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Can I lose my identity?

Grace 101

 

Suppose you decided that you were afraid of banks and you took all your savings and other money in cash and put it in a special safe in your basement.  For a while, everything is good.  When you need money, you go down to get some.  When you get money, you put it in the safe.  The system works fine.

Until you lose the key.

Something happens to distract you and you put the key somewhere, but you can’t remember where.  Suddenly your money isn’t available to you.  When you need it, you can’t get to it.

But here’s a question: Did you lose your money?  Of course not.  It’s still right where you put it.  You own it and it’s yours.  But you don’t have access to it because of that distraction that made you lose the key.

Now, can you lose your identity?  Well, there is a sense in Christian teaching that all people lost their identity when sin entered the world.  In Adam, we all lost the identity that was supposed to be ours.  In fact, much of life consists of trying to rebuild or refashion an identity.  Identity apart from Christ is part of the flesh and part of the deception.

But believers cannot lose their identity because Jesus is our life.  What He says about us is true even when we forget it.

And there’s the rub: identity can be forgotten.  The distraction comes—a relationship, a temptation, a decision—and the rabbit trail leads away from the truth.  Feelings and bad logic assert themselves and give false information.  It certainly is not uncommon for a believer to forget his identity.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that some people never really learned the truth about their identity.  Some people receive such poor teaching about their relationship with the Lord that they never find the assurance and acceptance they should experience in Christ.  They think they must still try hard to get what they already have.

But all the things you received in the package of salvation are yours to keep.  They define you.  They reveal your identity.  You are righteous.  You are free.  You are strong.  This is who you are, even when you forget.

And, yes, sometimes life gets so distracting that it is easy to forget the truth.  The lie sounds so right, so close to the truth, that it just has to lead you a little off the path.  Pretty soon you find it hard to get back.  But when you can see the truth again, you rediscover who you are in Christ.  Your identity hasn’t changed.

This is what I meant by saying that identity does not suffer when abused.  The real you is still the same person.  Your circumstances might be different and you might be a little smarter now, but all the things you found in Christ are yours.

You see, our identity flows out of Him.  Our security is in Him.  Even our own forgetfulness or distraction, even our own denial, cannot change the truth of who we are in Him.

Thanks to those who asked about this.  Let me know if this helps or if it causes more questions. 🙂

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A Security Blanket?

What is your security?  Yesterday I wrote about how some people see money as a source of security.  Some look to their marriage as a source of security.  Others see family in that way.  Or friends.  Or health.  Or a job.  Or a good neighborhood.  Or a certain country, a certain church, a certain house.  Linus has his blanket.  What do you have?

The need for security resides deeply in the human heart.  We consider it a survival requirement.  I think we were made that way.  Think about it: Humans are born weak and dependent.  We have no choice but to trust someone or something else to provide for us for several years.  That primary uncertainty builds in us a need for security.  We want to know where our next meal is coming from and we want to feel safe.

As we grew, our flesh system learned ways to feel secure.  Some people saw a connection between hard work and security.  Some found security in associations with certain people or organizations.  Others found security in their own abilities.  Then, when those things are taken away, they find themselves in trouble.  What’s even more interesting is that they were never able to find real security because they always knew that person or that organization or those abilities could go away.  So they lived in insecurity because the source of their security wasn’t secure. (Sorry ;))

 

But the Christian’s security will not be found in the things of this world.  The Lord Himself is our security.

 

 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

 Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress. Psalm 71:3

 For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. Psalm 61:3

We believe this, right?  We can trust the Lord, right?  So why do we become afraid?  Perhaps because we still think that these other things offer us security.  There is no security in bank accounts or employers or friends.  Most of us have found that out the hard way.  But there is security in the Lord who loves us.

Looking for security in anything or anyone other than the Lord and His great love opens us to fear and bondage.  There is freedom in not expecting our security from the things of this world.

So, remind yourself that it is only the flesh that calls you back to trusting on these false sources of security—and the flesh is part of the past.  The Spirit leads you to trust the Lord, no matter what is happening around you.

 

. . . Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior. . . Isaiah 43:1-3

Let the past be past!

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