You're in limited preview mode.

Login or signup for free to unlock more content.

Protecting Your Identity

Identity Justification (Positional) Eternal Security

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-07-14

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; John 10:10

Author: Stephen Kingsley
5

ILLUSTRATION

Occasionally I will check my credit report to make sure no one has stolen my identity. On one occasion, I could not remember my user name for the Experian website. So, I clicked on the "Forgot Username" button to have it sent to me by e-mail.

Then they wanted my birthdate and my Social Security number. Ten minutes later the e-mail arrived with my username. I went back to the Experian website and logged in without any difficulty.

But logging in was not enough. I remained locked out until I typed in the six-digit number they texted to my phone. Finally, I was in and the screen said, "Thank you for helping keep your identity secure!"

APPLICATION

Experian goes to great lengths to protect my identity. To log in as me, a thief would have to know my email, my login, my birthdate, my SS number, my cell number, and have my cell phone in their possession.  If someone had all that information they would be able to impersonate me, take out loans in my name, and cause me great harm.

Of even greater value, though, is my identity in Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new."  This new identity is also worth protecting.

According to Jesus, there is a thief who would like to steal this identity, and he does this by lying to us about who we are and what we have been given in Christ (John 10:10). 

We must be vigilant to maintain a strong sense of our spiritual identity in Christ, at least as vigilantly as Experian fights to protect our personal identity in this world.

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:4,5, NKJV)

Life Can Change In a Feline Flash

God's Promises Eternal Security Circumstances

Source: “Woman run over with her own car trying to escape cat attack,” WKMG, Jan. 5, 2018

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-30

Scripture: Matthew 6:20 ; 2 Timothy 1:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
4

ILLUSTRATION

Florida Today reports:

A woman said a cat jumped into her car and attacked her, and as she was trying to escape the feline's fury, she was run over by her own vehicle as it rolled in reverse, according to officials from the Florida Highway Patrol.

... Troopers said the car rolled over the woman, leaving her with critical injuries. 

APPLICATION

Life can change in a feline flash. From one moment to the next, we live on the edge of potential chaos.  Disaster can come at any moment and from any direction.  

Nothing and no one is safe from the precarious nature of life.  Even Julius Caesar met his untimely end just one month after being declared dictator for life.

Calamity and destruction can find anyone, even the child of God. But while nothing is secure or guaranteed in this life, the believer does find security in the promises of God.  What we commit to God, and only what we commit to God, we keep forever!

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20).

That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return” (2 Timothy 1:12).

Not only is the believer eternally secure in the promises of God, everything they do in the power of His love is eternally secure, as well.

What's a Dirty, Soiled, Sullied Twenty Dollar Bill Worth

Self-image Self-worth Eternal Security

Source: "This Guy Uses $20 Bill To Explain How Much You’re Worth" published YouTube.com Dec 3, 2015

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-18

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:19 ; John 10:29

Author: Unknown (Video Author) / Illustration Exchange
4

ILLUSTRATION

The following brief video is a fantastic object lesson to illustrate the value of each and every human being, regardless of their past ...

CLICK HERE to view video.

If you do not wish to show the video, simply use a $20 bill as a visual, then go on the explain its value, as in the video.

APPLICATION

You are far more valuable than a $20 bill. You have been purchased with the price of the life of the very Son of God!

And know this, God will cling to you far tighter than the man in the video clings to his $20 bill. Why? "Because," God says, "you're mine!"

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Peter 1:19).

"My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand" (John 10:29)

Never Take Another Bath or Shower

Justification (Positional) Eternal Security Sanctification

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-11

Scripture: John 13:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
8

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

Not More Secure

Assurance God's Promises Eternal Security

Contributed By: Anthony Edwards | Date Posted: 2014-10-20

Scripture: John 10:28

Author: Anthony Edwards
3

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

Being Sure Makes You Secure

Assurance Confidence Eternal Security

Contributed By: Steve Yuhasz | Date Posted: 2014-07-11

Scripture: John 10:27

Author: Steve Yuhasz
9

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

Justification vs. Forgiveness

Forgiveness Justification (Positional) Eternal Security

Contributed By: John Rollyson | Date Posted: 2013-08-05

Scripture: John 13:1

Author: John Stott
18

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

Reservation Confirmed

Eternal Security Fear Doubt

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-18

Scripture: John 5:24

Author: Max Lucado
5

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

God Won't Accept Your Resignation

Mistakes Eternal Security Grace

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-05-16

Scripture: Proverbs 28:13 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Fred Gates
6

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

The Bridal Gown

Justification (Positional) Watching for Jesus Eternal Security

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-04-23

Scripture: Revelation 19:6 ; 2 Corinthians 5:21

Author: Barnett Gushin
1

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or