Discovering Your Financial Identity – Money Is A Defense
Discovering Your Financial Identity

 

The highest form of theft in my opinion is Identity Theft yet it rarely receive the attention it deserves from law enforcement to stop it or even slow it down it seems. Chances are the majority of people reading this article have already been the victims of some kind of Identity Theft in their life time. I know I have and more than once. While Identity theft itself usually has a financial motive and financial repercussion it is not the same as what I consider your Financial Identity.  

Identity Theft occurs when someone gains access to your financial information and uses it for their own gain while pretending to be you. The thief could be a stranger who hacked your computer, or could be someone you know who gained access to your personal data at your home. If feel like the worse thing that could ever have happened to you as you try an deal with the emotions of being violated in such a way. It really steals your public trust and flushes it down the drain.

Financial Identity is who or what Money/Mammon describes you as being. Who knew that how we see, perceive, and regard money had anything to do with who we are as a person. That how we earn, spend and save money could be and would be a determining factor as to the type of character we have. Jesus Christ knew and that's why He said this:

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:21 kjv

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24 kjv

"If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?" Luke 16:11 kjv

Jesus knew that who we believed we were was connected to how we handled what we have. He knew that our Self Identity would play out in our finances. How we earned our living and what we believed about giving. We can discover who we are by taking a look at how we handle money. Once we get an idea of who we are we can begin to make the adjustments needed to secure a better you and a better me. 

So we know what our financial identity is when compared to the scenario of financial identity theft but have we considered what the theft really stole. You see, our financial identity is more than the credentials that we carry around with us in our wallets and purses. Your true financial identity comes from the same place our identity comes from and that's our creator God. Being the absolutely only one that can tell us what He had in mind when He created us God is the only real source of our true identity. The identity that the thief steals is only a representation that someone else bestowed upon us based on a very narrow set of facts, data and beliefs. Who we are is never ever totally based on what we do only up until the time we have discover our true identity in Jesus Christ. 

Once our true and real identity has been reveled to us can we then understand that we were created to be stewards of this planet and not owners of it. 

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