Monday, December 12, 2011

Identity Theft

More than 9 million people have their identity stolen every year. Crooks want your personal information so they can impersonate you and charge your credit card without your knowledge. Now, more than ever, it's important to protect your identity.

Satan also wants to steal your identity and give you a false one. When Jesus was baptized, His Father spoke from heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased" (Matt. 3:17). Immediately after this, Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Satan said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread" (Matt. 4:3). The devil was trying to get Him to doubt who He was.  

You don't see Jesus saying, "Well, I thought I was the Son of God, but now I'm not so sure. Maybe I need to check out my magical powers. Pass me one of those rocks."  Satan knew if he could get Jesus to doubt His identity, He would also question everything else His Father told Him. Instead of trying to prove who He was by misusing His power, Jesus simply chose to believe what His Father had said.

The devil will try to steal your identity by planting lying thoughts in your mind about who you are. Sometimes he uses people to put false labels on you such as, "You're stupid." "You're ugly." "You're gay." "Can't you do anything right?" Don't listen to every thought the pops into your mind! It could be Satan "phishing" for your identity. He wants you to bite on the lie and believe something that's not true. Your identity comes what from you believe about yourself, even if it's a lie.

Here's what the Heavenly Father says about you.  If you have received Jesus Christ into your life, you have a new identity.  You are a new person and your old life is gone (2 Cor. 5:17).  God says you are now a child of God (1 John 3:2).  You're not just a citizen of earth, but now you're also a citizen of heaven (Phil. 3:20).  Do you believe what God says, or are you believing a lie?
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