Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Don’t Be A Victim Of Spiritual Identity Theft

 Identity Theft is an issue that doesn’t just happen in the secular world, but very much so in the spiritual.  It seems quite questionable that the worldly idea of an individuals identity being stolen can happen without out a  tangible theft of ones property as in a drivers license or an identification card.
Well the American Pastor Dr. Leroy Thompson, (Ever Increasing Word Ministries) preached on the issue of spiritual identity theft among Christians on their television broadcast on 11/29/10.  Once a Christian becomes saved or born again, they have received a new identity-they belong to CHRIST. “For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new real] life is hidden with Christ in God. (Cols 3:3-Amplified).

 Many more scriptures in the Bible substantiate this fact.  For instance,  Ephesians 2:10(Amplified) says that ‘For we are God’s [own] handiwork (his workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined….”   According to Mark 9:41(Amplified)-” For I tell you truly, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to and bear the name of Christ will by no means fail to get his reward.”

So as a result of this this new identity in Christ, if  a Christian experiences poverty, sickness, lack of faith, evil attacks,  deficiencies in business or family fertility- their identity in Christ  has been stolen.. In fact the Bible requests that Christians should test and prove by ever-increasing experiences that Jesus Christ is in them, unless they are counterfeits.(  2nd Corinthians 13:5).

If a Christian is  the victim of  evil attacks-their identity in Christ has been stolen because according to the Bible the Lord  will fight for his believers- greater is the power of God that is in every Christian than the powers of the world.  Deut 28:7 says that the Lord will cause enemies that rise up against Christians to be defeated before their faces-those enemies will come against them one way and flee from before them seven ways.  Isaiah 54:14 -17 tells every Christian that they shall be far from even the thought of oppression or destruction, that whoever stirs up strife against them shall fall and surrender to them, and lastly any weapon formed against them shall not prosper.

If a Christian is experiencing sickness-their identity in Christ has been stolen because according  James 5:15(Amplified) “ And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Deut 7:15, says  that the Lord will take away from you all the sickness.  Exodus 23:25 says “ You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst.”

If a Christian is experiencing lack of faith-their identity in Christ has been stolen because according to the Bible is it impossible for any Christian to please God without faith.  Hosea 14:4(Amplified) God says “ I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely,…..” As a result Romans 16:25 (Amplified) says -”Now to him Who is able to strengthen you in the faith which is in accordance with my Gospel and the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ (the Messiah)…”  There are also angels available to strengthen Christians.  In Luke 22:43 an angel from heaven strengthened  Jesus in spirit. Even in the Holy Quran (Translation by A. Yusuf Ali)Surah 2:253,Surah 5:113;  states that  Jesus was strengthened with the holy spirit.
If a Christian is experiencing poverty-their identity in Christ has been stolen because according to the Bible, God takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants and his desire is to give them the  kingdom.  Psalms 33:10, says that those who seek the lord on the authority of his word-none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.    But most importantly, a Christian that is obedient to God’s word concerning tithes, offering and sowing experiences the reward of God  opening up the windows of heaven with overflow of blessings and they also  receive 30, 60, or 100 fold harvest from their seeds sown. 

Poverty is not the portion of  a Christian unless they are encountering  identity theft.

If a Christian is experiencing deficiencies in business-their identity in Christ has been stolen because according to the book of Joshua 1:8, if  Christians  meditate, observe and do according to the word of  God then they shall make their way prosperous and shall deal wisely and have good success.  This is also emphasized throughout Deuteronomy 28 :1-13.  Christians that diligently heed to the voice of God and his commandments are blessed in their movements, their storehouses are blessed, their land is blessed, all the work of their hands is blessed, they even have a surplus of prosperity through their stock.

If a Christian is experiencing fruitless family fertility-their identity in Christ has been stolen because according to Genesis 17:6(amplified) “I will make you exceedingly fruitful and I will make nations of you and kings will come from you.”  Genesis 22:17(Amplified) says “In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your  Seed(Heir) will possess the gate of his enemies.” 

In conclusion, this is not a  far-fetched belief for those that have surrendered all that they have and are to God.  For the Bible tells us so!

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