As we look at our surroundings and view all that the Lord has provided us, we can see so much good on Earth. But before we even existed, there’s always been someone that has wanted to take the Glory from God.
God is the Originator, Creator, Master of all. For everything that has been done, there is a copy, re-creator, duplicate of the original source. Satan, the master of counterfeit, tries to mimic and confuse God’s original plan. He has construed the truth in everything in life since the moment he decided he wanted God’s position in Heaven.
Eve thought she could be as smart as God but we all know she was deceived by Satan. Scripture states that Satan told her, “you will be like God” (Gen. 3:5). How could we be like God if He’s the Master?
I always wondered why Eve would jeopardize the relationship with the Lord. She had it all; nothing missing. But because she thought there was something more than what she had, she fell into sin. She wanted to be someone that she could never be.
Deception is one of satan’s devices to lead unsuspecting people astray. There are many examples of people falsely posing as others in the Bible. Sara tried to pose Hagar’s son as her own but it caused more harm than good (Gen 16:3). Rebekah thought she should help God in the destinies of her children after God had told her what would come to fulfillment. Hence, tried to pose her youngest as the oldest child and present him to his father for the blessing (Gen 25:23, 27:23). After many years of labor, Laban gave Jacob Leah instead of Rachel (who he originally asked for) into marriage (Gen 29:25-29). We see that identify theft is nothing new in our day; it was alive and well in the Old Testament. As technology increases the greater the opportunity for theft to change in various forms.
What is identity theft?
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, social security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.
The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. In fact, you or someone you know may have experienced some form of identity theft.
The crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card, or establish a telephone account in your name. You may not find out about the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges you didn’t make—or until you’re contacted by a debt collector.
Identity theft is serious. While some identity theft victims can resolve their problems quickly, others spend hundreds to thousands of dollars and many months or years repairing damage to their good name and credit record. Some consumers victimized by identity theft may lose out on job opportunities, or be denied loans for education, housing or cars because of negative information on their credit reports. In rare cases, they may even be arrested for crimes they did not commit.
If we can do this to others, just imagine what the devil could do to an unsuspecting individual.
Are we taking someone else’s identity physically or mentally? Do we see someone else’s life and want to be just like them? Do we take it a step further and try to be like them?
God has formed us unique in a way that we cannot be like anyone else. Only you can fulfill the purpose he’s destined for you; ONLY YOU! Stop looking back and to the sides at what people have accomplished and what great things are happening in their lives. I guarantee you there are things they have gone through that you wouldn’t even want to think about. Have we ever thought how much effort, strength, time it has taken an individual to get to where they are? If we knew, we would look at them in a different way. We see the end result but we have no idea the sacrifices it took to get there. Would you be willing to make those same sacrifices?
1 John 4:4 (AMP)
Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.
If we allow the Holy Spirit to reside within us, He can take away what the enemy tries to attack us with. There may be those who in some way, shape, or form has practiced identity theft. The Lord can repair anything in life but the first step is to surrender and make the necessary corrections. We see in the Bible that those who took the identity of someone else had to pay for that action.
Even Tamar who posed herself as a harlot to lay with her father-in-law, Judah, to claim the rights of her dead husbands’ inheritance had to go through the mental, physical, and emotional rollercoaster. She goes through embarrassment, ridicule, and disappointments; she had to suffer for the cause (Gen. 38).
Then there are those who are victims of identity theft. My husband lost his wallet a few months ago and it was the most uneasy feeling that anyone could have. We looked high and low for it but to no success. The time and energy it takes to call the police station, credit card companies, reporting agencies, etc. was draining. We have had to scrutinize everything to confirm that his identity was intact. One important lesson I’ve learned from all this is to forgive the one who is causing havoc in your life.
Mark 11:25-26 (AMP)
25And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.
26But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.
If Jesus could hang on the Cross in all the pain He was in and call out to God, “Lord, forgive them for they not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34), hanging there not for His sake but for the sake of others; The Lamb of God, how much more should we quickly forgive those who harm us?
What Jesus is saying is, hey, if I could do it, you can do it. As we sit back and think about those we haven’t forgiven due to identity theft or any other offenses, remember where Jesus stood, what He did, and the power He gave us to succeed in life.