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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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3 Natural Emotions Deny Faith in God and Maintain Unrealistic Thinking
By Maurice E. Wagner, Th.M.,Ph.D.

Like a tripod holds a camera firmly, Satan uses our three natural emotions like a tripod to invade our minds with self-assertive efforts that show no faith in God. If we are feeling guilty over something we have done, we feel most insecure. This insecurity makes us instantly angry which is an illusion of self-sovereignty, free from responsibility. We do as we please while angry, and feel right in doing so. When anger fails to maintain this unrealism, we become fearful, for we have lost our defense against the insecurity caused by guilt. Our fear, or anxiety, causes us to be unrealistic in escaping from the present to thinking as though the future were the present.

Then we try to resolve our fear of humiliation and punishment by an unrealistic attempt to construct a safety type of situation.
Finally, we are back to the guilt where we have to fact the consequences of our bad choices. “Only God can forgive sin” so we are back to square one where we began. This is

God’s way of lovingly leading us to receive Christ as our atonement for our sins, and be forgiven by Him.
This series of thirteen studies is intended to make us aware of how easily Satan can trick us into becoming self-reliant and avoid exercising faith in God and His way of salvation from the consequences of our sins.
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