Most Christians would agree that God does not lie (Heb 6:17-18).
When we approach God in any way except as He declares us to be, we are approaching Him in a “false identity”, a lie.
The problem is usually one of ignorance. Many Christians do not see themselves as the Bible describes them, because they have not been taught what God says about them. The Bible makes several statements about what happens to someone when they put their faith in Jesus (Rom 10:8-13).
- You are forgiven of all your sin, forever. (Col 2:13-14, Heb 10:12-14)
- Your nature is no longer that of a sinner. (2 Cor 5:17, Col 3:9-10, Eph 2:1-10)
- You are made righteous by Jesus. (2 Cor 5:21, Rom 5:17, Phil 3:8-9)
- You become one spirit with Jesus – Him in you and you in Him. (1 Cor 6:17, John 15:5)
- You become a citizen of heaven right away. (Phil 3:20)
- You are loved unconditionally by God. (Rom 5:7-8, Romans 8:38-39, Eph 3:18-19)
- God is not angry with you. (Rom 5:1-2, Rom 5:9, 2 Cor 5:19)
- You become a son/daughter of God. (Gal 3:26, 2 Cor 6:18)
- You become a joint heir with Jesus – get everything He gets. (Rom 8:17)
- You receive all possible blessings. (Eph 1:3, 2 Peter 1:2-3)
- You can ask anything in Jesus’ name and receive it. (John 14:13, John 16:23-24)
- You are healed and made whole in every way. (1 Peter 2:24, Col 2:9-10)
- You have authority over the devil. (Luke 10:19, James 4:7, Mark 16:17-18)
- You have access to the Holy Spirit who reveals all things. (1 Cor 2:10-12)
- You are prosperous, Jesus broke poverty’s curse. (2 Cor 8:9, Gal 3:13-14, Phil 4:19)
These statements are what God declares our identity to be. When we choose to approach God with a non-Biblical identity, we are approaching Him with a false identity (His statements about us are 100% true). When I approach God in a false identity, I’m approaching in a lie.
Many people approach God with the attitude that they are unworthy, dirty sinners who at best might be qualified to be a slave. They beg God to do something for them instead of having the confidence of sons/daughters approaching a loving father (Heb 4:16). A father who has declared them sin free and righteous (right with God) by their faith in Jesus.
When we approach like this, we tie God’s hands! We are telling Him that we don’t believe what He says about us!