Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! http://www.LorettaGjeltema.com

It all started with a phone call. As the conversation began to unfold I realized that something was not right. I quickly hung up and did a bit of research, my identity had been stolen! It was not my financial identity, but my medical identity. Someone had impersonated me, using my medical history to obtain drugs. I went through a series of emotions, shock, violation, anger, determination. The feelings I experienced are normal when someone steals from us.

We hear of someone who has had their financial identity stollen fairly often. When I filed the police report, they told me that even in my small community there are several reports a day. But, that evening as I was processing the events of the day, it hit me, our spiritual identity is stolen too.

Spiritual identity, you ask? Well, yes! It happens every day to someone. We listen to the voice that says you are worthless, you are not worthy, you are guilty. But the truth is that once we belong to Christ we have a new identity, we are new creations.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Cor 5:17 NLT

We have been purchased by Christ’s blood and we have a new identity, but we have a hard time shifting gears in our head. We keep thinking we are that same old person, the one we were before Christ. Intellectually we say, I’m saved, but our hearts do not seem convinced. Our actions do not reflect our salvation. Our thought patterns cling to the patterns of that old person before salvation. Simply speaking, we let our identity as daughters of God be stolen!

Simply speaking, we let our identity as daughters of God be stolen! Click To Tweet

So here’s my challenge, if you choose to accept…let this truth shock you! Then get angry about it and replace that anger with a new determination to think and live and act like the redeemed woman of God that you are. Fight for your identity in Christ!

 

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Author: Loretta Gjeltema

Retired from my career as a scientist, I’m diving into God’s word and sharing the encouragement I receive. I know it can be hard some days. On those days, any little bit of encouragement might make the difference for you. I’m hoping to provide a place to find just that!

12 thoughts on “Stolen Identity”

  1. A great source for who we are in Christ is in Ephesians 1. We’ve been blessed with every spiritual blessing, have been adopted into God’s royal family, including a promise of an inheritance. How quickly we trade that in for something less, for a counterfeit offering that quickly fades to worthless! Thanks for this awesome reminder!

  2. I’m sorry for all the hassle and frustration you’ve had to deal with but I love the lesson you draw from the experience. It is important to hold on to our true identity in Christ and not let that be stolen away from us. Visiting from Coffee For Your Heart.

  3. Loretta, I love your challenge. It’s so easy to forget how valuable we are to God. It shouldn’t be since He sent Jesus to die for us. If we’d just take a moment to ponder this: the creator of everything loves “me” so much that He would sacrifice His own son for “me.”
    It’s staggering how valuable we are!
    Thanks for the reminder.

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