Identity of a Believer

Friends in Christ:  during my study time yesterday I was struck by how often we Christians allow Satan to subtly or blatantly “steal” our identity as children of God.  Too often we live as if we are orphans, when we are in fact intimately related to the King of Kings, the Most High, the Creator, Redeemer.

 

Jesus tells us in John 10 that Satan comes to “steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you might have life, and have it abundantly.”  We are told in John 1:12   that we have the “right to be called the children of God.”   We are told in Col1:22 that we are “holy, blameless, above reproach”, we are told in Colossians3:12  that we are “chosen, holy, beloved.”  We are told in 2 Cor 5:21  “God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.’    

 

With all this truth presented to us, and the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and the power of the Holy Spirit to battle with us and for us, should we not wonder why we are content to live on drops of water, when Christ is our overflowing fountain?

 

I believe this to be one of the great lies of Satan – that we are orphaned, alone, forgotten, unworthy, and so on. We must preach the Gospel to ourselves daily – preach the love of God for us constantly to ourselves.  Quit listening to Satan’s whispers and reflect on God’s promises.

 

Do not allow Satan to “steal” your identity (acknowledging that he cannot truly do that – Jesus promises in John 6:37 “All that the Father has given me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”………..in John 10:27-30 Christ says that no one can snatch us out of his hand)………….but Satan can cause us to doubt, question, waver, become fainthearted.

 

Standing on God’s great and unshakeable promises – granted us forever through the shed blood of Christ (the Gospel)

 

“He who did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us freely all things with him.”  Romans 8:32

 

Joe Smith
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