«The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ» (Romans 8:16, 17, NIV).
Nicole McCabe was six months pregnant when she turned on the radio and heard the terrifying story: the police were looking for her as a murder suspect. They were saying that she, and two other Australian citizens, were linked with the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, an important member of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic organization. Why was she wanted for a crime she had not committed? Because Nicole had been a victim of identity fraud. Though she still had her original passport, criminals had used her information to create a false passport and thus commit a crime in her name. Nicole was eventually exonerated when it was confirmed that the picture on the false passport was not hers, but that of a criminal instead.
Just like those criminals, Satan wants to rob our identity. When Jesus was baptized, the Father’s voice affirmed His identity: «This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased» (Matthew 3:17). But Satan was aware of the danger he was in if he allowed Jesus to have the assurance of His identity as God’s beloved Son. So just a few days later, in the desert, he tried to get Him to doubt. It’s not by chance that every temptation began with the same phrase: «If You are the Son of God. .
The same hurtful question lurks under the surface of many temptations: Who do you think you are? But our identity is not earned, it is inherited. Our Father is the King of kings. We are royal princesses, loved with an exuberant and eternal love (Jeremiah 31:1; John 3:16). But if the anchor of our soul does not hold fast to that truth, we will spend our lives trying to prove our value as people. We will always suffer with other people’s successes, comparing ourselves and competing for attention.
But no professional success, physical beauty, romantic relationship or offspring can ever replace our identity as God’s daughters. After all, «who are you?» and «what do you have?» are two very different questions. In order to live a life of emotional abundance, in which we are not constantly comparing ourselves to others, we will have to learn to accept the Father’s definition: You are My beloved daughter in whom I delight. No less than that!
Dear Lord, when the enemy whispers lies in my ears today, telling me that I am good for nothing or that I am a failure, please remind me who I really am. Your love for me is so strong, generous, and unfathomable that You did not spare Christ in order to save me.