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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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Spontaneous Gratitude to God
in Every Situation, Stimulates Spiritual Growth

By Maurice E. Wagner, Th.M.,Ph.D.

When we are born again, we may be adults, but we are spiritually just babies. We need the milk of the word, the easy to understand teachings of the Bible, to grow spiritually. Later, when we become more informed, we can try to understand the more complex teachings of holy Scripture.

A simple transaction takes place when we are truly grateful for a gift. We take possession of whatever the give may be when we express gratitude. The gift is ours; it no longer belongs to the giver. The giver wanted us to have the token of love, so our gratitude is a way of returning the love gesture.

We are instructed in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to be grateful to God in everything. When we can be thankful to God for the pleasant things, that ‘s easy. But to be thankful for the trying, the painful, the difficult, is not so easy. Being thankful for our hardships means that we take the hardship as a developmental exercise in our companionship with the living God. As an athlete puts his body under extreme stress for development, we take our stressful time as a way of growing spiritually to become more useful to God as an adult spiritually.

These studies should be very helpful to those who study them to become more fulfilled in their Christian life whether or not they can measure their own spiritual growth.
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