Letters to the Church

Identity Theft

As Christians, we live from our identity, not for our identity. We are defined by who we are in Christ, not what we do or fail to do for Christ. Holding firm to our guidepost in the Bible as the living Word of the one true God, we know the reality of spiritual warfare and the unseen spiritual world. We have an opposition whose mission is to persuade us to identify with our shortcomings, our sins, and our stumbling blocks. Our identity is not rooted in our faults, but in the certainty of our creation in the image and likeness of God.


Satan declares war on our identity because it is the surest way to wreck the relationship between us and our God. Satan refused to accept his God-given identity and sought to form a new identity apart from God. From the beginning of creation, our identity has been a major focus of attack. The first recorded incident of an attack on identity is documented in Genesis 3, when Satan used the serpent to trick Adam and Eve into believing that God had selfish motives for not allowing them to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Using tactics based in lies, pretense, and deception, he carried out his goal to destroy the confidence Adam and Eve had in their identity as children of God. Satan wanted them to achieve an identity by rebellion and living apart from God. He enticed them with a proposition to become ‘like God’, but God had already made them in his likeness. Like Adam and Eve, we are created in the image of God and by faith we can trust this truth.


The enemy used the same tactic of trickery and deception to attack Jesus in the wilderness. As we see beginning in Matthew 3:16, the devil attempted to deny Jesus’ identity as God and His relationship with God. He did not want Jesus to experience the power of His heavenly identity, but Jesus responded to this attack from the confidence and security of His identity received from the Father. Just as Satan worked tirelessly to oppose Jesus, he wants to keep us from knowing and living in the truth of who we are in Christ. God created you with an identity, and Satan wants us to instead live out of a counterfeit identity. We are children of God, and our identity is securely rooted in who God says we are.

 


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