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What is a Defining Moment? A defining moment is a significant incident which occurs in a person’s life. Such incident has shaped the person’s identity, personality, and life.
What is a Defining Moment? Additionally, a defining moment is said to be a moment which defines who we are. It’s a strong happening which has caused a great shift in the way we perceive, or act on things. * Many of those defining moments defined us in a negative way
What defines you? Brings your life meaning Brings your life identity Brings your life purpose
What defines you? *Aspects of our life that we have let define us, even though there is some truth in them, are not the whole story, and are robbing us of our destiny and potential in Christ Jesus!
Your Age Your looks Impairment Accident Sickness Your athletic ability or inability A body part that is different than others Your weight (over weight or under weight) Your clumsiness
You are smart You are dumb You are depressed You are crazy You are having a mental break down I went to Harvard
Philippians 3:13 (NKJV) Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Religion hides the reality and revelation of the real Jesus The Presence Jesus The Abiding of the Holy Spirit The Guidance and revealing of His Word The Love of the Father
Moses - burning bush Noah - Build an Ark Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego - Fiery Furnace Daniel - lion’s den Abraham - altar Jacob - wrestles with God Paul - road to Damascus
Matthew 16 (NAS) 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
Matthew 16 (NAS) 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 1. Simon couldn’t begin to define himself until he defined who Jesus was.
Matthew 16 (NAS) 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18a “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; 3. When I encounter Jesus, He defines me. ****** Re defines me!
Names were much more important in the Bible days Numbers 1:17 1Chronicles 12:31 1Chronicles 16:41 2Chronicles 31:19 Ezra 8:20
2 Chronicles 31:19 (YLT) And to sons of Aaron, the priests, in the fields of the suburb of their cities, in every city and city, are men who have been defined by name, to give portions to every male among the priests, and to every one who reckoned himself by genealogy among the Levites.
Isaiah 62:2b (YLT)... And He is giving to thee a new name, That the mouth of Jehovah doth define. Abram – Abraham Jacob – Israel Saul – Paul Simon – Peter
** God wants to give you a new name ** Allowing His mouth to define you
Matthew 16 18b... and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” 3. When I know who I am in Christ I have His authority to change the world.
God’s want You to have encounters with Him this year that surpass anything that you have ever known These encounters are your defining moments!
They can occur while doing something quiet and just in your day to day routine like Moses at the burning bush, Or in a time you are hating Jesus and working to stop Him - like Paul on the road to Damascus, Or in your greatest trial or challenge like Daniel in a den of lions, Or in moments actually seeking Him like Peter!
The question isn’t how, but what will you do when He does show up? Will you continue to let the past, others, or religion define you?... Or will you meet Him at your defining moment?
Isaiah 62:2b (YLT) And He is giving to thee a new name, That the mouth of Jehovah doth define.