The Identity Thief

The Identity Thief

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Who you are is not defined by what you do. Or what you fail to do.

So many of us struggle with the lie that our value is based on our performance. We fear to make mistakes because we think that means we are a failure. Because we fear to make mistakes, we stay within the narrow confines of what we already know how to do. We stick with what is safe, low risk, and comfortable.

Which is right where our enemy—the one who comes to kill, steal, and destroy—would like to keep us. He delights in stealing our identity as a valuable child of God and bamboozling us into believing we are defined by our success in life.

Don’t let him steal your identity!

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV

We are precious children of God, not based on anything we have achieved, but because he loves us enough to forgive us. We are his handiwork. We are created for a purpose.

In order to fulfill that purpose, we must stand firmly on the truth that our identity is not based on our performance. God wants us to grow, not to remain stagnant. He calls us to new things, things we don’t know how to accomplish yet. Things we probably can’t do perfectly on our first attempt.

Are we afraid of the opportunities God brings into our lives because we might fail? Or do we choose to believe that God will enable us to do whatever he is calling us to, even if that involves learning through mistakes? Even if what he calls us to accomplish does not look like the world’s definition of success?

Remind yourself today that you are a child of God Most High, and nothing you do, or fail to do will change that!

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will Ephesians 1:4-6 NIV

About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the church or library, she blogs about intentional living and writes historical mysteries.


  1. As writers, I believe all of us have taken at least a first step of courage into the unknown. Whether anyone else reads our words or not, God does. And that’s what counts!

  2. It is so easy to fear that our words will not be good enough. So true that God sees our words, or anything we do, even if no one else does. If we keep our focus on him and do what he asks, we will be successful no matter what.

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