In the Digital Age, identity theft occurs more often than any other time in history. Social Security numbers, bank accounts, computer passwords, and investment portfolios will have to be protected to ensure personal security. However the concept of identity theft not a new one, but has been around since the beginning of time.
With the Christian disciple, it is a constant battle. We have an enemy who has been stripped of all of his power. (See Colossians 2:15) He is limited to the power of thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Artfully he looks at our situations and circumstances and injects a poison of self-defeating thoughts into our minds. If we don’t resist them, we will be stripped of the very victory that Jesus has already obtained for us. The defeat will show up as depression, fear, thoughts of rejection, poverty, lack, offense, sickness, and disease.
Don’t think for one moment that I’m exalting the power of Satan or his demons. I simply want to keep you in remembrance that you do have a real enemy, who has a real army, which is constantly working against you. Without that mindset, you are already defeated.
Every person of faith in the Bible had to deal with an identity crisis. Let’s look at the first case of identity theft.
God started with two people, Adam and Eve. They lived in the largest garden known to man called Eden. The name Eden means” luxury, pleasure, and, delight” God personally irrigated the garden from the ground up. Every fruit could be found there.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1 (NKJV)
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. Genesis 3:2-4 (NKJV)
For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5 (NKJV)
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6 (NKJV)
Here are some powerful, but often subtle revelations about your enemy:
- The devil never shows up appearing as himself!! Your enemy knows that if he shows up looking “normal”, like evil and destruction, you would put up a fight.
- The devil has to find out what you know and believe. For some reason Eve came to the conclusion (maybe because Adam told her) that she was not even supposed to touch the tree. God never said that and we should be careful not to put our own spin God’s instructions. (Just ask Abraham and Sarah how well their “Ishmael Plan” worked out.)
- The devil has to first convince you that there are no consequences for disobeying God. All of mankind is pain and risk adverse. If there is an easier or more convenient way to do something, we will find a way to do it. The devil ALWAYS appeals to our immediate comfort.
- The devil has to convince you that God is withholding something good from you. Did you notice how the devil persuaded her that she would be enlightened with wisdom and BE like GOD? Newsflash: They were ALREADY like God (See Gen. 1:26)
- When you SEE differently, you respond differently. If someone can change the way you see a thing, they can change your response. Have you ever noticed that the things that God forbids, television and videos make them look enticing?
There is so much to say on this matter, let’s continue tomorrow.
Be on guard!!