Stolen Identity

I can’t find my ID. I have looked everywhere.

In my wallet.

In my car.

I’ve called and asked my parents.

I’ve called and asked my friends.

I have even tried to search my heart.

I still can’t find my identity. Would you happen to know where it is? No, not you– I am asking God. I have already made the mistake of seeking such answers from man.

Ephesians 1:3-8 (KJV): 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.”

I had a conversation with a woman earlier this week. She shared issues going on in her home and in the middle of the conversation I said, “You don’t know who you are. You don’t know who you are in Christ.” She immediately broke down in tears and whispered, “You’re right. I don’t know who I am. I am 37 years old and I don’t know who I am.” My heart goes out this woman. I am 20 years old and I dislike the thought of not yet knowing who I am in Christ and I certainly don’t want to grow a day older not knowing who I am in Him. For so many years this woman had tried to find her identity in her two children, her husband, her financial status, and essentially, in the sin of world. A few seconds later in the conversation she became upset and said,”I am worthless. That’s what I am. I am nothing. I am weak. I have nothing. I am nothing.” Certainly that isn’t true–they are all lies from the pit of Hell that I am all too familiar with. It is difficult because if you know nothing else, the lies of Satan become pathetically believable simply out of desperation to be somebody, to be something.
Satan is a thief on every level you can think of. If he has potential to take lives, don’t you think he has potential to take identities?
John 10:10 (KJV): “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
So again, I know about the lies stated by this woman because I believed them myself. The world will give you the identity as being a whore, worthless, stupid, ugly, shameful, pitiful, useless, broken, weak, rejected, filthy– the list could go on. As children of God, our identities have been stolen from us before being born again. While unsaved, we had no idea of the spirit that was behind the comments of being called the most beautiful, the most handsome, the best at this and the most qualified at that. The deceiving spirit behind these “compliments” condition us to think that the world has much to offer us. When we are consumed by these identities we give the world and ultimately Satan, the authority to adopt, name, and identify us. Some attributes and characteristics are indeed given by God but it is always backwards if we seek our identity in the world opposed to seeking, finding, and receiving our identity in our Lord and Savior. Before salvation we found our identities in worldly things but now that we are adopted into His royal family, our identities must change.
My question has usually been..where do I start with finding my identity? Forget the physical stuff. Forget finding identity in my school. Forget my career. Forget the identity in my last name. Forget my material possessions. What is the identity that will follow me all of the way to Glory?
John 1:12 (KJV): “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

After we realize that we are so much MORE than any identity the world can give us; it is only natural to want to go deeper. God tells us that we are His children. We are His friend. And if we keep His commandments and submit to the will of God we can be His brother, sister, and mother (Matthew 12:50). Once I received that I was a child of the most high God I wanted to know more. Don’t get me wrong, being His child is more than enough. If God never shared another part of my identity with me–being His child, His friend, or even His servant is enough for me. I just know that God has made us individuals, we are each unique and special to Him. With that, it seemed only natural for me to want to know the special identity He has given me. What makes me…me? We are so special that He knows each hair on our head (Luke 12:7) and He bottles our tears (Psalm 56:8). I can only assume that He has given us an identity in Spirit. I want to know who He made me. I want to know the gift(s) and fruit(s) of the Spirit He has embedded in me. I want to know my position in the Body of Christ. It is not to become prideful. It is not to take credit from His work. No one else has to know, only you and God. Knowing our identities can help us operate the way He wants us to. Knowing our identities can give us a mind to thank Him for loving and caring for us so much that He makes us the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8). If you are in the army and you don’t know your position, your duty– you ruin the flow of the rest of the Body. You may not be in the military on Earth but if you’re a follower of Christ, you ought to be a soldier in His army. One identity in Christ is better than a million given by Satan.

I want to drop off my old identity. Can you believe for all of these years I have allowed Satan to tell me who I was?  I am so much more in Him than what I have believed for so many years. When the world tells you to blend in with others, be homogeneous, to be androgynous– God tells us to be a light before men so that we may glorify our Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16). I have found myself standing as a servant of Christ, in a middle platform, moving from the false identity to the true one. Do I have moments when I wonder if some of the old identity was true? Yes, but does God confirm that a lie is a lie when He outshines it with His truth? Absolutely.

When your false identity in Satan tells you that you are incomplete and that you need someone, something to complete you.

God says: Colossians 2:9-10 (KJV): 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”

When your false identity in Satan says that you’re so wicked and that you have no choice but to end up in Hell.

God says: Philippians 3:20 (KJV): “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

When your false identity in Satan says that you are nothing and that you have nothing.

God says: Colossians 3:1-4 (KJV): 1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

When your false identity in Satan tells you that you have no family; you have no friends.

God says: Galatians 4:6-7 (KJV): 6And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

When your false identity in Satan tells you that there is always someone better than you; that God could never want YOU.

God says: Galatians 3:26-28 (KJV): 26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

When your false identity in Satan tells you that you cannot produce good or offer anything to God.

God says: John 15:16 (KJV): “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

When your false identity in Satan tells you that you can’t do anything to become saved–it is true but this is the catch.

God says: Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV): 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

When your false identity in Satan tells you that you aren’t attractive or smart enough to be married or wanted by someone else.

God says: Revelation 19: 7-9 (KJV):7Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.8And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.9And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”

I encourage and challenge everyone reading this article to not go another day without knowing their identity in Christ. It is a never-ending process but let us get the ball rolling. No one in this world can give you the true identity that has been assigned to you. We aren’t robots, God knows us individually. We have gifts. We have weaknesses. We have strengths. Satan can and will tell you a lot of lies if you give him the opportunity. Ask God to renew your mind and search your heart so that not even a piece of your old identity remains. We cannot come together with someone or even rush into having children to find our identities because the void will remain. Trust me. Regardless of the avenues you seek, the pain you endure, or the instant gratification you obtain– His identity can only be received from Him and from His throne. This identity can’t be picked up at your school’s student office or at the DMV after you pass your driver’s test. You cannot be more familiar with motherhood than you are with servanthood. Being a father or mother, son or daughter, brother or sister, or friend–can be great gifts from God but it isn’t wise to come before God with a list of identities that doesn’t begin with a true relationship with Him. Prepare intimate time with God and simply ask who you are in Him. We have not because we ask not, as long as we obey (1 John 3:22). Before you push to gain more titles and beg to be given an identity by the world, know your identity in Him. He is all to us.

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About Thee Potter's Hand

I am merely a vessel with a desire to be used. View all posts by Thee Potter's Hand

2 responses to “Stolen Identity

  • Cristal

    This was a much-needed post. Thank you for the wisdom you shared. May we all find our identity in Christ and in Him ALONE. 🙂

  • Thee Potter's Hand

    Hello Cristal,

    Thanks for commenting! I have learned that sometimes we need to pause and really make sure we are finding our identity in Him. So many identities are being pushed our way but with His discernment, we can recognize the righteous from the unrighteous. As I pray to grow in Him more each day, I often recognize a new identity that I have adopted that isn’t from Him. Sure, this is a lifelong journey but as long as each unordained identity is purged from us, we ought to be content with resting in His wisdom and cleansing.

    God Bless!

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