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Identity Motivated Living™
is an expression that embodies the essence of the Christian life. Jesus Christ comes into us to dwell, creating in us new life, a new creation, and a new nature. Power wells up from this new nature, motivating us to good works out of love for God. Our new identity comes from the Father; we have Jesus living in us always; and the Holy Spirit empowers us to be more and more like Christ.
Jesus uses the term, “...I am,” to reference himself in John 8:58. Thus, the acronym I. M. Living refers to “Christ in us the hope of Glory.”
Dr. Maurice E. Wagner embraced this as a slogan for the unique concepts he discerned during his 60 years of ministry.

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Lesson 1
THE WORLD IS FULL OF MOUNTAINS
Mountains Are Usually Admired in a Landscape
Mountains are Being Mentioned Metaphorically
Mountains Usually Present a Challenge.
Mountains Are a Refuge in Time of Danger
Mountains Have a Significant Role in History
Mountains Symbolize Hardships and Trials.
Mountains Can Intimidate or Inflame Action

Lesson 2
EVERY PROBLEM IS A POTENTIAL MOUNTAIN
We show interest in other people’s problems
A Problem May Seem Like a Mountain
A Problem May Seem Unsolvable
Problems May Grow into Huge Mountains.
Problems May Be Viewed in Three Ways.
Problems Seem Biggest when They Are Ours.
Solution Always Begins by Restoring Security
Seven Ways We Might Look at Our Mountains

Lesson 3
OUR NATURAL WAY OF COPING WITH PROBLEMS
Problems make us feel insecure
We react the way we always have reacted
How We React to Feeling Insecure
How Our Reactions Create Greater Insecurity
We May Try to Change Our Reactions

Lesson 4
THE BIBLICAL WAY OF COPING WITH PROBLEMS
The Biblical Way Contradicts Our Natural Ways
Biblical way is to find security in God’s teaching
The Biblical Way Assumes Three Basic Truths
The Biblical Way Considers Life to Be Triangular
The Biblical Way Gives Purpose to Our Problems

Lesson 5
STAND ON THE SECURITY GOD’S WORD PROVIDES
We need to down-shift our minds to primary security
Our Primary Security Is Provided by God’s Grace
Faith in God’s grace alone settles the guilt problem
Faith in God settles the fear of death, John 5:24
Faith in God settles the hostility problem
Our Secondary Securities Are Provided by God’s Grace
Faith in God settles our fear of being helpless
Faith in God settles our fear of being nobody, Col. 1:11-14
Stand on Your Security in Facing Disappointment
Stand on Your Security in Facing Frustration
Stand on Your Security in Facing Unfair Treatment
Stand on Your Security in Facing Humiliation
Stand and Maintain a Positive Attitude
Stand and Resist having a Pseudo-Positive Attitude
Stand and Overcome a Negative Mental Attitude
Stand and Accept Your Responsibility to God

Lesson 6
BE THANKFUL TO GOD EACH STEP OF THE WAY
A thankless person is usually a greedy person
Jesus appreciates our gratitude: Luke 17:1219
Thanksgiving Reflects Upon God’s Goodness
Thanksgiving Reaffirms Our Confidence and Faith
Thanksgiving Is Genuine when Spontaneous

Lesson 7
EXPECT GOD TO MANAGE WHAT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE
God Has a Record of Doing the Impossible
God Promises the Impossible for His Children
Make Christ’s prayer a reality

Lesson 8
MASTERING MOUNTAINS CALLS FOR GODLY WISDOM
To Employ Godly Wisdom, We Must Change
To Practice Godly Wisdom, We Need Poise

Lesson 9
MOUNTAINS HAVE MORE THAN ONE SIDE
We influence others while managing our mountain
Our Side - The Immediate Perplexities We Face
Other Side: The Things and Persons Beyond Our Control
How We Manage Our Side Effects the Other Side
Some Misconceptions We May Have

Lesson 10
MOUNTAINS TEND TO REVEAL IGNORED DUPLICITIES
We have been taught to be untrue to ourselves
Duplicity does not work when solving problems
Christ Manages a Christian’s Problems
Christ Gave the Sermon on the Mount to Help Us
Christ Described What Christians Are to Him, Mat. 5:13,14
Christ Described Our Tendency to Compromise
Christ Urges Us to Correct Our Duplicities, 2 Cor 5:18,19; Eph. 5:11

Lesson 11
MOUNTAINS HELP US BECOME SPIRITUALLY MATURE
Look at problems from God’s point of view
We tend to think of problems from our viewpoint
God’s Purpose in Our Children’s Problems
God’s Purpose in Our Problems as His Children
Steps of Spiritual Growth in 2 Pet. 1:5-7

Lesson 12
MOUNTAINS SILENTLY DEMAND GRIM PATIENCE
Hope of reaching the goal and patience to win
While hoping we need patience to wait, James 1:4
Difference Between Hoping and Waiting
Hope Has a Foundation in God’s Grace
Hope Has a Foundation in Fact
Wait for the Lord and Trust His Faithfulness
Wait on the Lord when Mocked and Persecuted
Wait for God to Avenge You
Hope in God when Weak and Weary
Always Wait on the Lord
Waiting on the Lord Negates Infantile Illusions
Waiting on the Lord Has a Reward, Psa. 40:1-3

Lesson 13
GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH IN THE MOUNTAINS
Many of our habits are outdated and detrimental
1- God Takes Special Notice of Our Faith
2- God Proves to Us that He Is Always Good
3- God Provides Advice for the Latter Days
4- God Invites s Us to Come to Him in Distress
5- God Invites Us to Work with Him

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