Identity Thief

God proclaims to everyone that Jesus is His Son in Matthew 3 (See Matthew 3:17), not even a chapter later, the devil challenges Jesus’ identity (See Matthew 4:6). Six short verses later after God tells Jesus his true identity, the devil comes to question and try to steal it away.

The devil still tries to do this today. He still is scheming and devising ways he can challenge and get you to question your identity. John tells us this about the thief:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10 ESV).

The devil tries to take something from you but Jesus wants to give something to you. The devil tries to get you to place your identity in your condition rather than your position as a son or daughter of God. He tries to get you to put your identity in your career rather than in Christ. He tries to get you to think your identity is found in your finances rather than your faith. He wants you to believe your identity is in your education rather than in the everlasting love of God. He wants you to trust in what you see rather than what God says.

The truth of the matter is that your identity is not found in who you are but in whose you are. Your identity is found in Christ and Christ alone, not your circumstances. Your identity is found in the Savior, not your situation. Because you belong to Jesus, your identity is found in Him. Just because circumstances and situations in your life may change, your identity remains the same because Jesus never changes.

Don’t allow the thief to steal, kill, or destroy your identity any longer. Stand firm in the truth that your identity is in Jesus.

Some of you reading this may find yourself still searching for your true identity. You have placed it in your career. You have placed it in your education. You have placed it in your bank account. And when those things fade away, because they will fade away, you find your whole world crashing down on you. Place your trust in Jesus today and find your identity in Him.

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