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Impersonating Yourself

False Self, Real Self, True Self  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  47:31
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When Adam hid from God because he was afraid, he started the process of forming a false self that we still carry on today.

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 2017-07-09 1 IMPERSONATING YOURSELF False Self, Real Self, True Self 2 GENESIS 3:8-12 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 3 WHAT IS THE FALSE SELF? 1 Any disguise that we hide behind in order to get what we want or avoid what we don’t want Any mask that we use that covers our pride and fear, our wounds, or our needs Any identity that we assume other than our true identity in Christ: the forgiven and unconditionally beloved child of God 4 THE LAYERS OF THE FALSE SELF 1 The Outer Layer – The marketing, propaganda layer, which is charming or bluffing/posturing The Inner Layer – Our deeply-held beliefs about ourselves that aren’t true, either reacting against the labels we acquired in our childhood or agreeing with them 5 VARIANTS OF THE FALSE SELF 1 A prideful orientation other-centered contempt blame-placing tends to be more hedonist sin more blatant (not worse, just more obvious) anger is aggressive 2 A fearful orientation self-contempt blame-taking a will-lessness and abdication of responsibility tend to be more moralist, with more subtle sins anger is a hidden, boiling resentment 6 WHERE THE FALSE SELF COMES FROM 1 A self-defense forged against the traumas of childhood “I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself” Gen 3:10 7 THE IMPACTS OF THE FALSE SELF 1 God doesn’t relate to the false self Massive drain of energy, time and creativity We cannot receive love because of it Compulsions and addictions 1 2017-07-09 Compulsions and addictions 8 CLUES TO YOUR FALSE SELF 1 Our defensiveness Our pet peeves Our compulsions Our rehearsals Our inventories 9 PRACTICE: FASTING 1 Fasting can help you: Lament your false self Provoke your false self into showing itself Starting to fast Start with a two-meal fast, then go to three When the fasting is difficult, share your thoughts and feelings with Jesus in prayer. Talk to Him about what it means to you to share His sufferings (Rom 8:17, 2Cor 1:5, Phil 3:10). Pray for compassion for those who frequently experience hunger involuntarily. When you’re done, reflect on your responses to the fast: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual Eat only a light meal before and after your fast 10 SUMMARY “To the degree we honestly face our false self, and live humbly and hopefully in our real self, God releases our true self, deepening our intimacy with Him and others, and propelling us towards our created potential.” - Nathan Shattuck Next time: The False Self in Christians 2
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