by Terry J. Hallock

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Life in the Blood (6 of 6)
God's Design and Desires
Terry J. Hallock
Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:11-14
October 17, 1999

As we conclude this teaching series on the divine design and dynamic desire God has for our lives, allow me to quickly review the five key truths we have learned:

1. Your real identity is in God, not the world. Genesis 1 & 2 declares you were created by and for God so you might fulfill the purposes of God. The ugly duckling in the age-old children's story only found suffering until he discovered he was really a swan. It is no different with you. Only when you know your real identity can you achieve your real potential.

2. Who you once were doesn't have to be who you now are. In the same way you received the color of your eyes from your biological parents, you've received a tendency to live independent of God from your spiritual parents, Adam and Eve. That inherited desire to live only for ourselves and by ourselves is called sin and it has infected each of us with a spiritual disease that if left untreated leads to darkness and death. Yet the good news of God's design and desires is that even if your life is wracked with the pain and self-destruction of full-blown sin you don't have to stay that way. You are never too lost to be found nor too broken to be healed.

3. God desires relationship, not religion. "This is eternal life," said Jesus, "that they may know you the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3). Religion about God can point us back to Him and our real identity in Him, but only a relationship with Him can set us free to live for Him. We must know Him, not just know about Him.

4. Jesus is the way, truth, and life. The path to renewed intimacy with your Creator and restored knowledge of your identity is found in Jesus and Jesus alone because only Jesus is God made flesh. When you come to Jesus you are coming home to your Creator who out of His unconditional love has taken your sin as His o ...

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