This week I’ve been really seeking to know God as my father. My earthly father taught me about God and made sure our family went to church every Sunday. He made many mistakes in his life, but had it not been for him I would not have had a foundation in God at an early age.
It seems strange God would use the man who abused me to reveal Himself to me. The enemy tried to use him to destroy me, but God had a plan.
The enemy tried to steal my identity through the abuse of my childhood. He is the identity thief.
In Luke chapter four we see that each time he tempted Jesus, he started off questioning his identity.
3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.'”
5 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
7 “Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.”
8 Jesus answered him, “It is written, YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'”
9 And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here;
10 for it is written, ‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU,’
11 and, ‘ON THEIR HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.'”
12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR God to the test.'”
13 When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.
The enemy stirs us to question our identity through thoughts, circumstances and other people.
Each time the devil questioned Jesus’ identity, he responded with God’s truth. This is how we deal with the doubts we encounter each and every day.
We are Children of God who’ve been given the power to defeat the enemy and his lies.
Ephesians 6:10-17 is a powerful weapon of truth in our arsenal.
This passage talks about the Armor of God.
It reminds us we aren’t fighting against flesh and blood but the enemy himself.
It tells us to take up the full armor of God.
We actively prepare to fight against the Identity Thief!
What lies have you believed? Are you ready to take back your identity?