Satan “loves” to cast doubt on a Christian’s identity in Christ because he knows it’s the “core of everything we do,” filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick said ahead of the release of their new film “Overcomer.”
“Satan loves to convince people that they’re the opposite of what Ephesians 1, 2 and 3 say they are,” Alex Kendrick told The Christian Post during a sit-down interview with CP last week. “He’ll say, ‘Oh, well, you’re not actually loved that much; you’re not really blessed. You’re a failure. You don’t have the ability to do what it takes.’ And Scripture says, ‘No, you have the Holy Spirit inside of you, and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.’”
Kendrick noted that when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he began by saying, “If you are the Son of God” (Matthew 4:3).
“Satan was attacking Jesus’ identity,” he said. “The devil knows that our identity is the core of everything we do. All the way to the cross, Jesus was constantly attacked on the basis of His identity. But before Jesus healed anyone or performed miracles, He heard His father say to Him, ‘This is my son in whom I’m well pleased.’ Because Jesus knew who He was, He could hang on the cross, rejected by everyone else, but confident in knowing He was loved by the Father.”
Scripture reveals that all Christians — regardless of age, sex, or race — are going to be falsely accused, mocked, and tempted to question their identity in Christ, Kendrick said, adding: “Satan tempts us just like he tempted Jesus. Our identity is going to be tested. We should respond with, ‘Lord, let me remember who You say I am. Let me remember what Your Word says about who I am. I can’t respond based on how I feel, because right now I want to do something evil or wrong.’”
“Put on that helmet of salvation, lift that shield of faith of, and declare, ‘I’m not trusting what the devil is saying to me,’” he added, citing Ephesians 6:10.
“Overcomer,” which is now showing in theaters nationwide, stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, and Shari Rigby. The sports-themed film tells the story of coach John Harrison, whose life changes overnight when his high school basketball team and state championship dreams are crushed following an economic downturn in the community.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett