Identity (Part I)

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“And God said, “let us make man in our image,after our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26 NKJV).

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good…” (Genesis 1:31 NKJV).

The other day was one of those “Oh my gosh!” kind of days. My plans for an early morning workout abruptly took an about-face when I couldn’t find my passport lanyard.

“Why would someone need a passport lanyard to work out?’ you might ask. Before you visualize me climbing Mount Fuji or running the shores of France, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I don’t keep a passport in it. Since the zippered passport case is the perfect size for my keys, wallet, phone, ID, and credit card, instead of fussing with a locker at the gym, I can wear everything I need around my neck.

After looking in the usual (unusual to most people) places, I started to get concerned, especially when I remembered the last time I wore the lanyard was three days ago. That would be the day I ran a jillion errands around town.

I was mentally retracing my steps and rummaging through items around the house when, Judy, my sister with special needs, asked me if she could help.

“Wud are you looking for?” she asked.

I briefly looked at her and answered, “I am looking for my passport lanyard.”

“Can I help you? What’s a paspurt laward?”

“It’s a zippered pouch attached to a cord you wear around your neck.”

“Whud’s a pouch? Whud do you mean arund your neck?”

Using my fingers I drew an air rectangle about the size of the pouch and once again  explained to Judy what a lanyard was. Then I sent her off to search. After bringing me a number of small items, only one of them having anything to do with string, I got out my mother’s passport lanyard. and showed it to Judy.

“It looks like this,” I instructed as I held up the cord.

“Oh! That’s got Mudder’s name on it.”

“Yes, mine looks like this, but it is all black and doesn’t have Mother’s name on it,” I explained.

“It doesn’t have Mudder’s name? but that’s Mudder’s, she insisted.

Since I realized I could probably climb Mount Fuji in the time it would take to explain to Judy what I was looking for, I retreated to my room with visions of some scruffy-faced burly dude named Thor taking his girlfriend Trixie on a shopping spree at Biker Barn with my credit card!

As I booted up my computer to check my credit card usage, I thought about worse case scenarios. I would have to cancel my credit card, get a new driver’s license, have new keys made, get a new lock placed on my storage unit, and prove I didn’t shop at Biker Barn. Then I reminded myself that God is in control. The worse case scenario would be for my identity to be stolen. And even in that case, I would eventually be able to prove who I was, and everything would be restored in the end.

I clicked on my account on the screen and scrolled down to the balance box. “Thank you, Lord! No usage–and no stolen identity.” A short while later I found my lanyard in a stack of papers I had been sorting. As I breathed a sigh of relief, I thought about the morning’s events. I realized how far God had brought me. Not once, when I was searching for my lanyard and going over possible scenarios, did I beat my self up. Phrases like, “You’re so stupid” and “Can’t you do anything right?” didn’t even enter my mind. But that had not always been the case. Most of my life the enemy had convinced me that I was of little value. Not knowing my true identity (my identity in Christ) gave the devil many opportunities to steal from me. I will share more details in future blogs.

When God created man, He created him in His own image. He looked  at man (male and female) and said what He created was very good. So very good it was time to take a break, rest and admire His handiwork. The devil s a liar. He spends a lot of time trying to convince us that what God says is good is really bad, and what God says is not good is really good–or good for us. He is also a thief. He comes to kill, steal and destroy.

BUT GOD HAS COME TO BRING LIFE IN ABUNDANCE!

Has your identity been stolen or misplaced. The truth is if you are believing  anything contrary to what God says about you, the devil is racking up purchases with you spiritual credit card. The good news is that credit card fraud can be exposed and corrected. Even better news is that the correction of our identity means that we are issued a new card–one under Christ’s identity. And there is no charge limit on His card because it was already paid in full on Calvary!

The following are some “I AM” statements from Ephesians that speak of our identity in Christ. May you be blessed as you are reminded of your incredible value!

I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11)

I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4)

I am adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5)

I am given God’s glorious grace lavishly and without restriction (Ephesians 1:5,8)

I am in Him (Ephesians 1:7;)

I have redemption (Ephesians 1:8)

I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:8;)

I have purpose (Ephesians 1:9 & 3:11)

I have hope (Ephesians 1:12)

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