Beware of Identity Theft

by Nancy Kay Grace

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him… Psalm 103:11 NIV

Not long ago, when I checked the status of a credit card account online, I noticed a charge I did not make. After several phone calls to the vendor and the credit card company, it became clear that I was a victim of credit card fraud and identity theft.

Thankfully, this did not involve a huge sum of money.  It did cost a lot of time to get the issue resolved. The theft happened without my knowing it. After a new card number was issued, I had to contact any merchant that had used the previous card. It took nearly a year before the refund appeared on my statement.

Identity theft can also occur within our hearts. The enemy of our souls robs us of our joy and self-esteem by whispering lies that cause us to doubt our value to God.

Comparisons, perfectionism, and focusing on past mistakes are a few of the lies that can snatch our self-identity. When we compare ourselves to others, we lose sight of our uniqueness to the Creator. If we think anything we do must be perfect, we believe the lie that we are only as good as the last performance of a task. Regrets from past mistakes keep us from forgiving ourselves and moving forward with confidence. When we succumb to any of these, we are suffering from identity theft.  

How can we prevent spiritual identity theft? By knowing and believing what God says about us in His Word. Here are a few key thoughts and Bible verses to bolster self-worth:

God knows you personally. “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1 NIV

God created you. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

Because of God’s unconditional love, Christ died for you. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NIV

Because of God’s immense love for us, we are chosen as His children. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”1 John 3:1 NIV           

As someone who has struggled with physical identity theft—through my credit card incident—and spiritual identity theft—through listening to lies about myself —I know my source of truth is in what the Word of God says about my value.

Each day presents a new opportunity to look in the mirror and say, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator who loves me.”          

Our self-worth is stronger when we understand our identity in Jesus Christ.

As someone who has struggled with physical identity theft—through my credit card incident—and spiritual identity theft—through listening to lies about myself —I know my source of truth is in what the Word of God says about my value.

Each day presents a new opportunity to look in the mirror and say, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator who loves me.”          

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Nancy Kay Grace is thankful for the gift of peace in the face of turmoil. She is a speaker and award-winning author of The Grace Impact, a devotional about the touch of God. As a cancer survivor, she writes about hope, perseverance, and God’s grace. For relaxation, Nancy enjoys hugs from grandchildren, playing worship songs on piano, hiking, and travel. Her website, blog, and GraceNotes newsletter sign-up are found at www.nancykaygrace.com.

Join the conversation: With what part of your spiritual identity do you struggle the most?

One thought on “Beware of Identity Theft

  1. Nancy, this is a great comparison! I have experienced both the physical and spiritual problems you explain in your blog and constantly have to remind myself of my identity IN CHRIST. Thanks for a wonderful message I can really relate to. Fran

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