Hello Friend! If you are just visiting my blog after reading my devotional at Encouragement Cafe, welcome! Look around and stay awhile. Today I was sharing a bit of my heart about identity and how sometimes I'm like my daughter...she can be irresponsible and lose her things and I can let my mind wonder and forget who I am. You can read, "I Can't Find It" by clicking HERE.
Friends, there are times I am responsible for forgetting who I am in Christ...I lose perspective, let my mind run with wrong thinking and listen to lies. But if we're honest sometimes identity theft happens in a spiritual sense. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) He will do anything he can to make us forget who we are in Christ.
I've been thinking about this and friend this doesn't just happen when are attempting to step out of our comfort zone and do something for Christ. It also just doesn't happen when we are struggling with our worth and feeling like we don't measure up. Often it happens when we least expect...just like with physical theft. Satan wants to steal our identity...he knows our weak spots and recognizes our vulnerable moments. He will attack when we are weak, sad and alone. He is also capable of using our circumstances against us.
As I sit here typing I find myself reflecting on the week that was...one of the hardest I've ever experienced as I grieve the loss of my niece and try to help my children navigate the road of grief. Thankfully God has been drawing me close and led me to ask others for prayer. I truly believe He is answering those prayers as we find strength to stand when really we just want to crawl in a ball and cry. He is comforting us, but He's doing more. He's whispered to my heart and instructed me to be aware.
Death is hard, it's something we don't understand and grief is something we don't want to experience, yet it's a constant in life. It's also a challenge, a process and involves a cycle. If we're not aware of this, a bad situation can get worse. During this time Satan wants to plant lies, he wants me (and you) to doubt. He longs for us to entertain thoughts like - "God can't be good when a wonderful, 20 year old girl full of life gets killed. Or, He doesn't love you. His plans aren't for good. You don't want to follow Him."
Friend, these lies from the enemy are ones he can use to steal your identity. He wants us to forget who we are because when we do we are paralyzed and no longer able to give God glory and impact His kingdom. So to help us remember let's think about a few key pieces of our identity -
We are God's child.
"But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12
We are created in God's image.
"God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Genesis 1:27
We are loved.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16
We have a purpose.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." Ephesians 2:10
We have value.