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Battle Tool No.12 - The Son Of The King

One of the Enemy’s most insidious plots against us is to obscure our true identity and confuse us as to who we are. He uses our behavior to call into question, our character and our motives. He uses our behavior as evidence to prove to us that we are “not good” and that we deserve judgment and punishment. If he can get me to “go along with him” he can begin to divide my house and set me up in opposition to myself. (See 2 Tim. 2:24-26).

The practice of identifying ourselves by what we do is quite common, and therefore, not often disputed as a legitimate evaluation of self. Our behavior becomes the chief determinant in identifying who we are. But, if my “behavior” is used to describe my “being”, I will forever be at the mercy of Condemnation. Paul explains this as the plight of those who “walk according to the flesh”, (Rom.8:1).

There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus and walk in the Spirit. From this passage we can see how it is possible to both “be saved” and “condemned” at the same time. To the believer who does not correctly understand how to walk in the Spirit, the Gospel becomes an endless list of perfection’s expectations and an exercise in futility.  These believers are often found wandering and stuck in places of hopelessness and sadness, addicted to some type of false comfort, and never feeling “good enough” for God. Even the Blood of Jesus covering their sins is not quite good enough to assure them of their righteous standing before Him.

The problem lies in trading what God says for what we experience. We are convinced that defining ourselves by what we do is a legitimate way to defining who we are. For example: if I tell a lie. I call myself a liar. I steal. I am a thief. I look at porn. I am a pervert. But if I use my behavior, to define myself, and I hate my behavior, then I hate myself. To get rid of the behavior I hate i.e., my sin, I must get rid of myself. But, how does me getting rid of myself profit the Kingdom of Heaven? And is getting rid of myself God’s solution to my sin?

If I am allowing myself to be defined by my sin then when I sin, “I am a sinner”. “I am a sinner”, may accurately describe what I am doing, but it is entirely false in describing who I am. I believe “I am a sinner” because I have seen myself sinning. I rightly must conclude that I cannot keep the Ten Commandments.

Now we know that the keeping of the Law is not the fulfillment of the Law, as some of the Jews of old did. If the standard of acceptance before God is perfect behavior in the keeping of the Law, then only the sinless could go to heaven, and Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross was pointless. Obviously, as true followers of Jesus Christ, this is not what we believe. And yet, our actions often do not support our faith, that it is grace and the free gift of God that brings us salvation and eternal life with Him.

Our identity and sense of goodness have somehow become all wrapped up in our ability to “be good”.  Failing to “be good” and keep the law is defined as sin. Although the Bible clearly states that “all have sinned” and fall short of the glory of God, and we agree that the Law cannot save anyone anyway, we still are confused about how sin impacts who we are and what we are to do about it.

As a result of this confusion the Enemy works to plunder our houses, stealing first, our relationship with God as Father by calling into question our identity as His sons and daughters. His argument is simple. We are what we do and if we do bad things we are bad. God is not bad, therefore we cannot be of God.

We have been tricked into using our “behavior” to define our “being”.  Because we have not successfully separated out our “being” from our “behavior” we conclude we must be good to make God happy and get into heaven. The truth is that God does NOT use our behavior to define us, nor does He demand we be good to get to heaven. He defines us according to Himself!!

We are God’s idea. He chose to make us in His image. That was His intention and that is what He did! All the Devil could do with that divine fact was to try to get us to believe a lie and redefine us according to our behavior. (For the most part, he seems to have been quite successful.)

He reminds me that I have a free will and when I sin, I break the Law. If what I “do” is of my own choosing, it is very easy for the Devil to hang guilt and blame on me and accuse me of being a sinner. He then uses my hatred of sin as motivation to try harder to be good. (Another exercise in futility at which he has been very successful).

Because I cannot refute his argument, I am forced to accept it. I cannot deny the fact. I did do the deed and therefore must embrace the fact that I sinned, concluding, I am a sinner.

This takes me back to the argument, that “If I am a sinner, then logically, to get rid of the sin, I must get rid of myself, which cancels out the work of Christ on the Cross, and brings me into a hopeless state of failure and exhaustion. I end up expending all of my energy trying to remedy a situation God has already fixed and become of no benefit to the Kingdom of God in making disciples.

I am pressed with the need take responsibility for my actions. I have been caught in the Devil’s snare and begin to embrace an identity crafted in lies and accusation. I sink into the mire of despair. I loose my sense of true self and exchange my divine nature for that bestowed upon me by my Enemy.

I begin to exchange more and more of the truth about who I am, my original divine nature, created in the image of God, as one of His sons or daughters, for the fallen, human nature given to me by the Devil. “I sin” therefore, “I am a sinner”. If “I am a sinner”, “I am bad”, and need reformation. Jesus did not come to REFORM us, but to REDEEM us.

Point to Ponder:  How have I allowed the Enemy to define who I am?

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, teach me to rest in Your finished work and in the Holy Spirit Who has been sent to lead me into all truth. Forgive me for letting the Enemy redefine me according to his lie and the sin he has deceived me into doing.

Scripture: I John 3:20-21 “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.




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