpose. I'd like you to observe that a lot went into his life. He had parents that were godly, they were willing to risk their life rather than kill him. He had parents that were risk takers, they had faith. He had parents who will learn because of what he does later that was whispering in his ear who God was, Yahweh, the promises, the deliverance. And then he had parents that were willing to say, you know what, if this is God's will for you to live in Pharaoh's house, then so be it.

And here's what you need to understand. Your parents, your background, your physical DNA, some hardships you went through as a kid, some difficulty, your birth order, whether you were first or second or third or sixth in the family, God sovereignly uses your parents, your background, the lows, the highs, the difficulties, the pain, the experience, all of that for a sovereign God is preparing you for your Ephesians 2 10 divine assignment. Moses would need to know all about Egypt and Pharaoh and the gods and how they thought and how they worked when he would deliver later. Moses would need a great education.

Moses would need great parentage to be a risk taker and be willing to do something. All those factors made a big difference in his life. Now, I majored in psych and undergraduate and graduate work along with changing my majors and some other things, but at least it's been helpful to observe life. And when I begin to look back, and I encourage you to do this, not in some sort of, oh, I'm a victim. I came out of this background. Oh, I've been through this difficult times.

I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about looking at your family of origin realistically and realizing a lot of that made you who you are. You know, I mean, and I don't know about you, my dad's name was not Jesus. My mom's name was not Mary.

I mean, they were great people. My dad's dad died when he was 13. My dad at 16 and a half was in Guam, Iwo Jima. He went through horrendous things.

He had nightmares until he died at 85, 86. And my dad loved me. He just didn't know how to express it.

But I had to learn, okay, my dad really loved me, but the way he loved me was I want you to be successful because he thought being successful would make me happy. So when I got like four A's and a B, we had to talk about that B. When I went two for four in baseball, we had to talk about the two times I grounded out. Now look, son, here's what you understand. Look, you know, you pulled your head out. Don't put your foot in the bucket.

You know, you stay down on the ball. I mean, and I'm thinking, Dad, I got two hits. You know, when I got a degree, it was, well, that's real nice when you get your doctorate.

Could we like have a little party or just like celebrate this for like 34 seconds first? Now he loved me, and this is, and my dad was a great guy. But what I understand, built into not only the physical DNA God gave me, I came from a home where performance, excelling, and getting people's approval was the way it felt like love. Well, I had to deal with that. And I had to come to grips with my natural tendencies are a certain way. This is the family I came out of. This is the era that I grew up in. I grew up in the late 60s and the 70s, graduated from high school in the 70s. There were things going on in the world.

You need to think that through. What were the values? What were the beliefs? Who were my heroes?

And you don't have to overanalyze it, but you gotta get clear on it. I came to a little summary apart from Christ between my family background and the DNA that God sovereignly deposited in me. I grew up to be a highly motivated, deeply insecure, hardworking overachiever. Well, guess what? Now I know what I'm working with.

So what are you working with? I mean, it was sort of hard to come to grips with, man, you are insecure. I am, but what I learned is everybody else is, they just fake it different ways than I faked it. You are. For some of you, you're not an overachiever, you're an underachiever.

For some of you, your parents were laid back. I don't know what it is, but here's what you need to understand. You, Moses, parents, childhood, education, experiences were God's preparation. God wants to use it all for good.

He's in control. It's true of Moses. It's true of me.

And it's true of you. You're listening to Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram, and today's message is from our series, Momentum. If you've enjoyed Chip's teaching so far and are trying to apply it to your life, would you take a minute and share it with someone?

You can easily do that through the Chip Ingram app or by downloading the MP3s that you'll find at LivingOnTheEdge.org. Thanks for spreading the word about how series like this one impact you. Okay, let's get back to today's program. Second, Moses' warped view, he was too high of himself, prevented him from fulfilling God's purpose for his life. Look at Exodus 2, picking up at verse 11. Verse 11, it says, many years later, in the Bible, they skip years pretty quickly, so he went from baby to 40 years old. Moses had grown up and he went out to visit his people, the Israelites, and he saw how they were doing forced labor. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of the Hebrew slaves.

After looking around to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand. The next day, as Moses was out visiting his people again, I mean, he's, you know, he's got these roots, he's got these Hebrew concern, but you know, he is the prince, he is the man, he's the next guy for the throne, he's got the wherewithal, and he sees these two Hebrews arguing, what are you doing hitting your neighbor like that, Moses said, to the one that was in the wrong? And then get this line, I put this, I underlined this in my Bible, who do you think you are?

It's an interesting question, isn't it? Hey, who do you think you are? The man replied, who appointed you to be our prince and judge?

Do you plan to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday? Moses was badly frightened because he realized that everyone knew what he had done, and sure enough, when Pharaoh heard about it, he gave orders to have Moses arrested and killed, Moses fled from Pharaoh and escaped to the land of Midian. Moses thought too highly of himself.

Now here's what's interesting, and this is true of you and true of me, sometimes we get our assignment right, this is what I'm supposed to do, but we try and do it in our own energy. Moses basically says, here's what I put, he thought, I'm capable, I'm able, I'm educated, and guess what, I'm the prince, I'm the man. You know what, I call the shots here. I mean, there's Pharaoh, but I'm Moses, Moses. You know, right?

Hey, what are you guys doing? And so he had confidence in himself. His warped view was he had power, prestige, and his abilities, his education, and his background gave him the right to call the gods, and he tried to do God's will, and it was God's will, his way and his energy and his power, and because of that, this over-inflated view of who he was, he almost missed it.

That's true of us. I mean, you think, well, gosh, well, I mean, I got this education, and then I got that, and then I moved up, and then I did this, and I spent all these years, and I had this on my heart, I think my motives are right. I think Moses' motives were right, but boy, his methodology was wrong, and God had to teach him something, but sometimes we don't just have a too high view of ourselves that prevent us from fulfilling our divine calling. Sometimes it's too low, and so Moses' warped view, too low of himself, almost prevented him from fulfilling God's purpose for his life. I'm going to try and walk through very, very quickly Moses' too low view of himself, and he basically has four excuses, and you can read this later on your own, but I want you to pick it up, if you will, and in chapter three, Moses was one day, he's tending his flocks, he's been out with these sheep, he's got a new world, he's got a new wife, he thinks his life is over, he's hiding, and as he's out on this rocky terrain, he sees this bush, and the bush is on fire, but it's not burning, and the angel of the Lord is in the bush, and he comes near the bush, and the angel of the Lord speaks to Moses, and he says, you're on holy ground, he takes off the sandals, and he hides his face in his hands, and he's in the very presence of God, and he's overwhelmed, and what he's going to hear is, I've heard the cry of my people, and guess what? Those instincts to rescue them were right, and I'm going to use you to rescue them, I want you to go be my deliverer, now that's a real short overview of most of chapter three, and then a conversation picks up, and we pick it up in, oh, let's see, about verse 10, he says, now go, this is God speaking to Moses, for I'm sending you to Pharaoh, you will lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt. Now before, he was thinking, it's a snap, man, I got that covered, now listen to him, but Moses says, but who am I?

Interesting question, isn't it? Before they asked him, who do you think you are? And now it's like, well, who am I? Excuse, I'm a nobody, no one could ever use me, I'm a failure, I blew it, I mean, I don't, I'm nothing, how can you expect me to lead the Israelites out of Egypt? How many times a too low view of you has kept you from doing, you know, it might be a real small voice and God says, I want you to do this, I want you to introduce your neighbors to Christ, just have them over for dinner, well, who am I?

You know what, I want you to take this step, oh no, who am I? Then God told him, I will be with you, here's the solution to who am I, I'll be with you, and this will serve as proof that I sent you, when you've brought the Israelites out of Egypt, you'll be right here on this mountain in your worship. Somebody God says, hey, who you are is not important, what's really important is who am I, and that I'm gonna be with you. Well then we get excuse number two, Moses is not convinced, but he protested, if I go to the people of Israel and tell them the God of your ancestors has sent me, they won't believe me, they will ask which God are you talking about, what's his name, then what should I tell them? You know, excuse number one was, you know, I'm a nobody, excuse number two is that I'm not smart enough, I mean, they're gonna ask me questions, I don't know, I'll have these people over for dinner, if I talk to someone about the Lord here, or, you know, if I take this step of faith, I mean, I'm just not smart enough, I mean, I didn't go to the Bible college and stuff, or, you know, as one guy told me, I've never been to college at all.

I said, you run in this huge company, I'm not sure college was a really big deal for you, was it? Well, I know, but I'm sort of uncomfortable in those, often a too low view, I'm not smart enough, so how does God answer that? God replied, I am the one who always is, or literally, I am that I am, just tell them that I am, the ever-existent one is the idea. Ego ami, Jesus will quote this later in Greek when he talks to people who think he's claiming to be God, and he'll say before Abraham was I am, and he reaches back into this text, the Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, you tell him I've sent you. Now go, and call all the leaders of Israel, tell them, the Lord, the God of your ancestors, skip down to verse 18, he reassures him again, hey, you don't have to be smart enough, the leaders of the people of Israel, they're gonna accept your message, and then he says, I promise even the Egyptians will treat you well, when you leave, they'll give you silver and gold, and then we skip to chapter four and we get excuse number three, so God reassures him, I'll be with you, I'll take care of it, chapter four then, but Moses protested again, look, they won't believe me, they won't do what I tell them, they'll just say, the Lord never appeared to you. So, okay, let's see, I'm a nobody, so God can never use me, I'm not smart enough, no, I'm not credible, I mean, they're not gonna listen to me, I mean, I don't have the credentials, I don't have the platform, they'll never listen to me, and so God says, okay, wait, wait, Moses, tell you what, I authenticate people by just not what they need out there someday, some way, let me take something that's very common to you, you've used all your life, see that staff in your hand, yeah, yeah, put it on the ground, no, no, really, drop it down, so he drops it down, it becomes a snake, you know, so okay, I want you to grab it, this was probably very hard the very first time, I want you to grab this viper by the tail, he touches the tail, bam, it becomes a staff again, he said, so like, if you think you need credibility, what do you think about that one?

And I think Moses' facial expression is going, man, I'm not really sure that'll work, and so God says, okay, okay, okay, okay, that's plan A, plan B, if they don't listen to that, Moses, you know, that little robe you got on, put your hand in it, okay, yeah, good, okay, now pull it back out, ah, what is it, leprosy, oh my lands, he says, stick it back, pull it back out, it's gone, see, if they don't believe plan A about the staff, go with the hand, that is gonna be really powerful, and then by the way, if that's not good enough, we'll go to the Nile, I got a deal, we'll turn all of it into blood, here's what I want you to know, your credibility isn't the issue, you trust me and get your focus off yourself, and I'll take what you already have by my power and by my grace, and I'll use you in ways that you never dreamed. This is Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram, and you've been listening to part one of Chip's message, Learning to Come to Grips with the Real You, from our series Momentum. Chip will be back shortly to share some helpful application for us to think about. You've heard us say we are on a mission to help Christians everywhere live like Christians, and that's a great vision statement and goal, but how can we practically do that? In this series, Chip shows us the way by studying the lives of six well-known Bible characters. Discover what we can learn from people like Abraham, Moses, and Joseph, and how their attitudes and faith in God are helpful guides for us today.

You're not going to want to miss a word of this meaningful series. Our Bible teacher, Chip Ingram, is here with me in studio now, and Chip, for the past several weeks, we've asked our listeners to partner with us in the work we're involved in all around the world, and now that our mid-year match is over, you wanted to say something to everyone. Well, Dave, I just wanted to pause, I mean, to really pause and tell you from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Every time a person makes a financial gift, a spiritual transaction occurs.

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And then you followed his lead. The final numbers will be on our website as soon as we get all the mail that comes in, but I just want to say thank you. Thank you so very much for hearing from God, responding to God, and for being so generous. Amen.

Well, we truly celebrate every gift we've received and are excited to see how God will use it to motivate Christians to live like Christians everywhere. So from the entire staff here at Living on the Edge, thank you for your support. Well, here again is Chip to share a few final thoughts from his message. As we close today's program, I'd just like you to kind of lean back and think about what we've really said. You know, Moses, this picture in our mind of this super-godly man, the most humble man in the world, the one who was a part of parting the Red Sea, and all these dramatic things, and yet he described himself, I'm slow of speech and slow of tongue, and God, I can't do this. And God said, You know, Moses, I made you exactly the way that I wanted to make you for the purposes that I have for you.

And you know what's great? That's God's exact plan for you and for me. So don't buy the lie today that I'm a nobody, or I'm not smart enough, or God couldn't use me, or I have to have more education, or maybe someday or somehow. You are made and designed by the Creator of the universe to fulfill a very specific purpose, and He loves you, and He's for you. I remember learning my own design, studying the Scriptures and discovering that God had given each one of us at least one spiritual gift. And when I discovered what mine was, it opened all kinds of doors and allowed me to say yes to certain things and then say no to other things. God has equipped you for a very special purpose, and He's given you the tools to accomplish that. We would like to help you discover what those tools are, and you fulfill the very purpose God has for you.

You'll never regret it. That's absolutely right, Chip. So to help you uncover the unique gifts and talents God's given you, let me encourage you to get a copy of Chip's book, Your Divine Design.

In it, you'll be reminded that you are a one-of-a-kind creation in God's eyes and have specific skills and abilities to fulfill your purpose. To order Chip's book, Your Divine Design, visit special offers on the Chip Ingram app or at livingontheedge.org. Well, thanks for listening to this Edition of Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram. Next time, we'll continue Chip's series, Momentum. I'm Dave Drouie, and I hope you'll join us then.
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