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1 Peter‬ ‭5:8-9‬ ‭NET “Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering.”

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If someone asked you, “Are you an easy target?” nearly all of us would say, “No I’m not and easy target.” Who wants to be viewed as weak? Sadly guys some of us are easy targets and the enemy knows it. It is my prayer that this article will encourage us to accept the truth that sets us free, and make us hard targets to the wicked one.

Let’s discuss some things that make us easy targets and please keep this passage in mind:

Proverbs‬ ‭27:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬ “Faithful are the wounds of a friend [who corrects out of love and concern], But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful [because they serve his hidden agenda].”
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If what we hear next hurts a bit remember the purpose is to help us repent. Are you watching pornography? I once did. Are you engaged in any sexual sins? I‘ve done those too. This make us easy targets. Are you harboring resentment in your heart? Are you unforgiving, unmerciful, or hard on other people? This makes us easy targets. Are you a gossiper? A slanderer? Do you complain to others about how a fellow Christian annoys you? You’re an easy target. Do you say, “I’m a Christian,” but you don’t study the Bible, REGULARLY? Easy target. And if you are a Bible reader do you let God’s word have the final say in your life? Even when it’s hard? If the answer is, “No,” easy target. Do you pray only SOMETIMES? Or just when you’re in trouble? Easy target. Are you discontent and even have anger in your heart against God because of something you don’t have you really desire? Like a husband? A wife? A house? A car? That job? Money? That position in life? Etcetera? Yep, if you’re mad at God because of what you don’t have you’re an easy target. If you and I are compromised in our faith in any way shape or form we are in more danger than we may know:

Romans 8:1 KJV “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, but after the Spirit.”

Here’s a quote from a very good book I’ve been enjoying titled, THE WIDE PATH – THE REALITIES OF END TIMES CHURCHES written by Zama-Zoe Grace, available on Amazon:

“When the enemy steals your identity, his strategy is to make you compromise and when you are in a compromised state, you are more likely to give up your authority, dominion, and power that God has given you. Once you lose authority, dominion, and power, you cease to be fruitful; you stop growing and you stop being effective in the kingdom of God. You will take the nature of the enemy and become rebellious in your behavior (stubborn), and you will work against the order of God on earth.”
Excerpt from ebook, THE WIDE PATH – THE REALITIES OF END TIMES CHURCHES (ebook location 415) Prologue “Spiritual Identity Theft” Author: Zama-Zoe Grace, available on Amazon

STEAL KILL AND DESTROY

John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭NKJV “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”‬

Do we really understand how Satan steals, kills, and destroys people? Let’s talk about how he steals. We’ve been talking a little about what makes us easy targets, “Easy targets for what?” one might ask. Easy targets for Identity Theft. No, not being robbed of your credit card numbers, personal documents, computer passwords or other sensitive data. We’re talking about being robbed of yourself.🤔

To illustrate let’s look at the prodigal son Jesus talks about. Here’s a guy who demands his portion of the inheritance from his rich father. The father grants his son’s request. He then goes on a journey and in a short amount of time squanders his entire fortune on loose living. The man is now dirt poor and desperate. Times get so hard for the man that he desires to eat the same food that pigs eat.😳 Then something great happened Jesus says:

Luke 15:17-20 KJV “And when HE CAME TO HIMSELF, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! [18] I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, [19] And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. [20] And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”😊

Jesus said the man CAME TO HIMSELF. Yes, he was gone; lost, robbed of his own self.😳 This is not a metaphor. Jesus is shedding light on what happens to people. The man was stolen or robbed of his identity, and no longer knew who he was. This is what Satan seeks to do to all of God’s elect. Only when the lost man repented was he restored to himself.

The rich father was so happy to see his son again (all in one piece) and especially glad to see his son had come back to his senses that he ordered his servants to throw a big party and said:

Luke 15:24 KJV “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”

Jesus says the same thing happens in heaven every time one sinner repents:

Luke‬ ‭15:3-7‬ ‭NET “So Jesus told them this parable: “Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent.”

IDENTITY THEFT

To be identified with the King Of Kings and Lord Of Lords Jesus Christ is no light thing. It is the highest honor any human being can be given. (Luke 12:8-9) The privileges we enjoy now and for all eternity are mind blowing. To have our identities in Christ stolen from us is no small thing either. As Zama-Zoe Grace says in her book, THE WIDE PATH – THE REALITIES OF END TIMES CHURCHES the results are staggering:


“When the enemy steals your identity, his strategy is to make you compromise and when you are in a compromised state, you are more likely to give up your authority, dominion, and power that God has given you. Once you lose authority, dominion, and power, you cease to be fruitful; you stop growing and you stop being effective in the kingdom of God. You will take the nature of the enemy and become rebellious in your behavior (stubborn), and you will work against the order of God on earth.”

Sadly this is happening to many people. (Matthew 24:10-13) Some are making it easy for the Devil to steal their identity in Jesus Christ. May we repent like the prodigal son if this has happened to us. And if it hasn’t happened to us please stay in a constant state of repentance before God. This will prevent us from ever becoming easy targets and having our identities in Christ stolen. Remember, the Devil comes to STEAL, kill, and destroy. Guard your identity in Jesus Christ.

2 Peter‬ ‭1:5-11‬ ‭HCSB‬‬ “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.”

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