Identity Theft

Posted: 2011 09 22 by Chris Goforth in Authentic Man, Biblical manhood, Challenge, Discipleship, Hardcore Christian Men, manhood, masculine, masculinity

Credit cards and identity theft is something that has been a big deal for the last 10 years or so.  Identity theft has become a phrase all of us are familiar with and we are warned to protect ourselves from it.  Long before identity theft became a household term, it is something Satan has used in his attempt to destroy us.  Since Adam and Eve, Satan has planted thoughts and ideas in our head that rob us of our identity, our identity as children of God.

I suck, I’m a loser, I’m a failure, I don’t matter, I’m stupid, dumb, fat, lazy and no good.  My wife and kids do not need me.  I would be better off dead than here.  I have no one who cares about me.  I am the lowest form of scum on this earth.  I am unlovable, I am detestable, I am sick, twisted, ugly and not worth it.  It would be better if I was never born.

Maybe you have said or thought these things.  Maybe others have even said these lies to you and you have believed them.  For some they have heard them and spent most of their life believing these to be true. In believing these things, you have been immobilized and taken out.  You have been frozen and stopped from really living out your purpose.  Your true identity has been taken from you and left you believing lies and curses spoken that are the farthest thing from the truth.

Many times, I have found it hard to feel like I am truly a child of God and my identity lies in him.  I know it in my head, but I do not always get it fully in my heart.  When I read passages in the Bible where it talks about me being a child of God I get it, but it never quite sinks into my heart.  While I believe I am his son, I know I am not a very good son and the tension lies in me doing my will versus doing the will of God.  I really want to do his will but my will takes over and then the lies start flowing.  I need to go back, re-read scripture, and really and fully believe it.

As a man who has lived his life saying I was a Christian but doing what I wanted for the last 25 years I fully feel the weight of my choices to this day..  I have learned to call Satan out on his lies and go back to the truth and some days it’s a full on all day war.  Satan wants to keep us believing those lies and not allow us to be who God has created us to be.  The enemy wants me to believe I am something God never intended.  When we do not stand up and claim our true identity in Christ, he wins the battle and he just goes on winning moment by moment.  Soon enough we no longer recognize whom we truly are, the beauty of who God says we really are our true identity is found in him and when we stand up and refuse to believe those lies, God is able to shine through us.

In order to counter the lies of our identity, I go back to reading these verses that remind me of where my identity lies.

Colossians 1:13-14 – For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

1 John 3:1-3 –  1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Ephesians 2 –  1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Psalm 103:8-14

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Hebrews 12:5-12

5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

  1. Kevin says:

    Thank you for bringing to light a problem we have never thought of with something we all have heard about today. Identity theft is something taking place in the world today. However when you talked about how our enemy does the same it gave a whole new perspective. Thanks.

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