This question came to my mind last week when someone hacked into and took control of my Facebook page. We all know that it’s sadly a common occurrence these days, but inside nobody really thinks it will happen to them personally…until it does.
And all of the sudden someone has changed your email and password and under your profile pic is a name in Arabic, along with a personal description (also in Arabic). Curious about the statement under your photo, you copy and paste it into Google search only to find that when you hit enter tons of pornographic websites appear.
So it happened to me.
It was very strange to know that pictures of me, my family and friends were now connected with pornographic statements and websites. That’s not who I am. And even though it’s been reported to Facebook, the page is still active in the hands of another.
And sadly this happens way too often and many times on a much larger scale. ‘Identity theft’ is an all-too familiar term and Forbes states that 8.3 million consumers are victims of identity theft each year. That’s alot of stolen identities.
I’ve heard that no one’s identity is safe in this day and age…
Romans 8:28 reminds us that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
That doesn’t say that all things are good. It says that all things work together for good to those who love God….
Just like Joseph told his brothers after they sold him into slavery, and then God raised him up to second only to the Pharaoh, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…”
And out of the evil intentions of the person who is using my Facebook page, God brought good because He reminded me that my identity is not wrapped up in pictures and statements. And no matter what is posted under my image, it doesn’t change who I truly am. I remain the same in Him.
So Who am I?
I am a daughter of the Most High God.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13
I have been made new.
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
I have a Father Who is greater and stronger than all.
John 10:25-30, “Jesus answered them, ‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father…is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out My Father’s hand.
These are just a couple of the endless promises that make up who I am now because of God’s grace towards me.
No one can change who I truly am as a daughter of the Most High King.
My identity is not found in my name, Lauri Santos, but in my name, child of the Most High and NO ONE and nothing is powerful enough to snatch me out of my Father’s hands. I am safe in Him and my destiny is certain.
My name, daughter of the Most High King, is one that will remain with me for all eternity and no one can steal that identity from me. No one.
I pray that your identity is also safe for all of eternity in Christ, because this world and all that is in it is quickly passing away.
But if you’ve never accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior and have yet to experience beauty of a life found in Him, today is the day you can become someone new. A fresh start on the road to the abundant life with true purpose and eternal hope.
The price of complete identity security was costly–Christ’s very life–but in God’s mercy we paid none of it (which we justly deserved for our sins). The Faithful and True One, Jesus, did all that we couldn’t, He paid the highest of all prices so that we could dwell securely with Him for all of eternity. And it was done out of love for you and me.
Colossians 3:3 assures, “…your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
Thank You Lord, that I am safe in You and my life and identity are hidden in Christ.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD….I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:1, 4,13-14