Have you ever been a victim of identity theft?
I’ll never forget the moment I found out my credit card had been stolen and hundreds of dollars were charged to my account. I was with my youngest son visiting a museum when a text came to my phone from the Fraud Detection Center asking me if I had made certain charges that day. I immediately called the support center and said I hadn’t made those charges. My heart sank as I began to realize the severity of the situation. Needless to say, the museum visit was cut short as I had to focus on the identity theft.
If you have experienced this, you know that feeling of disbelief of being a victim then the feelings of anger and frustration. When you become a victim of identity theft, your ‘world stops’ and you have to give immediate attention to the problem by calling the bank, filing reports, canceling cards, submitting claims, requesting a new credit card and the list goes on and on.
All of those to do items become your top priority in order to fix the current problem and prevent any further occurrences.
Even though recovering from identity theft is extremely difficult, it is no where near the danger of our having our spiritual identity stolen. Just like our world has many dangerous thieves ready to steal our personal and financial identity, there is one main enemy who does everything possible to steal our spiritual identity.
John 10:10 tells us that “the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.” Make no mistake about it, our enemy, Satan, has just ONE agenda and that is to destroy us and everyone we love.
Not only does Satan want to steal our spiritual identity, he wants to steal our spiritual destiny. He is an identity thief and destiny thief.
In the her book, Bootcamp: Winning the Battle for Your Soul, author Jan Shirey says, “Do you realize that Satan came after Jesus’ identity? He is an identity thief. When Jesus was tempted in the desert, the devil said to him, ‘if you are the son of God…’ You see, Satan was trying to create doubt. He comes HARD after your identity because he knows very well that God has a plan for your life.
Satan also said, ‘worship me, and I will give you all the kingdoms of the world.’ He was saying the world is mine, not God’s. Satan was trying to divert and distract Jesus from His mission.
Note Jesus’ response to Satan. Jesus responds every time, “It is written…” and speaks the Word of God back to Satan! (Matthew 4:1-11)”
Shirey goes on to say, “Jesus did not argue with Satan, and He refused to validate Satan’s claim because Jesus knew His mission! He knew who He was and who His Father was. Satan did not want Him to carry out His mission. He was trying to stop him from fulfilling his destiny. And that’s exactly what Satan tries to do to us.”
So how can we take Jesus’ example and not become victims to spiritual identity theft and detiny theft?
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