I was recently perusing my in-box and came across an e-mail from my bank on identity theft. Today, identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Apparently, they even have a whole month dedicated to National Cyber Security Awareness. We all know that identity theft is basically when someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal information in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. According to the Federal Trade Commission, there are approximate 9.9 Million cases identity theft annually and every minute approximately 19 people fall victim to identity theft.
There are now organizations for victims of identity theft as well as membership services that you can join to protect against identity theft. I’m assuming most of us know someone directly or indirectly affected by identity theft and how it has wreaked havoc on their lives. In the same way identity theft wreaks havoc in the lives of the consumer, it also reminds me of a truth that the enemy of our soul wants to wreak havoc in our spiritual lives. In John 10:10, the bible says . . . the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. It is the same picture of what identity theft does to us, it steals from the real identity to give way to a false identity. Anytime we believe the lies of the enemy over the truth of what God says about us; we become in essence victims of spiritual identify theft.
I can attest that I was trapped in this state of mind for years. I had let scars from my past shape a false identity of who I thought I was, which most of the time left me feeling defeated, insecure and fearful. I let my identity become who I was based on my feelings and the circumstances of my past. We are not our past, we are not our jobs, nor are we a sum of our possessions. Anytime we let anything other than Jesus shape our identity, it is a false identity. Jesus Christ came to set us free from the power of sin and death and give us a new identity. In John 8:32 it says, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. God’s word is truth and points us to who He is, so in turn we can know who we are “In Him” and all he has created us to be.
The Bible teaches us that Satan is the father of lies and anytime he can make us believe something about ourselves that is not based on the truth of God’s word, we end up defeated and living a lie. Satan knows the connection between our identity and our behavior. But he also knows that when we know our true identity is in Christ, it breaks the power of Satan over us. The good news is that Jesus came to set us free from the lies of the devil. When we make Jesus the Lord of our lives we are given a new identity, the Bible says, that old things have passed away, that all things become new (2 Cor. 5:17).
The way we know and fight off spiritual identity theft is to know who we are in Christ Jesus. It is imperative for the believer and follower of Jesus to read and know God’s word and then apply it to our lives. This is how we mature as believers; through His word, His life-giving spirit continually reveals different aspects of God character to us. Then as we learn we grow in character and are slowly transformed into all that God has created us to be.
We were created in God image and because of his redemptive work on the cross we are a new creation of great worth. We are fully forgiven, fully redeemed, fully loved, and totally accepted by Christ. In Him we are complete (2 Colossians 2:10). So, the next time the enemy of your soul tries to remind you of what you are not, you remind him of who you are and who you belong to (Isaiah 43:1). We thank you sweet Jesus! To you be the glory both now and forever!
Your true identity in Christ: Romans 3:24 . . . We are justified (declared “righteous”). Romans 8:1 . . . No condemnation awaits us. Romans 8:2 . . . We are set free from the power of sin that leads to death. 1 Corinthians 1:2 . . . We are sanctified (made holy) in Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 . . . We are new persons. 2 Corinthians 5:21 . . . We are made right with God. Galatians 3:28 . . . We are one in Christ with all other believers. Ephesians 1:3 . . . We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:4 . . . We are holy and without fault. Ephesians 1:5,6 . . . We are adopted as God’s children. Ephesians 1:7 . . . Our sins are taken away and we are forgiven. Ephesians 1:10,11 . . . We will be brought under Christ’s authority. Ephesians 1:13 . . . We are identified as belonging to God by the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 2:10 . . . We are God’s masterpiece. Ephesians 2:13 . . . We have been brought near to God. Ephesians 3:6 . . . We share in the promise of blessings through Christ. Ephesians 3:12 . . . We can come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Ephesians 5:29,30 . . . We are members of Christ’s body, the church. Colossians 2:10 . . . We are made complete in Christ. Colossians 2:11 . . . We are set free from our sinful nature. 2 Timothy 2:10 . . . We will have eternal glory.