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Jan 17, 2020

It may sound strange to you that you need to “buy truth” but the Bible says that’s exactly what we need to do. The idea is that the truth is so vital, so important to our existence and the way that we live, that if we were to find it for sale at the highest price imaginable, we should do everything we can to buy it, regardless of the price. That’s how important it is to live your life according to truth.

This episode of the podcast is straight from Matt’s heart, thoughts he’s been having as the new year has begun. Take the time to listen, to learn what it means to know what you want, grow your identity, and follow the truth in the way you live.

What do you want out of your life?

It’s a common question in entrepreneurial circles: What do you want out of life? More times than not people talk about monetary or business goals, or maybe things like possessions or opportunities to travel. But those are not the kind of things we should be focused on when the question is asked. We should be looking deeper, to the things that make US who we are - or should we say, who we want to be?

What do you want for yourself, your personality, your level of maturity? Who do you want to be in the world? God has put a calling in your heart and has equipped you with unique abilities and talents to make it happen. But you’ve got to get in touch with it and learn to follow that call. Listen to find out how Matt is doing so in his own life, and how you can do so in yours.

Are your decisions getting you closer or farther away from what you want?

Action is what demonstrates the course we’ve chosen. It’s that simple. So look at your actions and evaluate as you face the new year. Are your decisions and the actions that flow out of them getting you closer to the person you want to be or farther away? When you take the time to honestly answer that question you might discover you’re headed in the wrong direction. When you discover it, don’t shy away from it or let yourself give in to the feeling that you can’t admit it. You’ve got to face it if you’re going to become the person you want to be.

Will you do the work to grow your identity?

Your identity is you - the real you that fuels the way you live. Many of us live wrongly becusae we believe wrongly about ourselves. If you’re going to get in touch with you God has made you to be, you need to spend time with Him, reading His word, learning what He says about you.

He will guide you into two important areas:

Self-awareness - The ability to know your own thoughts and feelings and to recognize where they come from and where they are taking you. You can’t become all you’re meant to be if you don’t possess a high level of self-awareness.

Closely related to self-awareness is emotional intelligence - The ability to understand how your internal motivations are driving you and how you are impacting others on an emotional level. 

As God shows you the state of your own being in these important areas you’ll begin to discover areas where you need to grow and mature, and God will bring circumstances into your life that help you grow. It’s not always fun, but it is definitely challenging and you can only learn how to stand up to your fears and insecurities when you face difficult circumstances.

Everything you need is on the other side of fear

We are all afraid - of something. It may be rejection, failure, who we really are, other people’s opinions - you fill in the blank for yourself. The point is that fear is what stands in the way of faith. It’s the one thing that nags at us and keeps us from taking the actions that will change everything in our lives. 

 

God’s truth is that everything you need is on the other side of your fear. Fear is like a big wall, separating you from many of the blessings God has for you. Listen to this episode to receive help in confronting your fears, overcoming them, and making yourself available to receive the good things God has in store for you. This is not a prosperity gospel - it’s a journey into becoming who God has appointed you to be.

 

Outline of This Episode

  • [2:03] The question anyone seeking to create a better life must answer
  • [8:40] Your identity needs to come from a solid, secure place of truth
  • [13:01] Find the truth, no matter what it takes
  • [18:41] What does it mean to grow your identity?
  • [25:15] The vital nature of Christ at the center of life - as your Rock

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