This post was originally written for Courage Hope Love, and is titled “Exposing Satan’s Lies about your True Identity ”. I am so honoured to have been featured over on Nicole’s website. Please go check them out!
In our society today, it can be hard to figure out exactly where we as women fit. Between the Mom wars that rage strongly on issues from homeschooling to vaccinations, and social pressures to look like a model for Elle Magazine, women are constantly bombarded with the pressures of being sexy but strong, independent yet charming, and carefree yet organized. Really, we have every pressure to be perfect.
I don’t know about you, but I constantly find myself drowning under all of that pressure. How am I supposed to have it all together when I don’t even fully know who I am supposed to be?
If there is one thing that the enemy of our souls loves to fight against, it’s our identity. He loves to put doubt in our minds about who Christ is, who we are, and how we should live as a result. But hasn’t that been how he has operated since the beginning of time?
From his first recorded interaction with humans in Genesis chapter 3, Satan is spewing his lies to a woman, Eve. He is filling her mind with doubt about what God has instructed her to do and convinces her that her identity should be found in her own strength and power. He convinces her that by eating the fruit of the tree of life, she will become like a God.
And he didn’t stop there.
Ever since then, he has sold women many lies just like that one.
If you dress this way, you will be seen as attractive and desirable.
If you get this degree, you will have job security and status.
If you marry that man, you will have social status and be taken care of for the rest of your life.
If you homeschool your kids, you will be a better Mom than others.
If you send your kids to private school, you will be able to take pride in their accomplishments.
If you continue exercising after having your kids, your husband will still find you attractive.
If you get that job, you will be successful.
And the rat race continues.
More and more pressure is placed upon you with each lie until you crumble under it all.
But dear sister, can I share something with you?
His lies always fall short. Each of these pressures causes you to put your identity in the wrong place; Whether in your beauty, your education, your husband, your children…
Dear sister, putting your identity in anything or anyone but Christ will result in disappointment. Every single time.
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