Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:3-14 ESV)
John tells us that one of the enemy’s main tactics is to steal (See John 10:10). One of the things the enemy tries to steal from you is your identity. He knows that if he can take that away, he can rob you of what God has promised and purposed for you. There is a few ways he tries to do this.
1) He tries to get you to believe your identity has to to with your condition and not with your position.
The condition you might find yourself in does not change your identity. The enemy wants you to think that your career, your job, your house, your car, your situation, your circumstance, and your bank account define you. But no matter what the situation or circumstance, it still doesn’t change who you are in Christ. The Prodigal Son took his inheritance, left his father’s house, wasted it all, and found himself in a pig pen; but that still didn’t change the fact that he is still his father’s son. Too many times we find ourselves in Mephibosheth’s shoes. He was the grandson of the king, he was from the lineage of royalty; but because of his ugly condition, he forgot his true identity. You were created in the image of God (See Genesis 1:27), you are a child of the King, you are chosen, you are victorious, you are more than a conqueror; and no condition the enemy puts you in or nothing he can put around you can change that.
2) He wants you to believe your identity has to do what people say and not what God says.
What the enemy says or what people say does not define you. The opinions of others don’t determine who you are, but the truth of God’s Word does. Before God called Abraham, his name was Abram which means great father. God comes along and tells him who he really is, Abraham, which means father of many. Abraham found himself chasing after and trying to live up to what everyone else told him he was. Too many times we find ourselves trying to live up to what culture has told us we should be and we miss out on what God has purposed us to be. We waste time pursuing what the world says our identity is and not what God says it is. That’s why Jesus said “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” When you know your true identity, you are free from the lies that the enemy tries to use to hold you down.
3) He wants you to believe your identity has to do with what you have done or what you do and not on what has already been done.
You can not earn your identity, you are born into it. Nothing you can do or have done can change it. The work has already been done for you by Jesus. All you have to do is embrace it. Nothing I did gave me the identity of being the son of my parents. I was born into it. The work had already been done. This is why Jesus said “you must be born again.” We can believe this principle when it comes to the natural and physical, but we find it hard to grasp when it comes to the supernatural and spiritual. We think that the things we have done or do can change this fact. But the truth is no matter what I have done or do, it doesn’t change the fact that I am my parents’ son and the degree at which they love me. The same is true with God. Paul tells us in Romans 8 that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Stand firm in that truth today.
So has the enemy stolen your identity? Have you been held back because of his lies? Let the truth of God’s Word set you free today.