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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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Become the Person God Meant You To Be
Training in Spiritual Growth and Helpfulness

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

According to the Bible, God created us in His image so that we could have fellowship with Him and He with us. An image is subordinate to the original object, and all through the Bible, beginning with the story of creation, God indicates that the only way of life for us that is acceptable to Him is that we humble ourselves under His mighty controlling hand.
God is love and God is good. If we want to make a difference in this world that counts for eternity, we need to respect the Bible as God’s inspired Word and try to become the person He meant us to be at the time of our conception and birth.
“Become the Person God Meant You to Be” is presented in five volumes. The project of living in a difficult world is divided into four quadrants, and each volume speaks to one quadrant. The first four volumes each embody thirteen lessons to be accomplished in a minimum of one year’s study. Helps for teachers are also provided.
Volume 1, Utilize Your Spiritual Blessings
Basic teachings of the Bible needed for practical everyday living. Subjects include Your position with God as part of the family, prayer, security, who God is, who Satan is, temptation, forgiveness, truthfulness, God's will, and gratitude. 150 pages with questions and many helps. Designed to fit into a quarterly class setting. Contents
Volume 2, Accept the Significance that God Provides
268 pages, presents the quality of self-image needed for accomplishing the will of God and finding eternal fulfillment.
Volume 3, Understand Yourself Emotionally
303 pages, uses biblical truth to clear up many misunderstandings about feelings, emotions, dispositions, and mental attitudes. It presents the way to overcome anger and a negative mental attitude.
Volume 4, Master Your Mountains
181 pages, presents a biblical interpretation of the purpose of life’s many problems and guides the reader in mastering most of the common adversities as well as a few of the more complex.
Volume 5, How to Be Helpful without Meddling.
Informed and trained laymen are often good counselors of distressed persons, but they need insight and support. This book of 208 pages is the fifth volume in the series to train persons who have finished the first four volumes and want to study further to become qualified by their church as certified Caring Christian Friends. The Bible commands us to help one another, to show compassionate, godly love.
This fifth volume requires at least one year to complete. It is divided into 4 Sections and uses the first 4 volumes as reference material. It contains many special features including 25 examples of distress situations in each Section and explains how one might be helpful in each.
It is an attempt to prepare those who feel God is leading them to be helpful to others. It helps a Caring Christian Friend to use the Bible appropriately in guiding the distressed persons or couples to align their lives with the will of God and to find His strength and wisdom in resolving their problems and coping with their trials.
Church leadership needs to be involved in the teaching of this volume for both practical and legal reasons. Suggestions are given in detail for a church administrating this project. Pastors are welcome to use all five volumes as an aid in their own personal counseling ministry.