In a world full of technology, credit cards, debit cards, online applications, smartphones (full of our personal information), and greedy, jealous, deceitful people: identity theft is an extreme issue. People are stealing our identities to make a few extra dollars or using our FICO score to score for themselves the latest gadget or pickup truck (the truck we’ve always dreamed of that they now own thanks to our information). It’s a real epidemic in the United States. The crazy thing is it’s nearly impossible to find the thieves hiding behind your identity, and once your identity is stolen and damaged, it’s a lengthy process to recovery.
Thankfully, I have never had my personal identity stolen, but I have had my spiritual identity threatened more than once. If I were to be completely honest with you, I’d say it’s threatened regularly. The upside to this is I’m not alone. Adam and Eve were the first people to have their spiritual identity stolen. The sneaky serpent comes along and offers his sweet little lies and before you know it, Adam and Eve are hiding from God. The same God they walked with before. They bought the lie, and their identity in God was taken from them (Genesis 3). Then, we have Jacob and Esau. Jacob, being jealous of Esau and his favoritism with Isaac, lied to his vulnerable father and assumed the position of Esau’s identity; Jacob stole his brother’s blessing (Genesis 27).
As you can see, from the very beginning, identity theft has been an issue. People are robbing others of their identity, or Satan himself is whispering his lies and watching as we buy into every word. We never stop to consider whose whispers we may be hearing; whose words are we buying?
A few months ago I heard Christine Caine speak at an event and one sentence, in particular, made its way into my Evernote App. She said, “If you want to know the lies of the enemy, you must apply the truth of God’s Word.” How powerful that thought. We get whispered so many lies that have the very purpose of snatching our identity, and instead of comparing them to God’s word, we choose to believe them. From where we stand, they feel accurate, so they must be true. Someone has called you a failure, it feels right, but God says you will prevail. Satan has whispered worthless, but God says worthy. You see how this works? The lies will come, no doubt, but we have to illuminate them by way of God’s Word. If I refuse to run the whispers through the filter of God, my identity becomes threatened. Before long my identity is no longer found in Christ but in a lie. And just like the long, laborious process of identity theft recovery, we have to start over, training our thoughts to be the thoughts of Christ; we have to rebuild our identity.
So I encourage you, filter the words, whether they come from people or Satan himself, through Christ and His Word. God’s Word will illuminate every lie. My pastor once said, “Whatever Satan says, believe the opposite.” Satan says you’ll never make it, the truth is, God is making a way. Satan says you’re not loved, the fact is, God sent His son because He loved YOU so much!
I am praying for you, friends. You are not alone on this journey. Open your Bible and see what God says; it’s like having your very own identity theft protection coverage, free of charge!
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32