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Becoming Our True Name/Take Heart
Series: Becoming Myself - Embracing God’s Dream of You
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Session Eight Study Guide: Becoming Our True Name/Take Heart
Before you begin responding to the questions in this session, please read chapters 13 and 14 in the book Becoming Myself.
I went to a banquet recently with my husband, and the tables were set with lots of spoons, several forks, many glasses, and at the top of each place setting—a piece of pie. Soon after sitting down, John said with a smile, “I’m a grown-up now, and I don’t have to wait!” and took a bite of his dessert.
I have always liked the T-shirt that says, “Eat Dessert First.” Sometimes, like that rare moment for my non-dessert-loving husband, I don’t want to “save the best for last.” I want it first! But then again, sometimes I do like saving the best for last. That’s how I feel about these chapters.
Let’s begin our last session with prayer!
I come under your authority. I come under your love.
I give myself to you utterly.
I lay down everything that I’ve been carrying and give myself to you: my heart, mind, soul, body, and spirit—everything in me.
Please cleanse me afresh with your blood.
I ask your Spirit to restore my union with you!
Fill me with your Life! Give me eyes to see and ears to hear you.
Remove everything that is in between you and me, Jesus. I love you.
It’s in your mighty Name that I pray. Amen.
Our belief about our true identity lays the foundation for every aspect of our lives. What we believe about ourselves plays out with our every breath. The answer to the question, “Who do you think you are?” is fundamental.
1. So, who do you think you are?
2. Do you have a nickname? What names (good or bad) were you called while you were growing up?
3. What names do you call yourself? When you pass a mirror? When you blow it?
4. What’s your given name? What does it mean?
Shakespeare famously wrote in Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name? ... A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” After giving it much thought, I have to admit that I think Shakespeare got this bit wrong. A rose by any other name would not smell as sweet. The power of what we call something affects our experience of it. Dramatically.
5. What does God call a believer in his Word? (Recall some things from chapter 13 of the book.)
6. What would it be like right now to entertain the possibility in your heart that all God says about you is true? Let your heart go there for a few minutes.
You are his delight.
You make him happy just by ...
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