Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Cor 5:17
If any of you have ever been the victim of identity theft, it is the worse feeling in the world. Just coming into knowledge that someone without your knowledge pretended to be you and obtain anything from credit to money just sends you into a tailspin. This action not only ruins your ability to function correctly in society but it makes you feel like you have not done enough to protect yourself. You start to think about your family and friends and wonder if they know or who you should confide in. You start to lose trust in everyday functions and in anyone that asks you for any of your information. The act alone is life changing.
While at bible class on Sunday, the speaker talked about identity theft in Christ and what your identity is rooted in. This started me thinking how similar the actions of identity theft in life and in the spirit world compare. We all know the verse in John 10 that says the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full (v:10). Immediately you see that the thief has no recourse here for the light of the spirit has come in and saved you and saved you fully. We also know about the roaring lion in 1 Peter 5; be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (v: 8). this verse describes how evil just continuously prowls looking for something to devour, destroy, take away. As we look at this verse and focus on the roaring lion, Psalms 22:13 comes to mind; Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me. A hungry lion is one that roars….why? Because is it hungry and looking for something quick and easy that will satisfy its hunger. Much like the thieves in today’s world, who may not roar but they are always on the prowl looking for something easy to satisfy their wrong doing. They take from those who have labored and attempt to ruin any chances of recovery. Not so with the Lord!
A lion takes on a different meaning in Judges 14. In this chapter, the lion is torn apart by the spirit of the Lord that has come down powerfully and saved Samson and his parents from sure danger! Now that is a lion I would want on my side. A protector, a guardian, one who knows the danger I am in and rescues me from it! When you think about it, Samson had the Lord with him but the Lord went further to save him and his family by giving him super strength to deal with the lion! This should help us to remember that when we rely on the Lord, he will do exceedingly, above all we can ask of him according to his power that dwells in us (Ephesians 3:20)! We know from reading the word that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Ps 46:1) We know that the thief (Satan) only has power when we lose sight of Him who sustains us. We as believers must also remember that Satan knows the word as well. To remain vigilant when guarding your spirit is just like remaining vigilant when guarding your identity, aware that at any moment you could be tricked into something that is not good for you. Remaining rooted (present) in the word and He remains at work in us (1 Thes 2:13, 2 Tim 2:15, John 14:10) Like credit monitoring, God is always at work in us making sure that the word and work remain ever present in our daily lives. When we go and open the bible and meet with Him we reaffirm that ability of the protection of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Make sure your protection is in the Lord!