Identity Theft is one of the most dangerous crimes in the world. It happens when someone steals your credit to make purchases in your name which can wreck havoc on your finances. As dangerous as financial identity theft might be, it’s nothing compared to Spiritual Identity Theft which I believe is even more rampant and destructive. This happens when we allow the world to define us and we find our identity in anything other than God. The only way to have an accurate sense of identity is to know God and what He says about You.
Searching for purpose in anything but God will prove to be a dead end. Below are some of the most common “identity traps” followed by some of God’s promises to help you discover true purpose.
Your identity is Not found in your Work.
So I gave up in despair, questioning the value of all my hard work in this world. Ecclesiastes 2:20 (NLT)
Your identity is Not found in your Appearance.
The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)
Your identity is Not found in your Past.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
YOUR IDENTITY IS FOUND IN GOD. HERE IS WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT YOU.
God sees you as Priceless
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9-10 (NLT)
God sees you as a Masterpiece
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
God sees you as His.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
“But there is a God who made you for a reason, and your life has profound meaning. We discover that meaning and purpose only when we make God the reference point of our lives.” –Rick Warren, The Purpose-Driven Life