Creating a Learning Network for Kingdom Builders!
20 years ago, this world was a much different place than what it is now. We had only been given the opportunity of having a personal computer less than three years before. The word internet was still quite unknown, and the world wide web was definitely incomplete. Cell phones were a thing of the future and VHS was what was being rented in video stores. With all of this not having taken place yet, so was the idea of "identity theft". Nobody had to worry about somebody stealing their identity because there was not any way possible that credit card information could be taken from them. The term, "identity theft" has only been around for a short time; in fact, it has not even been ten years yet that stealing somebody's identity had been possible.
However, a person's identity has always been easily stolen; just not in the way that we know it as today. When we decided to surrender our life to Christ and repent of our disobedience, which is sin, we were given a new identity; we were give a new name and we were placed in God's family (2 Cor. 6:18). Most people know what adoption means; it means that a person makes that child theirs. The child is given a new last name and if the child is a baby, pretty much he will be given a new first name as well. The child receives a whole new identity; completely contrary to what the child was born with. In order to adopt, the parents have to pay a lot of money in order to purchase that child. God did the same same thing for us. God paid for us but He did not use money; but, He used the life of His only Son, Jesus the Christ (John 3:16,17; Rom. 8:14-17). The price has already been paid and it was paid over 2,000 years ago; all we have to do, is accept the gift. By accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior; and accepting what He did for us by turning away from our sins, we are allowing ourselves to be welcomed into God's family. However, the moment that we do that; satan begins to send his demons to battle us. The problem is, that we are used to battling in the flesh, that we keep on forgetting that the battleground is not visible but actually takes place in our minds. This is where the enemy does his best to try to steal our identity (Eph. 6:10-18).
In one of my past post's, I had spoken about what the Word of God says about the power of the tongue; and how it can hurt people or encourage others. This also goes for us when it concerns our identity in Christ; which our tongue can be used as a weapon on ourselves. There are a lot of people who doubt that there is power in our words and a lot of those people are even members of the church; but, it does not change the fact that God's Word tells us different than what some choose to believe. The Bible tells us that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" but the enemy would love to get us to say that we are ugly, or that we do not matter or that we are even stupid. The more we say negative things about ourselves, the more that we begin to believe what we are saying. On top of that, other people may call us names and no matter what we were taught while growing up; names do hurt us and they hurt worse than sticks and stones. There is so much scripture that speaks positive of who we are and about how much God loves us; but at the same time, we have found ourselves listening to old mental tapes being played back in our minds that contradicts what God is telling us. That is why there are suicides, and mental institutions full of depressed people who refuse to believe different about themselves than what they were "taught" for years and years.
What we allow to come from our lips, will predict our own destiny. You may want to read that last sentence again or until it finally sinks in. We can either choose to be a winner or we can continually live in the house that belongs to a loser. Driving a beaten up car, having a dead-end job; or we can choose to make something of ourselves and start applying God's Word to our daily lives. If we continue to say that we cannot do anything right, then chances are that we never will be able to do anything right. There is so much out there that God has for us; and He wants us to spread that word around to others so they will not find themselves living the life of a loser. We can either allow satan to steal our identity; or we can use the Word of God as a security measure and anti-virus scanner to keep the devil from messing with our minds.
I plan to speak more on this subject again in more detail later on. Meanwhile, I pray that if there is anyone who is reading this post, and is just now realizing that they have been a victim of identity theft; that they will grab hold of this message and God's Word and not let go. This is something that we have to practice daily and always have to be on our guard and recognize when the enemy is trying to take from us what has been given to us by God our Father. We have a new name, a new identity, a new home waiting for us, a new Father, a new brother, etc. Now, we cannot allow the enemy to take it from us, can we?
Dear heavenly Father, Lord God, I ask that you would continually bring your Word to our remembrance and help us to know when the enemy is trying to wage war at us. Help us to rely on you when we are weak and to know what to do and what to say when those times occur. In Jesus' name, we pray, amen.