Steal Kill And Destroy
Jesus warns us about Satan.... "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." (John 10:10-11)
Satan (the thief) works in a very specific way. He has a set plan--and he works it very effectively. If we look thoughtfully, I believe we will see his wicked plans at work all around us.
His first tactic is to steal. What would he like to steal? Anything and everything that will lead you to Jesus--to Gods love. Satan steals love from people. If we will open our eyes we will see it everywhere around us. Broken families, abuse, hatred, cruelty, murder. The Enemy would like us to think that there is no love in the world. He would like to steal from us even the ability to love and be loved. There are so many hurting people in the world. So many who don't understand how to give or receive love. The devil will make you feel worthless as a human being--undeserving of love--incapable of receiving love. Why? For one reason--to separate us from God--after all, "God is love..."
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." (1John 4:8) "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."(1John 4:16)
If the devil can incapacitate someone's love--they won't be able to know God...."He that loveth not knoweth not God;"
We can't know God unless we know and believe love--so if Satan can steal our love--or our ability to feel love, we won't be able to receive God, since God is love. The devil sets up abuse in our lives--he sets up pain, loneliness, rejection, abandonment. He has a multitude of ways that he will abuse us--but all with one goal in mind--to separate us from our ability to love and receive love--and therefore receive God. Every one of us has a broken heart. But there is someone who came to heal the broken hearted! To show us a greater love.....
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)
"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1John 4:9-10)
Jesus is the manifestation of God's love. He is the way to be healed. Jesus can heal our heart--restore our love. Jesus can give us back everything the devil has stolen. Listen. The biggest lie that the devil will tell you is that you suffered alone. This is not true! No matter where you were, no matter what happened to you. No matter how difficult things were. No matter how painful or lonely it was. No matter how great the abuse, the abandonment, the fear, or the violence was. No matter...... YOU WERE NOT ALONE! Jesus was with you! He stood with you, He suffered with you! He was touched with the feeling of your difficulties..the feeling--He knows what you went through because He felt it Himself--for you and with you....
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)
He was in all points tempted like as we are...The Greek word in this instance is one of the few times in scripture where the word all literally means to all people individually--that means everyone! Jesus is touched with the feelings of all the difficulties of all people--individually!! This means you! He was there specifically for you and with you at every place where you were hurt. He saw it--He felt it--He cried for His creation--But He took it to the cross for one reason--to heal it! Allow Jesus to restore your love--to restore your joy--to restore to you everything that the thief has stolen from you.
Jesus loves you.
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