The giver and the thief

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”* The enemy is a thief who only wants to steal, kill and destroy. That is what defines him. He doesn’t take a break from those cruel activities. He will never change and he will never stop. Now, we have the Lord who is the opposite. He gives life, He restores and He rebuilds. He will never change and He will never stop giving. He is the ultimate giver who can give us back what the thief has stolen and more. Jesus destroyed the works of the devil by dying on the cross and coming back to life. That power that nullified the enemy’s power is still alive today. We can tap into it with faith and we can thank God for it all the time. It doesn’t mean that the enemy can’t steal from us or that he can’t destroy things in our lives. He is relentless and he will try whatever he can. That is why the Bible tells us to be alert and to stay in faith. Faith is our protection and our safety net. Faith in Jesus guarantees that we get back what is taken. I have had a lot of things taken through the years just like anyone. Things happen. The enemy happens but so does Jesus. Jesus will give over and over again even when we don’t ask for anything. Let’s stick with the giver. Let’s not bow down to the thief in fear. With Jesus we are all set. We have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear.

Have you ever heard of a thief who keeps stealing from the same house? I would think that it is rare but it is standard for the enemy. He comes back all the time. He doesn’t want our house to be at peace. When we chase him out, he doesn’t get it. He doesn’t learn his lesson. He shows up again. He doesn’t always come after a great prayer session, a beautiful praise session or after a victory. He comes when we are at our lowest. When we are tired. When we have a lot going on. He takes advantage of our weaknesses and he inserts himself into our lives with more chaos. When the devil tried to tempt Jesus in the desert, it was at the end of His fast. It was at a time when He was hungry and tired. However, the Lord had what it took to face the enemy. He used the Word of God and the devil left Him. We have the same Word and we can use it when the enemy tries to steal our joy, our peace and our sanity. The Word of God will also put the enemy down and make him go away. Resist the devil and he will flee. The Bible is what allows us to resist the devil. Knowing it well is crucial because you never know when you are going to need to quote a scripture that will cripple the enemy.

As a kid I was scared of thieves. I was petrified by the idea of someone sneaking into my house and stealing from my family. I lived in fear with that thought for a few years and the thought never came to pass. It was just in my mind and it debilitated me for no reason. The enemy does that. He works on our minds and creates problems that don’t exist. Oftentimes fears are based on ideas that marinate in our heads but that never yield anything concrete. We can live in fear of many things that will only live inside our minds. The enemy wants to steal our peace and our minds are his battlefield. The Word of God declares that we can share the mind of Christ. Sharing His thoughts is the best way to live. He will drop His thoughts into your mind and into your spirit when you are attached to Him and you keep following Him despite everything. Remember that He is a giver and He will give you peace. He will give you joy. He will give you strength. He will give you comfort. He will give you laughter. He will give you smiles. He will give you bliss and He will give you a mountain of blessings. Don’t worry about the thief. Jesus is in the house and He is guarding you. Stay in faith. Resist the enemy with the power of the Word of God. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 10:10*; Acts 3:21; James 4:7

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