Identity is such an important concept because it defines who you are, where you are going and what you will achieve. As a child of God, your identity should be defined by God and God alone. Who does God say you are?
God gave man His identity the moment He created him but the devil came shortly afterward to steal that identity.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
In the verse above, the first thing the devil did to Adam and Eve was to make them doubt what God said. He went to attack the root of their identity. You must understand that your identity is hidden in what God has said. Do you know what God has said about you? Do you see yourself in the light of God’s word?
Be careful how you treat God’s word because in the Word you find your identity. You begin to fail in the understanding of your identity when you doubt the word of God. Child of God, do away with anything that makes you doubt what God said. Look at Genesis 3:1 again, the devil said, “Has God indeed said…” He was asking them if they were sure that God said what they thought He said. He was creating room for doubt. Anytime you hear such a voice that questions what God has said, understand that the devil is at it again. The devil doesn’t have a new style; he uses the same old method over and over again. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 2:11 that we are not ignorant of his devices because he has not changed his style at all.
Stop listening to the lies of the devil. He made Adam and Eve to doubt by telling them what God did not say. He said, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Looking at Genesis 2, you will see that God did not say that;
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. Genesis 2:16-17
We see here that God permitted them to eat of every tree of the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. By saying that God told them not to eat of every tree in the garden, the devil was only telling distorted truth which is essentially a lie. He is a liar and the father of it in fact.
The devil not only operates by audibly telling us distorted truth alone; he also uses situations to lie to us. Sometimes, situations speak to us and they are contrary to what God said to us. Understand that what is written is superior to what is happening. So, if what is happening does not correspond to what is written, then what is happening is temporal. Dr Myles Munroe once said, “If what you see is not what you have seen, then what you see is temporal.”
We know that the devil tries to tell us lies but do you know your response to his lies is important? When he tried to sow seeds of doubt in their heart, Adam and Eve did not place a premium on God’s word. What they did was try to reason and discuss with him. No wonder the devil could proceed with the lie in Genesis 3:4;
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Adam and Eve should have responded to the devil using what God said just as Jesus did in Matthew 4 when the devil tried to tempt Him. Jesus started His reply with “It is written” for all the things the devil said to Him. He overcame the devil using the word of God.
Don’t let the devil steal your identity by telling you what God has not said about you. There are people today who hold on to positions and titles and this has, for a long time, hindered them from pressing into God’s height for them.
The starting point of your breakthrough is knowing who you are. Moses did not know or understand his identity until he was forty years old. Prior to this time, he did mot visit his brethren or reckon with them. He stepped into destiny the moment he realised his identity.
Your sense of identity ultimately decides the path you will take in life. So ask yourself this question; “Who am I?”