The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. Psalm 36:3
A growing problem across the country and across the world is identity theft. It is no longer uncommon for someone to get the social security number, a bank account number, and other pertinent information that belongs to another person and use it as their own. They use that information to apply for credit cards, empty bank accounts, and gain access to private areas of that person’s life. Often, identity thieves will move from one person to the next, stealing money and ruining lives. Stealing someone’s identity and living as another person is living a lie. Acting like someone other than who you are is deception, and that is why identity theft is so harshly punished by the law.
Most people would never think of stealing another person’s identity. However, there are many Christians who are living a lie with their lives. They say they are a Christian, and they dress up and come to church. They carry their Bibles and act the way they should when they are around other Christians. Inside their hearts and in their private lives, though, they are everything but a good Christian. Though they may appear to be a Christian on the outside, they are completely fake inside. They say things they shouldn’t say, watch things they shouldn’t watch, and dwell upon things in their minds that shouldn’t be there in the first place.
Most Christians would at least claim that they want to have the power of God upon their lives. However, the power of God can only be experienced when what is on the inside lines up with what people see on the outside. It does not come only from looking and acting good on the outside, but from actually being right on the inside. When your heart is right with God, then your relationship with Him will be what it should be. Only then can He bless you. The problem is that many Christians have gotten so good at living the lie that they see no need to change the inside. Eventually, their entire lives have been lived as something that they are not. They become miserable because they are tired of faking it, yet they are too used to the praise of men to reveal who they really are. It is time to stop the “identity theft.” Stop pretending to be some-one you are not. Change who you are on the inside to match with what everyone perceives you to be on the outside, and you will once again know the power of God upon your life.
Read also: Psalm 36
Quote of the day: “A real man will be honest no matter how painful the truth is. A coward hides behind lies and deceit.”