RELATIONSHIPS - PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING WHO YOU ARE
Most of us have learned Bible teaches us mainly about two things....
1. The first is our relationship with God.
2. The second is our relationship with one another.
Every book in the bible deals with these two relationships.
Almost everything that I talk about from this pulpit concerns our relationship with God. That is a good thing to talk about!
Tonight though, I want to begin a new series concerning our relationship ourselves and with others.
We are going to address relationships that deal with the husband, the wife, friends, and family, communication...but I want to begin this series tonight by talking about understanding yourself!
The first key to understanding yourself is to understand...
* Who you are.
* Where you come from.
* Where you are going.
* What is your purpose.
...before you can be successful in any relationship...you must be able to understand yourself!
Before you can be successful in your relationship with God you must be able to understand yourself!
Tell the person next to you..."I am about to find out who I am."
The bible says....
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
James, Jesus half brother, wrote this.
Very quickly in his writings, he begins to talk about who we are....
* He begins by stating, "Every perfect gift is from above, from God the one who created light, and from the one who can never change."
James is setting up his next statement in this verse.
In the very next verse, James says, "God brought us to life by His word, and we became His most precious...