(John 10:10) The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
It has been quite some time since I’ve written anything; a lot has been going on in the world especially here in the US. We’ve had the recent tragedy where 9 people were senselessly massacred while in of all places Bible Study. Then there has been the Supreme Court decision which opened the door for Gay Marriage. The continued what many consider an assault on African American males and the Global Threat of ISIS.
As we look at our scripture text we are informed that the goal and purpose of a thief is to “steal and to kill and to destroy”. For the sake of this teaching we’re going to give that thief a name “Satan”. When negativity comes into our lives we must always remember the source of all evil is satan. His desire for all of us is evil not good he hates the fact that through Jesus Christ mankind received something that he’ll never have redemption. We are redeemed via the Blood of The Lamb. So while he cannot have our souls he does everything in his power to make our lives miserable. satan is relentless and he never plays fair he could care less what age you are it makes him no difference if you’re 3 months or 103. His goal and his mission is “steal and to kill and to destroy”. Remember the story of Job where God instructs him that he could have his way with him except he could not take his life. We fail to realize that when we live our lives outside of God’s standards and his will we leave ourselves open to satan’s assault and he can kill us!!!
However we also find in our scripture text that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. I recently lost a dear cousin who really “was the salt of the earth”. During the latter stages of his illness while he was in hospice this verse was in my spirit almost daily. So I figured that was the Lord telling me that he was going to make it. I was confused after he finally made his transition. Why had the Lord constantly put this verse in my spirit? He knew that my cousin was going to make his transition yet this verse kept reassuring me in my spirit. As I reflect now maybe what God was showing me is that my cousin’s illness nor any disease or illness that attacks any child of God. These events in our lives are not God’s will for us. They are in many probably most cases the attacks of satan.
So what can we do? Well scripture tells us (Isa 54:17) No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. We are also instructed to (Eph 6:11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Eph 6:12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. satan for those of you who follow my blog I often neglect to capitalize the name satan. I do this on purpose because as believers while satan is a formidable and powerful adversary. (Rom 8:37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
However often in life satan just bulldozes and has his way with us because we don’t exercise our Faith. While the Word of God is true and we say that we believe it, often it applies to everyone but us. Our scripture text informs us that Jesus came and died then rose from the grave in order that we might have life and have it abundantly. So what are you going to do? Are you going to continue to let satan run rough shod over your life? My Dad always said that we should “get serious with The Lord”. It is TIME OUT for us to continue to allow satan to have victory after victory in his battles against us. We’ve got power through the Holy Spirit; we have everything that we need to constantly defeat satan no matter where he attacks us in our lives. It is up to each and every one of us to do the things that we need to do then leave the rest up to God. Abundant life is there and waiting for you it is within your grasp, seize it take it embrace it because it’s yours. Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.