Combating Identity Theft

by Rob Dunne

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Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17

I have gotten myself in to the habit of checking my bank account often. Looking at our recent transactions, I questioned Kellie about a couple of charges. Neither one of us could remember making the purchases. Two of them were made through Amazon. Reviewing that account, I determined that we had not made them. Someone was attempting to hijack our identity!

From the beginning of time, the devil has been lying to mankind and doing everything he can to steal our true identity. It started in the garden of Eden. In Genesis chapter 3, we read on the interaction between Eve and the devil. He tricks her in to believing that God has lied to them. He says if they eat the fruit, they will be just like God. What they failed to realize was that they already were.

The devil doesn’t have many tricks up his sleeve so he attempted the same deception with Jesus. Jesus was baptized by His cousin John in the Jordan river. When He came up out of the water, the Father said, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Right after His baptism, the Holy Spirit led Jesus in to the wilderness. Though He was tempted during the entire 40 days, the gospels record three specific temptations.

The devil wasted no time attacking Jesus’ identity. In fact, two of the temptations directly address His Sonship. “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Also, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here (the pinnacle of the temple.” In all three instances, Jesus counters the devil’s lies with the Word of God. Jesus was able to do this because He was confident in His identity. Every time He opened the old testament, He read prophecy and scriptures confirming who He was and what God’s plan was for His life. The devil couldn’t shake His confidence and as a result, he flees from Jesus.

I love the Word of God. When we read the bible, it is a reflection of who we truly are in our born-again spirits. God uses the Word to show us who we are in Christ Jesus. As we meditate on the Word, our minds are renewed to the truth of who we are as sons and daughters of the Living God.

Here are some reminders of who you are in Christ:

  • I am predestined to adoption as a son or daughter by the Father through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:5).
  • I am my Father’s son/daughter. I am always with Him and all that He has is mine (Luke 15:31).
  • I have obtained an inheritance in Christ (Ephesians 1:11).
  • The Lord of peace is peace. In every way, He always gives me His peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
  • The LORD has chosen me for Himself as His special treasure (Psalm 135:4).
  • Christ dwells in my heart by faith. I am rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17).

Every day we have a choice. We can choose to listen to the lies the enemy tells us or we can choose to believe the truth of what God says about us. Which are you going to choose today?