This past weekend I watched Disney’s Tangled with my daughters. Tangled is the story of Rapunzel, a very different version than the original Brothers Grimm folk tale, but the same long hair.
In the movie, Rapunzel’s golden locks possess magical powers to heal. As a baby Rapunzel is kidnapped from the kingdom of Corona by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel needs Rapunzel’s magical hair to keep from aging. She raises Rapunzel as her own, hiding her safely in a tower far, far away from the kingdom. Rapunzel grows up not knowing her true identity. She has no clue that she is royalty, the lost princess. After a series of events and a great adventure where Rapunzel finally escapes the tower and makes it to the kingdom of Corona, she finds herself once again believing the lies of Mother Gothel and willingly returns to their home. Upon returning to the safety of the tower, Rapunzel collapses on her bed attempting to sort her thoughts. As she scans her own artwork on the walls and ceiling of her bedroom the pieces of her puzzling past begin to fall into place. She is the lost princess. She is royalty. The person she has believed to be her mother for eighteen years is no mother at all. In fact, Mother Gothel is her enemy, her adversary, the person who has destroyed her life and stolen her true identity. In an instant Rapunzel realized her entire life was a lie.
As I watched Rapunzel unravel her true identity, I realized that’s what the enemy does to us. He destroys who we were created to be with his lies. Berating us and wearing us down nonstop so that we believe we are nothing. He constantly whispers how worthless we are. He repeatedly reminds us that our lives were meant to be meaningless, mediocre at best, that this life is all there is, and then we die. He fills our minds and our hearts with false beliefs of why we are here on this earth. He knows that if he can keep us from discovering our true identity in Christ, he can keep us from the greatness that God has planned for us.
We have an enemy. Peter refers to him as a “roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8b). Our enemy uses a variety of schemes against us, but you can be sure this roaring lion’s main agenda is “to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10).
Lions are fascinating animals. They are fierce, intimidating, powerful, ruthless, and beautiful creatures.
The only times I have ever seen lions in person was at lion exhibits at various zoos. Lions in captivity appear lethargic and docile. Anytime I have visited a lion exhibit at any zoo there were crowds of people gathered. Intrigued by the beauty of this exotic animal, adults and children of all ages eagerly wait to see the lion spring into action, but nothing ever happens. Normally the lions are napping in their man-made, African, savannah-like habitat. If it weren’t for the rising and falling of their mid-section on-lookers would guess the lions were not alive.
Peter wasn’t referring to zoo lions when he compared our enemy to a roaring lion.
Lions in the wild are a completely different story. While they still sleep 10-12 hours most days, they are dangerous predators. They attack unsuspecting prey, pouncing with their razor sharp claws, their gruesome teeth tearing into the flesh of their catch. If the animal is small it is consumed on-site, but if it is a larger animal they will drag the corpse to their territory where it will be shared by the members of the pride.
Any plan, purpose, or potential that God has created, our enemy will do anything he possibly can to put an end to it. The greater the plan, the larger the purpose, the bigger the potential – the more inconceivable are the plans of the enemy to destroy.
Last week my blog was about Gideon being greatly used by God and how God plans to use each of us greatly.
Our enemy wants to steal our true identity and force us to believe we are someone we were not created to be.
One of his favorite tactics to keep the children of God from being greatly used is replacing God’s truth with his lies, stealing our true identity.
“He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44b)
The truth is we are all children of the King. We are royalty. Everyone who is born again, who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, is adopted as sons and daughters into the family of God and we become royalty.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9)
What lies has the enemy infiltrated into your mind? You don’t have to believe his lies any longer. It is time to find out who you were created to be. It is time to learn your true identity.