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    Kirk Cameron: “My true identity in Christ”

    By Michael Hernandez

    NEWBURY PARK—”He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of  God in Him,” (2 Corinthians 5:21) said Godspeak Sunday guest speaker Kirk Cameron, an American actor best known for his role as Mike Seaver on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains.

    “Four great truths lay the foundation for your true identity in Christ” said Cameron:

    1. Propitiation: “When we use religious rituals to appease or satisfy an angry God.”
    2. Justification: “Which refers to the legal system of the culture—a judge that has power of life and death over you.”
    3. Reconciliation: “Refers to restored relationships.”
    4. Regeneration: “Being born-again.”

    Jacob would be an example of a man who lost sight of his identity” as did the 1994 Disney animated film of Simba: The Lion King said Cameron.  “In believing the lie (spoken by Scar), Simba lost his true identity and died to his purpose and his identity.

    Likewise, “so many people mess with our heads and we lose who we are? We get lost on why we are here? It is easy to feel guilt and shame. We begin running and hiding from the past, from God. We no longer are sure we measure up or where we are going? We begin to believe lies about ourselves. These lies keep us from fulfilling our purpose and destiny.”

    1. The Performance Trap Lie: “I must meet certain standards or I am a failure, a loser. I’ve got to perform or I am a loser. God gives us the solution: justification.”
    2. The Approval Addict Lie: “I need others to accept me. I am a people pleaser. This results in fear of rejection. The solution: justification.”
    3. The Blame Game Lie: “Those guilty deserve to be punished. You blame yourself and others. The solution: propitiation.”
    4.  The Shame Lie: “This is the shaming of one another. You become hopeless and helpless. I am this way and I can’t change. This becomes a stronghold (a mindset) and you believe something contrary to truth. The solution: regeneration.  Just like Nicodemus, you must be born again. Turn to Christ.”

    Watch the sermon:


    Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].

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