June 2, 2021

We take gifts tests to try to figure our what we were made to do. But we can’t know what we were made to do if we don’t know who we are. We take personality profiles to try to understand who we are, but we’ll never know who we are until we know who we belong to. You will know your real influence when you know your true identity, and you’ll know your true identity when you’re established in right intimacy.

The word intimacy means closeness. Humankind was made to be submitted to loving, authentic, completely exposed relationships with God and one another. The holy familiarity for which we were created was destroyed by sin and then restored through Jesus Christ. Living in and from our designed intimacy should be one of our highest priorities. Everything else flows from this relational fountain.

To whom do you belong? Knowing our design begins with knowing our Designer. We must humble ourselves before the One who made us and allow Him to graft us into His family. From this position of submission and teachability, we listen and interact with our Designer and our fellow designed ones. It’s in experiencing and growing in His love and among His family of creations that we begin to discover the truth about ourselves. Our Father and our spiritual siblings profess our true identity over us and we over them.

Over the coming weeks, we’re going to refocus on six words that form the foundation of Wellspring’s culture and mission. The first three are intimacy, identity, and influence; and the second set are freedom, encouragement, and growth. Sunday, June 6th, we’ll begin by talking about intimacy and asking the question, “Who do you belong to?”

Let’s grow together!

Matt Neese


In Ephesians 6, Paul encourages the church to take up the shield of faith. If I have faith, “in the depths of my heart I truly know” something. In taking up our shield of faith, we are intentionally taking a position of trust in the security of our invisible God. Though we cannot see Him, we believe we are secure in Him. Though we can see the vile intentions of our enemies, we believe we will not be overcome by them.

The Lord surrounds us with Himself. Think about that. We are surrounded by the Almighty, the Creator, the Beginning and the End, the Love, the Father… If we are surrounded by God, then we are surrounded by all that is God. Make a list of words that identify the Lord God and then slowly meditate on each word and what it means that you are surrounded by this characteristic.

In Exodus 15:26, God says, “I am the Lord your healer.” In faith, we are surrounded by healing. In Genesis 22:14, God is identified as the Lord our Provider. In faith, we are surrounded by provision. In Leviticus 20:8, He is the Lord Who Sanctifies. In faith, we are surrounded by holiness. In Judges 6:24, He is identified as the Lord our Peace. In faith, we are surrounded by the peace, wholeness, and completeness of our perfect God. Research the scriptural names and adjectives of God and then take your time on each one. He has surrounded you with Himself. Meditate on this until you truly know it in the depths of your heart.

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  • 6/02 Numbers 36, Psalm 3, I Chronicles 2, John 12:20-50
  • 6/03 Deuteronomy 1, Psalm 4, I Chronicles 3, John 13:1-17
  • 6/04 Deuteronomy 2, Psalm 5, I Chronicles 4, John 13:18-38
  • 6/05 Deuteronomy 3, Psalm 6, I Chronicles 5, John 14
  • 6/06 Deuteronomy 4, Psalm 7, I Chronicles 6, John 15
  • 6/07 Deuteronomy 5, Psalm 8, I Chronicles 7, John 16:1-15
  • 6/08 Deuteronomy 6, Psalm 9, I Chronicles 8, John 16:16-33
  • 6/09 Deuteronomy 7, Psalm 10, I Chronicles 9, John 17

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