The number of identity theft incidents has reached 9.9 million a year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Every minute about 19 people fall victim to identity theft. It takes the average victim an estimated $500 and 30 hours to resolve each identity theft crime.
This is bad stuff, especially if you are the victim. But consider this. The most important identity theft that ever occurs is the one Satan pulls on you to steal who you really are in Christ Jesus:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love heb predestined us for adoption to sonshipc through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and willâ€” to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of Godâ€™s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, hed made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 1to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillmentâ€”to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ (Eph. 1:3-10).
A good friend of mine, who has traveled the US and world for more than 42 years as a teacher-evangelist, says that self-worth is the biggest problem in the body of Christ. If you consider the above, you would have to wonder how this happens. Itâ€™s easy really. Itâ€™s called lies since birth.
We Believe What We Hear and Experience
From conception the human spirit begins to believe truth or lies, primarily lies, because there is usually little defense for the child being formed at that point. The Lord in His omniscience formed the human spirit before the brain in an effort to jumpstart our lives in the right direction, but the enemy of our souls had other plans.
Science is continuing to verify what God taught us in His Word about the miracle of formation in the womb â€“ what we can know, understand and even judge. Thus a child being formed can be blessed or cursed by what he or she hears and experiences. â€œI bless you with the joy of the Lord and the knowledge that you are infinitely loved!â€ Or, â€œI donâ€™t want this child!â€ â€œWe cannot afford this baby right now!â€ â€œItâ€™s your fault for wanting this blankety-blank child!â€ These words sink deeply into our innermost being:
â€œThe words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the bellyâ€ (Prov. 18:8 KJV). Interestingly, some translations for heart in the Scriptures are â€œchambers of the belly.â€ In other words, we could conclude that different aspects of the heart are affected by the words that are spoken to us.
Clarke’s Commentary on Proverbs 18:8: â€¨The words of a talebearer – ×“×‘×¨×™ × ×¨×’×Ÿ dibrey nirgan, “the words of the whisperer,” the busybody, the busy, meddling croaker. Verba bilinguis, “the words of the double-tongued.” – Vulgate. The wordes of the twisel tunge – Old MS. Bible. “The words of a slanderer.” – Coverdale.
Our Words and the Brain
Neuroscience and the newest research in biology, now show that only 5% of our mind-brain daily functioning is on a conscious level. 95% is on a subconscious level, out of our awareness. Our conscious mind processes information data at 40 bits per second. The subconscious mind processes data at 40,000,000 bits per second, so it is 1 million times faster. When the subconscious mind is in conflict with what the conscious mind believes or a goal it wants to accomplish, our behaviour will be determined by the subconscious.
Wired for Love
According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, author of Who Switched Off My Brain, â€œTraditionally the fields of clinical psychology and psychiatry have operated in the medical or disease model. In the disease model the health practitioner looks for what is wrong in the patient, or what disease process is present. Once the disease is diagnosed, it is corrected by a cognitive or pharmacological intervention. The focus is on the negative aspects of the mind and brain.Â However,Â recent research has shown that there is an â€˜optimism biasâ€™ wired into our brains. We seem to be â€˜wired for love.â€™ In other words, we are wired to expect good things for ourselves; we are wired for the positive. It has been shown that this bias has a positive impact on our mental, physical and financial health. This discovery is at the core of the recently emerging fields of Positive PsychologyÂ and Positive Psychiatry.
In contrast to being wired for love, we have to be conditioned to fear according to Pavlovian principles. In other words even though we are naturally wired for love, we have to learn fear. There is even a state called â€˜Learned Helplessnessâ€™Â in which a person has to beÂ forced into- a type of depression. In summary, therefore, the preponderance of evidence is pointing to the fact that we are wired for love (positivity) and we have to learn fear (negativity). This will have huge implications in the health care industry.â€
The Spirit is Primary
God made us with a human spirit, soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23), with the spirit to be in the lead role. The Adamic Fall caused the soul (mind) to take the lead, reversing Godâ€™s plan for dominion. Whereas once we were conditioned to seek and hear Godâ€™s leading through our spirits, the focus now became human reasoning and analysis. As Arthur Burk says, â€œThe spirit in most people is like a stickman, and the soul is like a sumo wrestler!â€
God made us such an incredible species, but because of the aforementioned, we succumb to lies about who we are and settle for less than optimum lives promised by God. Our real identity, that of Royal Blood, is stolen from us on a regular basis, until we believe what is being said to us in the spirit realm.
God made our incredible brains, and He loves them. I never cease to be amazed at the brilliance of some people, while at the same time regretting their spiritual darkness and lack of wisdom that is found in Godâ€™s Word. Even with these terrific minds, Godâ€™s intent was to be able to talk to us, lead us and direct us via our spirit, and there is nothing in the Bible that intimates He stopped communicating with us in this manner.
â€œ9But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [[e]who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].
10Â Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the [f]divine counsels and things hidden and beyond manâ€™s scrutiny].
11Â For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a manâ€™s thoughts except the manâ€™s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of Godâ€ (I Cor. 2:9-11 Amp).
In effect, we only know who we are by revelation of the Holy Spirit. Nobody on this planet can tell you who you are but Him. People can boast about you and tell you all kinds of sweet things, which you may not believe, no matter how much you want to, but God through His Spirit, will brand that truth inside you, sometimes with one mighty revelation! But generally, we are so hard-headed and hard-hearted, we defend ourselves against the truth because we donâ€™t want to believe it!
A preacher I heard once said, â€œWe live such subnormal lives that normal is abnormal.â€ How true is this? We donâ€™t believe the real truth about who we are so we canâ€™t even live the Normal Christian Life (Watchman Nee 1957). The choice is to live this! Lies lower our expectations to subnormal, and we wonder why life is so dismal?
We can allow identity theft or choose to believe Godâ€™s Word that there is something better for us. Itâ€™s our choice.
Joseph Beckham is the author of Deeper Water for Thirsty Souls http://amzn.com/1493781286