Meeting Notes from Large Group Gatherings

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12/11/2016 (Sun) Ransoms by Bishop Alan Bassette
12/18/2016 (Sun) Maturing Disciples by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/21/2016 (Wed) Knowing Who We Are and Who Christ Is by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/25/2016 (Sun) Having a Plan by Wayne Engram and follow up by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) Study the Word Daily by Brother Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) How Do I Go About a 21 Day Fast? A conversation between pastor and brother
01/01/2017 (Sun) Three Things We Need to Do in 2017 by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/08/2017 (Sun) Who Is Christ? By Pastor Andrew Traub
01/15/2017 (Sun) Things About Grace by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/15/2017 (Sun) Be Knowledgeable in the Word of God and Avoid False Doctrine by Martin Parker with follow up by Benjamin Arazu
01/18/2017 (Wed) Importance of Understanding by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Holy Communion by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Learning by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/25/2017 (Wed) The Identity of Believers by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/29/2017 (Sun) How to Avoid Panicking by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/01/2017 (Wed) The Danger of Religion by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/08/2017 (Wed) The Love of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/12/2017 (Sun) Keep the Fire Burning by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/15/2017 (Wed) Faithlessness and Discouragement by Bishop Alan Bassette
02/19/2017 (Sun) Bless the Lord by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) The Great Commission by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) Children's Time: The Blood of Christ by Martin Parker
03/05/2017 (Sun) How to Follow the spirit of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/12/2017 (Sun) Knowing the Love of Christ by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/19/2017 (Sun) Walking in God's Love by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/26/2017 (Sun) It is Finished! by Brother Wayne Engram
04/02/2017 (Sun) When did the old covenant end and the new covenant begin? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/05/2017 (Wed) The Law Written on Our Hearts is not the Ten Commandments by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/09/2017 (Sun) What is the Law Written on Our Hearts? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/16/2017 (Sun) The Resurrection is a Person, Not a One Day Event by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) Audio Recording on YouTube entitled 'Activating Prophecy' by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is Fully Forgiven by Brother Wayne Engram
04/30/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is a New Man by Martin Parker based on inspiration from Benjamin Arazu
05/07/2017 (Sun) What is Life? By Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Biblical Definition of Life (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Who is a mother? By Vivian Mommy" Arazu"
05/24/2017 (Wed) "Spirit of Faith" Notes and YouTube Video by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/28/2017 (Sun) Revival is Coming by 3 Guest Presenters
06/04/2017 (Sun) The Spirit of Faith (continued) - The Law of Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/07/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/11/2017 (Sun) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith Part 2 (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/14/2017 (Wed) Supernatural Manifestations by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/18/2017 (Sun) (Blessings of) Seeking the Face of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/21/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Releasing Faith Through Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/25/2017 (Sun) Culture of a Strong Church, a Culture of Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/28/2017 (Wed) How to Ask Things in Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/02/2017 (Sun) Worship is an Important Part of Prayer; Pray in Two Dimensions. by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/12/2017 (Wed) Two Dimensions to Prayer (cont) by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/16/2017 (Sun) Two Dimensions of Prayer Review and Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/23/2017 (Sun) Believers are taught to know and not to become by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/26/2017 (Wed) Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/30/2017 (Sun) Essence of Godly Knowledge (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/11/2018 (Sun) Know Your Nature by Benjamin Arazu
03/18/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Growth by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/01/2018 (Sun) Benefits of Resurrection by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/03/2018 (Sun) Righteousness - an ingredient to Spiritual Growth by Vivienna Arazu
07/01/2018 (Sun) Leading of the Spirit by Benjamin D. Arazu
09/16/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Warfare: Importance of Meditation by Benjamin D. Arazu

Date: 01/25/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: The Identity of Believers

Notes:

Everyone wants to be someone else these days. Kids want to be like famous musicians or sports players. But don't you know this is not original? It is being in a condition that is not good and not healthy.

What has God said concerning believers and their identities?

One of the things a believer needs to see is that God says He will not leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6). A believer's identity can only be revealed through Jesus. For you to be able to define who you are, you need to know what God has said and not be misled by who your thoughts say you are. What you can see in Christ is what you should see in your life.

Communication of your faith, what you say, should be in line with what God said (Philemon 1:6). Every good thing that is in you should come from Christ. What you say with your mouth should reflect every good thing God has said and done. Communication in this sense means what you say of your conviction.

Your identity is not defined by your location or what you have in your pocket but what you have in Christ. Your life is not defined by what is going on in your mind or around you, but by what Christ said. Your identity should not defined by what you see as that can discourage you. But, by every good thing that is in you through Christ. Your prominent location is in Christ. A believer does not lack direction of what they should do because of their location in Christ.

If your identity is defined in Christ, then you shouldn't walk in confusion because in Christ there is the light of life (John 1:4). Follow the ways and the dictates of Christ. A believers direction is defined in Christ so they will not walk in darkness (John 8:12). If you can walk with Christ then you will not lose your direction. Our true identity is unveiled through knowing Jesus. Constantly walk in the light.

Believe in Christ and you will avoid the darkness (John 12:46). When you are confused and don't know what to do, it is because the devil is deceiving you. Your permanent location should be in the light. The light we are referring to is the revelation of God's Word.

God's spirit will no longer strive with man since the falling of Adam and Eve into sin (Genesis 6:3). But the spirit of man is a candle of the Lord (Proverbs 20:27). What good is a candle without light? If you are searching, it is because you are not enlightened. If you are confused, it is God who is the one who is going to light the candle and light your way (Psalms 18:28).

The permanent location of the believer is in the light, that is, in the revelation of God's Word. Only the Lord is going to save you from confusion and from the darkness (and despair). If you don't have Jesus then you are walking in darkness.

It takes the spirit of a human to understand what is wrong inside themselves (1 Corinthians 2:11). You cannot discover your identity outside the spirit of God. It is only the Lord who can enlighten you. It is the statutes of the Lord which are right and good (Psalms 19:8). By statutes we are talking about the commandments (no, not the Ten Commandments), the orders, of the Lord. It is only by following these statutes that your heart will be gladdened. When you begin to take the principles of God with you then you will start to be healed and be glad.

If you allow the word to enter your heart (Psalms 119:130) it will give you direction and understanding. It is the revelation of the Word that gives light (see also BBE). Someone who is simple is someone who thinks they know it all, but it is God's word which will enlighten them.

As a believer what you begin to speak is the testimony of what God has done (Isaiah 8:20). You will be speaking the Word of God. You will have grace in God. You will be controlling the situation, not the other way around.

The minute you believe in Christ, your family lineage is changed (1 John 5:1). One of the identities of a believer is that they will be able to overcome the world and have victory over it (1 John 5:2-4). Your faith in what Christ has done will give you this victory. Love God and keep his commandments (the commandments we are referring to here is believing in God, knowing that He is the one true God).

Christ came through the lineage of David and that is how we know of him in the flesh. But it is through his spiritual background that we can relate with him (2 Corinthians 5:16). In Christ you are not refurbished rather you are renewed. Through Christ you are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Your identity in God is not based on those things around you but by what God has done. Do not let the things people say discourage you. A child of God should reside in the light of God. You have authority in the name of the Lord to rebuke those things that are causing confusion in your life.

"I am renewed in Christ! It is only through Christ that my confusion dissolves!" (say it loud and proud).