THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
“for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them.”
1 John 5:18 (NLT2)
BEDROCK TRUTHS: MY IDENTITY IS SECURE
Russ Perman tells this story: “Working as a secretary at an international airport, my sister had an office adjacent to the room where security temporarily holds suspects. One day security officers were questioning a man when they were suddenly called away on another emergency. To the horror of my sister and her colleagues, the man was left alone in the unlocked room. After a few minutes, the door opened and he began to walk out. Summoning up her courage, one of the secretaries barked, “Get back in there, and don’t you come out until you’re told!” The man scuttled back inside and slammed the door. When the security people returned, the women reported what had happened. Without a word, an officer walked into the room and released one very frightened telephone repairman. (Reader’s Digest)
1 John 5:18 teaches us that Jesus securely holds on to Christians. The hold that Jesus has on us is not restrictive but protective. He protects us from Satan and his attacks. Understanding our secure identity in Christ can be transformative in our daily life.
Theorist Erik Erikson coined the term “identity crisis” and believed that it was one of the most important conflicts people face in development. According to Erikson, an identity crisis is a time of intensive analysis and exploration of different ways of looking at oneself. Those with a status of having a scattered identity tend to feel out of place in the world and don’t pursue a sense of true identity.
In Romans 8, the apostle Paul wanted Christians to be assured of their identity in Christ. Paul also wanted to reassure Christians of just how secure their relationship is with God. Take some time and read Romans 8. Make a list of all the ways Christians are secure in God’s love.