“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”* I woke up to this verse yesterday. I woke up to this great encouragement. I find it reassuring that Jesus Himself said that in this life we would have trials and tribulations and it is normal. It happens to all of us. The enemy orchestrates all these trials and tribulations. He has a whole concert of problems that chime in in harmony and he rejoices over the sound of despair and fear that they create. He is a thief, a killer and a destroyer. All he does is summed up in the three roles that he plays. He is never good and he never gives. He steals our joy, our peace and our trust in the Lord. He uses many techniques to achieve his evil goals. We can’t dwell on what he does and we can’t magnify it. I believe he would love for believers to see him as a mighty enemy that can’t be defeated. We all have been to a place where we couldn’t see a way out and we thought that it was the end. That place is the enemy’s number one place of choice for all of us. He doesn’t want us in a place of faith and hope. His actions aim at harming our faith and at hurting our relationship with Jesus. If we can believe that he is bigger and stronger than Jesus, he has done his dirty work. Jesus is greater and more powerful than the enemy and that is the truth we should hold on to.
The idea of thieves scared me a lot as a child. The thought of someone breaking into a house to take people’s possessions was both odd and frightening to me. I have never experienced it in the first sense of the term but just like anyone else, I have been a victim of the enemy. He has taken from me. He has stolen a lot of peace and joy and he has destroyed whatever he could. However, when Jesus became my Savior, my life changed. The enemy didn’t stop stealing from me but I received the life that Jesus promised in His Word. That life impacted my life so to speak. His life got into my life and made everything better. I was filled with hope and faith. I had a new lease on life and I gained a guard and a protector. God restored what the devil had taken and He still does that. I am not immune to trials and tribulations but I am covered by the blood of the Lamb and that is all I need. You as well are covered by the blood of Jesus. You are blessed and favored and the enemy will come after you but remember that you have the God of restoration. You might stumble but you won’t fall. The thief is vicious but your God is precious and He can do all things. His angels are an army around you, protecting you. You have a new life in Christ and the enemy will do his best to cloud your mind and to make you forget about this life in Christ. Jesus is everything. Jesus is your new life. Keep staring at Him!
Focus on the Lord. Focus on Jesus. Focus on the author of your new life. Focus on His goodness. Focus on His ability to bless you and to help you. Focus on His power to do all things. Focus on His provision and above all, focus on His love. His love for you is eternal. It is everlasting and no trial, no tribulation can take that away from you. You have all the love that you will ever need to make it in this life. Your new life in Christ is fueled by the Love of the Father for you. You are highly blessed and you have the Savior of the world as your Lord. The enemy is a thief but Jesus is a law enforcer. He enforces the Lord’s justice and He personifies His faithfulness. Jesus is the truth that settles all of the matters in the court of life. The enemy speaks up with his lies but Jesus quiets him with the truth of the Word. You, friend, have the best advocate; the Holy Spirit is your defender. Trials and tribulations will take place in your life but keep in mind that Jesus has won all the cases against you. He put the thief in jail so don’t let your mind bail him out when things are going wrong. You are in God’s hands. Nothing is impossible with God. You are going to make it and it is going to be amazing. Don’t be afraid of the thief. Keep your eyes on your defender! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you! God will protect you from the thief! Enjoy your life to the fullest with Jesus.
Suggested reading: Luke 19:10; John 10:10*; 2 Peter 1:11