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Five People Who Live Inside Us

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The Person I Want you to Think I Am

This is pure facade. It is the hypocrite who wears masks and uses psychological makeup to give a false impression. This is the manipulator who tries to present an image to others of what he really isn’t. It is the fake in us. It is the world of pretending and deceptions. Not only do we deceive others, but we deceive ourselves. It is hard to stop playing the game of make–believe once you begin. (Cf. Mark. 7:6-15, 20-23; Galatians 1:10;  2 Corinthians 3:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 2:4-6).

The Person You Think I Am

Here lies my "blind spots." I can’t see them, but you can. We all have these areas, and they are not all bad. Some of us can’t see the good characteristics and qualities in our own lives. This area has its strengths and its weaknesses. This is a great potential for personal and spiritual growth. (Cf. 1 John 3:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:10-13; 1 Corinthians 1:10).

The Person I Think I Am

This is the person I know and see. It is, as best I can tell, the real me. These are my self–perceptions, dreams, hopes, ambitions, etc. Much of this person I do not know how to articulate, and a lot I am afraid to share with others. It has its good, wholesome, positive, Christ–centered characteristics. It also recognizes the flesh, sin and weaknesses. This person I can share with you if I so desire. You can know this person only to the degree that I am open, honest, genuine and transparent (Cf. 2 Corinthians 3:12-18; Romans chapters 6-8).

The Person Neither of Us Knows

This is the part hidden deep within me. It contains the concealed secrets of my subconscious mind. Only the Spirit of God knows this part of my life. Jeremiah, the prophet, realized this when he wrote: "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" (Cf. Jeremiah 17:9; Isaiah 1:6; Mark 7:20-23; 1 Corinthians 2:11-13; 13:12, NIV; Romans 1:21ff).

The Person that I Want to Become

This is the person I am becoming by the grace of God. This represents all my hopes, desires, goals, ambitions, etc. Who is it I want to become in the Christian life? If I were guaranteed 100% success at doing something in the next three years, what would I do? The Apostle Paul understood this aspect of spiritual growth when he wrote 1 Corinthians 2:9-16.

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Title:  Five People Who Live Inside Us
Series:  Beatitudes and Personal Growth

Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2008. Anyone is free to use this material and distribute it, but it may not be sold under any circumstances whatsoever without the author's written consent.

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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries for ten years. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Honduras.

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