Chocolate For Your Soul with Sheri Rose Shepherd - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Identity Theft
by Sheri Rose Shepherd

Many of us have experienced spiritual identity theft. We’ve lost our confidence in who we are in Christ, and we feel worthless or wounded by someone’s words. We have held in our hearts a false identity. We believe a lie about ourselves, and that lie defines us. You do not have to let others’ hurtful words define you anymore. Those who spoke them did not give their lives, as Jesus did, to prove your worth… the truth is—you are a treasured daughter of the King!

Jesus promises us that the truth will set us free. Where can we find this kind of truth? How can we get our birthright back from the one who has stolen it from us? I don’t know who broke your heart or struck you with lies, but I do know how to reverse the curse and help you walk in the truth that your soul is craving.

In John 10:10, God warns us that Satan comes only to kill, steal, and destroy us. The best way for Satan to accomplish his mission is to give us a false identity. Jesus gave His life to give you a new identity—the kind of identity that is carved so deeply on our hearts that it can never be erased by another person’s hurtful words. Embracing our Christ-given identity can only happen if you trade the lies for truth. You need to renew your mind by speaking, reading, and believing who you are in Christ. I have learned that if we don’t know our true identity, then we are vulnerable to allowing someone else to give us a false identity. If we are not submerged in God’s truth, we will become victims of spiritual identity theft.

No one can define you without your permission. If you continue giving the people around you power to tell you who you are, then you are no longer a victim of spiritual identity theft—you are a volunteer.

Here’s how to go about your truth makeover:

Speak the truth. Whenever a lie is spoken to you or enters your mind, speak this phrase to yourself out loud: “That is a lie. The truth is . . .” Then say the truth out loud so your mind will hear your mouth. For example, if someone speaks a hurtful word to you, then speak to yourself out loud: “That is a lie. The truth is, my worth is not in what anyone else says about me. I will not allow someone’s hurtful words to define me any longer.”

Fast off lies. Try a seven-day fast by not speaking anything negative about yourself or repeating any lies that have been spoken over you or about you. If possible, ask a friend to hold you accountable to speak only truth.

Read these Scriptures that speak the truth, that you are…..

Write the truth. Take one of the Scriptures above that speaks to your heart and write it down, personalizing it with your name. Put it in a beautiful frame and place it somewhere you can see it.

God's Letter to You

I believe if The Lord was going to write you a personal letter about battles this life brings it may read like this....

My Beloved Daughter,

You are royalty even when you don’t feel like a princess. How you feel about yourself will never change the truth of who you are in Me. You are My treasure, and I have chosen you. If you ever begin to doubt your significance, just look to the cross and remember I gave My life to prove your worth. I see your heart and I know you fight to find truth. So start by recognizing who I am: the King of Kings and Lord of Lords—and your Daddy in heaven. Saturate yourself in My truth and you will discover how loved and treasured you are.

Love,
Your God Who Adores You

My Prayer For You

I pray in Jesus’ name that you find the truth of who you are in Christ. I pray that you stop looking to a man or other women to define your worth. I pray that you will begin to crave God’s Word more than man’s words of affirmation. May you find the truth you’re longing for and the key to unlock and release the lies inside of your soul.

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