Avoiding Spiritual Identity Theft

Have you ever had your identity stolen? If you have, you know what a headache it is to restore your credit. Your credit score gets messed up. You have creditors calling you about charges you don’t know anything about. Some people have the police come after them for illegal activity that some knucklehead decided to engage in. You have to get a new credit card and call every creditor with payments connected to your card. It’s awful, isn’t it? Likewise, the enemy of your soul seeks to commit spiritual identity theft on a daily basis. He is out to steal your identity in Christ so that you will never be able to fulfill the plan and purpose God has for you.

Our spiritual identity rests on seven pillars. We have to know that in God’s eyes we are 1) Unequivocally righteous, 2) Unconditionally loved, 3) Totally accepted, 4) Completely approved, 5)Wildly blessed, 6) Highly favored and 7) Infinitely valuable. Therefore, as you can imagine, it’s extremely important that we hang on to who we are in Christ no matter what situations arise in life. We have to know who we are (and whose we are) on such a deep level that nothing can shake it. Therefore, to keep the devil from stealing your identity, you must employ similar tactics used to keep people from stealing your earthly identity. Here are three anti-identity theft strategies that are analogous to what needs to be done in the spirit to avoid spiritual identity theft:

  1. Guard your personal information. Be careful to protect your social security number and other personal information so that criminals will not use be able to use them to your disadvantage. In the same way, you must be on guard in the spirit. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23 (NIV), “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” That means that that you need to pay attention to what you allow into your ear and eye gates. Also, be careful who you allow into your inner circle.
  2. Lock your credit report down with a credit report freeze. When someone steals your identity, one of the first things you need to do is to submit an online credit report freeze request for each of the three major credit bureaus. Likewise, you must have the Word of God “on lockdown” in your heart. Hide the Word in your heart, know it like the back of your hand, and be fully persuaded that God’s Word is true.
  3. Check your credit report on a regular basis. To minimize the damage that identity thieves can do to your credit, it’s imperative that you check each of your credit reports with the 3 credit bureaus at least once per year. In the same manner, whenever the enemy tries to steal your identity in Christ by using people or situations to get you to alter the way you view yourself, you need to examine any thoughts that don’t line up with the Word of God. You must cast those thoughts down! Don’t even entertain them!

Beloved, refuse to let the enemy steal your identity. Take steps to make sure you are fully persuaded about what God says about you. Refuse to see yourself through the eyes of people and the circumstances the devil presents to you. You must do what you can to keep your spiritual identity intact because, if you don’t, you will never fulfill your destiny in Christ. Don’t let it happen to you!

Have you ever experienced spiritual identity theft? What did you do to recover? Please leave a comment below.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTIVATING FRIENDSHIPS

I pondered recently on the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree that Jesus told His disciples in Luke 13:6-9. The owner of a vineyard had a fig tree that was not producing fruit, so he wanted to cut it down. However, his gardener told him to wait another year and allow him to dig around it and fertilize it. God gave me a fresh application of the passage of scripture that I want to share with you today.

FRIENDSHIPS MUST BE CULTIVATED

When I read that passage, God showed me how that tree represents the friendships in our lives. Like that barren fig tree, friendships must be cultivated. Uncultivated friendships will never be fruitful. Friendships left unattended will die. In verse 8 of the parable, God gave me three principles for cultivating our friendships and making them gro

GIVING TIME – ALLOWING THE FRIENDSHIP TIME TO GROW

First, the man who took care of the vineyard told the owner when he threatened to cut down the barren fig tree, “Leave it alone for one more year.” That indicates friendships take time to grow. That’s why we need to have patience with the people He has placed in our lives. Let’s not be so apt to cut people off so quickly. Given time, the friendship can grow and end up be a very beneficial connection in the long run

DIGGING – GETTING TO KNOW THEM

The second thing the vineyard worker said he would do is to “dig around” the tree. When it comes to friendships we, also, must do some digging in the sense that we have to spend time getting to know one another. That takes more than a text or Facebook message. To get to know likes and dislikes, we must spend time with each other. We need to dig deeper and ask questions. We need to find out what makes people tick. Digging can only really take place when we spend time with each other in person or have phone conversations.

FERTILIZING – SEEKING TO ADD VALUE TO THOSE AROUND YOU

The third thing the gardener said he would do is to “fertilize” the tree. In the same way, we need to “fertilize” our friendships by adding value to the lives of those around us. When we pray for and with our friends, come to their aid when they need help, rejoice with them when they experience good fortune, and weep with them in tragedy, we fertilize the friendship and add value to the lives of others. When you give gifts that bless your friends, give them an encouraging word, or do what you can to help them to fulfill God-given potential, that is the fertilizer that helps friendships to thrive and grow.

FRIENDS ARE A GIFT FROM THE LORD

My dad once told me, “If you have one good friend you can trust in your life, you are blessed.” Friendships are necessary if we are going to progress in life. God has handpicked people to usher us into our destiny, and those friends are precious gifts from the Lord. Like the gardener in the parable, let’s make sure we are making the effort to cultivate the friendships that God has so lovingly placed in our lives.
 

What is your view on how to cultivate friendships? Please leave a comment below.

I’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU ON MY BOOK LAUNCH TEAM!
As I had previously stated in my last newsletter, I am launching my new book Keeping Christ in Christmas: Though-Provoking Ideas for Making Jesus the Center of Your Child’s Christmas Holiday very shortly. I am looking for people who would be willing to read an electronic copy of my book and give an honest review on Amazon.com when it’s released later this year. If you would be willing to give me a hand, please email me at tracey@traceylmoore.com, and I will send you a copy of the book, keep you posted about the progression of my marketing campaign, and let you know when the book is released so you can post your review. Thanks for your help in advance!.
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