Where does your identity lie?
My neighbor recently shared with our Bible study group that someone had stolen her personal information and filed fraudulent income tax returns with the IRS. She had spent hours on the phone and no doubt would spend many more in order to reclaim her identity. To add insult to injury, she was told she would have to prove to the IRS that she is actually who she says she is.
Listening to her disastrous story, made me think of how easily the enemy of our souls can steal our identity, leaving us with fragments to clean up. Sometimes it is a quick clean up as we are keenly aware that we have been knocked off track, but too often it takes hours or longer to reclaim who we are.
Our identity is rooted in Christ alone. Anything aside from Him will fall apart. The thief is after our identity. He knows that if he can steal it, we will fall. Because knowing who we are allows us to experience the Father in every area of our lives. Our relationships, our freedom and our abundant life are wrapped up in what we believe about our identity. We can release the Kingdom of God on earth when we know who we are in Jesus.
Generally, when all is going well in our lives – it’s easy to say for certain who we are. On a good day, I can say without hesitation that I am a daughter of the King & I can live it too. But as soon as the environment around me begins to swirl into a dance of offenses, fear, shame & despair, I allow the thief to access my heart. When he enters, I am left startled & perplexed, bewildered about who I really am.
Because when I forget my identity, I begin to act in a way that is not pleasing to the Father, or for that matter to me either. In Matthew 12, Jesus tells us a thief could not break in to a strong man’s house. He says it’s just not possible. The strong man would first have to be bound up by the thief. Jesus is using an earthly example of a heavenly principle to keep us focused on Him and keep the enemy out.
We cannot allow the thief access to distort our thinking & immobilize our soul. We cannot allow our emotions to entice us into letting the thief into our house.
Below is a list of scripture based statements that will prove your identity and cause the devil to tremble. Scripture gives us basis to reclaim our identity when the condemning one knocks at the door. Prove to the thief today who you are in Christ & send him running.
- I am redeemed by His precious blood (1 Peter 1:18-19)
- I am forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
- I am chosen, holy & dearly loved by God (Colossians 3:12)
- I am set free from condemnation (Romans 8:1)
- I am given great & precious promises for life (2 Peter 1:3-4)
- I am a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
- I am loved deeply by Christ (Ephesians 3:16-19)
- I am able to love & forgive as I am loved & forgiven (Colossians 3:12-14)
- I am created in Christ for good works (Ephesians 2:10)
- I am able to stand firm against evil (Ephesians 6:10-17)
- I am strong & courageous (Joshua 1:9)
- I am Christ’s light to the world (Matthew 5:14)
- I am Christ’s friend (John 15:5)
- I am guaranteed all things are working together for my good (Romans 8:28)
- I am able to do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13)
- I am royalty (1 Peter 2:9-10)
- I am firmly rooted & built up in Christ (Colossians 2:7)
- I am born of God & the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
- I am able to freely go to God with boldness & confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
- I am given a spirit of power, love & self discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
- I am God’s child (Ephesians 1:5)
Which of these ignite your heart the most?
Make a note card with the statements that most speak to you. Keep it where you can read it on a regular basis & keep the enemy away.