“Help! I’d like to report a case of identity theft!”
I thought it would never happen to me so I didn’t recognize the obvious signs. The fact that I was being charged with things I didn’t recognize as mine should have been a clue.
While identity theft is a growing epidemic, it’s not a new crime. Identities have been being hijacked for centuries. Not by criminals who lurk in cyberspace looking for unsuspecting victims, but… by an enemy lurking in the shadows of our lives looking to rob us of who God says we are.
The story of God calling Gideon into service gives us a perfect example of identity theft. God charged Gideon with a name he didn’t recognize, “Mighty Warrior.”
I remember clearly when God charged me with a name I didn’t recognize, “Writer / Speaker.” My response was much like Gideon’s, “Who me, I’m not qualified for that!” But slowly, like Gideon, the name began to sink in and before I knew it I was headlong into battle with a less than adequate arsenal.
For the longest time the enemy robbed me of knowing who I was and what God was calling me to. However, as I began to except my new identity a new problem arose. The burden to be what God called me became all consuming. Again my identity had been hijacked. This time it wasn’t stolen, but put on a pedestal as a prize I had to attain.
So how do we recognize when our identity is in jeopardy? The same way most victims of identity theft do; we get turned down for things we should have been approved for. Anytime things aren’t working out the way they should there’s a possibility that we aren’t who we think we are.
Below are 3 check points to protect your identity:
- Regular monitoring: Be on constant look out for clues. Do you believe what God says about you? Do you believe it too much?
- Keep track of your credit score: When God is in it, there are usually scores of unexplainable victories. If your victories can be explained by your performance or if you’re not experiencing victories – pay attention!
- Immediate Response: If you notice suspicious activity, respond immediately! God is always ready to meet us at a place of surrender!
With my eyes now open to the schemes of the thief I can truly claim that my identity is now secure in Jesus alone. The burden of performance no longer entangles me.
How secure is your identity? Is it found only in Jesus, or have you been robbed?
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