Accepted, Secure, Significant

Sometimes it seems if it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any at all. I just received word from a company that I do business with that a portion of their computer was criminally attacked and they believe because of the attack that some of my personal information was “compromised” (nice way of saying it was stolen). They went on to say, “Protecting the privacy and security of your information is a top priority for us, and we want to assure you that we have taken the steps that will prevent this type of attack from happening again.” Well, howdy-doody, if protecting my information was such a priority, why didn’t they take those preventative steps before their computer was attacked?
Oh, but here’s the good news; they’re “not aware that the hackers have misused my information yet”—oh yes, that makes me sleep good at night.J Plus they have taken other measures to help ensure that my identity won’t be stolen.
I figure, oh well, wouldn’t be the first time my identity was stolen. See, actually before I was even born, my identity was stolen. It says in John 10:10 that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Having been born with a sinful nature, I was stripped of my significance. I was easily susceptible to feelings of rejection. And rather than feeling secure, I struggled with insecurity and fear. Maybe you can identify.
The good news, of course, is that God has also taken measures so that I could recover my lost identity. It says in Luke 19:10 that Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. It’s through faith in Christ that I can walk confidently in my new life in Christ and enjoy the inheritance that’s mine as a blood bought son of God.
So how about you, have you recovered your stolen identity? And do you live with confident assurance that Holy Spirit has sealed your identity? May it be said of us that the following verses define who we are!
I am accepted…
Jn. 1:12 I am God’s child.
Jn. 15:15 I am Christ’s friend.
Rom. 5:1 I am justified.
Eph. 1:5 I have been adopted as God’s child.
I am secure…
Rom. 8:1-2 I am free from condemnation.
Rom. 8:28 I am assured all works together for good.
Rom. 8:35-39 I cannot be separated from God’s love.
Col 3:3 I am hidden with Christ in God.
2 Tim. 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
I John 5:18 I am born of God; the evil one cannot touch me.
I am significant…
Jn. 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed and to bear fruit.
1 Cor. 3:16 I am God’s temple.
Eph. 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Accepted, secure, and significant, Mike

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