Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
July 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Genesis 3:1A 
"How It All Got Started", Msg. 11

I declare that we are living during a period in time when ID theft is on the increase, via robocalls, fraudulent mail applications, and “you are a winner” notifications. Things have gotten so out of control that you can hardly come up with PINs or pass codes that are strong enough to be secure.

My wife and I have an identity theft protection plan to defend us against hackers. If we become victims of identity theft, the company’s agents work to find the thieves and/or reimburse us of our loss. But, upon reading Genesis 3:1, my concern is that the plan does not have the capability to alert us if there is criminal intent prior to a theft. So, this morning I want to teach about the symptoms of possible identity theft and what to do.

Let’s return to the scripture. The man, Adam, and the woman, whom he later named Eve, were a couple in union of divine covenant by God. They were in a state of innocence. The series of stories you are about to hear are sadly not of the happiest or holiest moments that we find in the Bible. We’ve seen the grace and favor of God and the peace and beauty of creation. But now the scene changes. Sin now comes into play. And the efforts of sin, thereof, will manifest.

The serpent, cunning and untrustworthy, lured the woman with his promise of her being like God. He tempted her that – despite God’s warning – death would not come to her; and that God was withholding knowledge from her. The serpent promoted good what God had directly forbidden. He was deceptive and devious, the most of any animal in the field. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to be sober and vigilant because the devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. James 4:7 tells us to submit ourselves therefore to God and resist the devil; and he will flee from you. And Ephesians 6:11 tells us to put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We must resist him.

The seed is planted for us to prepare ourselves for possible identity theft. Know how the devil operates. Be focused and watch and pray that we don’t enter into temptation.