Thursday, Oct. 10:
"The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.” [John 10:10]
According to Pastor Stan, in his book, Soul Deep Identity Theft:
“The one-sentence job description Jesus attributed to [Satan] reflects [Satan’s] work against humanity since creation: he seeks to steal (your identity), kill (your dreams), and destroy (your God-given potential).” (p. 9)
In order to recognize when Satan is trying to steal our identity in Christ, we must first know what our identity in Christ is. The key words here are: “in Christ”. Before we came to know Christ as our Lord and Savior – before we were born again – our identity was “in” the world and “of” the world. It was based on success, according to the world’s standards, such as physical appearance, youthfulness, intelligence, wealth, power, prestige, and/or acceptance by other people. HOWEVER, the very instant that we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior our identity immediately changed. It became rooted in Christ, taking on all His characteristics, and representing who He is to a world in darkness.
The Apostle Paul states it this way: “… you were formerly in darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light, (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” [Eph. 5:8-10]
All too often, Satan tries to steal our identity in Christ, by tempting us to cling to our old identity of the world. If we fall prey to this temptation, thinking that we will find comfort and security in worldly success, Satan knows that we will actually become increasingly frustrated and discontent – regardless of how much worldly success we attain. Our God is a jealous God. Once we belong to Him, His holy Spirit will prick our conscience, causing internal discomfort, insecurity, and discontent until we turn our focus back to becoming like Christ in thought, word, and deed. Fighting with God will never bring peace.
For this reason, if you find yourself frustrated and discontent, be aware that Satan is trying to steal your identity in Christ. However, He (Christ’s Holy Spirit) “who lives in [us] is greater than he who is in the world.” [1 John. 4:4] Consider praying to your Heavenly Father, according to Col. 1:9-13 (below). Make your prayer personal and sincere to the only One Who is infinitely “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness and truth, and faithful to forgive all iniquity, transgression and sin” [See Ex. 34:6-8; Ps. 86:15; 103:8; 108:4; 145:8; Rom. 2:4.]
“Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me for the times I have clung to my old identity according to worldly standards and restore my new identity in Christ! Fill me with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that I may walk in a manner that is pleasing to You and worthy of You. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, grant that I may bear fruit in every good work and that I may increase in the knowledge of who You are. Strengthen me with power according to Your glorious might, in order that I would become steadfast and patient, joyously giving thanks to You continuously. For You have qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. You have rescued me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to the Kingdom of Your beloved Son, in whom I have redemption and forgiveness of my sins. It is in His Name I pray, confidently knowing that You will be faithful to grant these things according to your will. AMEN!” (Based on Col. 1:9-13)