When I ask a fellow Christian, what is your Secret Identity? I don’t mean to ask them about their superhero alter ego… although now that I think about it, there are some similarities. No, what I am referring to is their True Identity in Jesus Christ. You see most Christians have no idea what I am talking about. In fact, many… many… Christians go through life believing lies that conceal their true identity.
Here is a sample of some of the lies I am referring to:
- No one loves me
- God doesn’t love me
- God is distant
- God doesn’t hear my prayers
- God is not there when I need him the most
- I am a horrible person
- I have destroyed everything in my life
- I am guilty
- I am not worthy of God’s love or forgiveness
- I am not saved
- I keep sinning the same way, I was never truly saved
- God could never love someone like me
- God hates me
- Live isn’t worth living
- It would be better for everyone, if I was dead
- I cannot endure my life
And that is just a small sample, believe me I could spend hours creating a list that would take a LONG time just to read through. And where do you think those lies come from? Who is called the Father of Lies? Who specializes in deception and devious schemes to achieve his goals? Who prowls around like a roaring Lion looking for someone to devour? I think you know the answer (Hint: John 8:44, 1 John 3:8, 1 Peter 5:8).
More importantly, let me ask you this, what effect do you think believing those lies will have on a Christian’s life? Do you think a Christian who accepts these lies as truth can really live in the Joy of his salvation? Do think his testimony will plant seeds in others? Do you think he will live a life fulfilled with God’s love and purpose?
Living a life where you believe the lies of the enemy over the TRUTH revealed in Holy Scripture will place you in bondage to the enemy. You will be chained to these lies which could have horrible lasting effects in your life. This bondage can take on many forms:
- Irrational Fears
- Physical Infirmity
- Demonic Nightmares
- Hearing Voices
- Repeated Habitual Sin
- Living a Secret Life of Sin
- and many more
In our modern world there are medical terms and prescription drugs that address the symptoms of nearly everything on this list. This is where the enemy has made great strides, especially in America. Convincing the world that the spiritual realm does not exist goes a long way towards pushing God out of our culture all together.
As Christians however we need to be more discerning. We need to see through the lies of the devil and embrace the TRUTH in Jesus Christ. Here are some TRUTH statements we can find in scripture concerning Born-Again Christians, how do these statements align with how you FEEL about yourself and your life?
- God LOVES You. Romans 5:8, John 3:16, Romans 8:38-39
- You are NEVER alone. Matthew 28:20, 1 Samuel 12:22, Isaiah 41:10
- God HEARS your prayers. Matthew 7:7-8, John 14:13, Matthew 21:22
- God is there when TROUBLE hits your life. Nahum 1:7, Psalm 138:7, Isaiah 43:2
- You are NOT GUILTY in God’s Eyes. Romans 8:1, Psalm 103:10-12, John 5:24
- You ARE WORTHY of God’s Love. Jeremiah 1:5, Matthew 10:30, Galatians 3:26
- Life is a WONDERFUL GIFT from God. Psalm 118:24, Psalm 107:9, Jeremiah 31:14
- You can ENDURE all through Christ. Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 40:31, Isaiah 41:10
- God needs you, he has WORK for you. Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
So the first step in revealing your TRUE IDENTITY is to exchange the lies of the devil with the TRUTH in Jesus Christ. No one can do this for you, this is a conscious decision you have to make.
“You MUST understand, the ONLY power the devil has over your life,
is the power YOU GIVE HIM.” – K
Did you know that you can choose to be happy or sad? Angry or calm? Peaceful or afraid? Your emotional reaction to life is completely under your control. Now, you may be thinking “Keith, you are crazy! When sad things happen, of course I am going to get sad, it’s called being human”. Don’t get me wrong, tragedies can strike our lives at a moments notice and emotion can come over us like a flood. But how we react in that tragedy or in that storm is not predetermined by our human nature.
I have a friend that has suffered with anger issues his whole life, and one day he expressed how out of control he gets when he is angry. After he shared, I looked him in the eye and told him he doesn’t get out of control. He is only using that as an excuse so he can avoid the responsibility that is his alone… to make a change in the way he thinks and ultimately acts. Ironically this upset him, but before we went further I asked him a simple question. Was there anyone at all in his life that he could not get angry with? He stated his young daughter had never seen him angry. Then I asked him about our Pastor, could he see himself flying into a fit of rage in front of our Pastor and he quickly said no. Then I pointed out to him how he DOES have control over his anger, when he wants to. He simply needs to choose not to be angry. Since that day, he has reported on a few occasions on how he rarely loses his temper… and when I see this man, I see a man growing in Christ more each day.
Changing our own minds is one of the most important and sometimes difficult things we can ever do. We have been thinking and believing a certain way our whole lives. The devil of course has been helping us along the way, feeding our minds with all sorts of negative, depressing, sad, hateful and miserable thoughts. The world is no better in its messaging, and most people we come in contact with are suffering in their own darkness. Just turn on the news for five minutes and you will understand what I mean.
This is where you have to make a conscious choice in your life. Continue in bondage to the enemy and their lies or accept the TRUTH, believe it in your heart, and start living each day with a renewed mind.
You my dear brother or sister are a CHILD OF GOD! He loves you beyond measure and He has given you ALL AUTHORITY over the dark spiritual forces of the world. It is time right now to EMBRACE all that God has created you to BE.
Lift your head up child, you have been adopted into the royal family of GOD. Depression, sadness, despair, anxiety, confusion, fear, panic, trepidation… these are not for you.
Power, strength, confidence, joy, peace, fulfillment, eternal love…these are your inheritance. Will you accept them?
I pray you do.
Stay Strong & Stand Tall