“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 NIV
I learned this verse a very long time ago. I have said it many times but mostly the part about Jesus coming that we might have life and “have it more abundantly” (KJV). The first part about the thief was, “yeah, that’s true but what does that have to do with me?” Until recently, when I realized that Jesus is talking about Satan. I just finished a two part message on “Know the Enemy” and “God’s Armor.”
Satan is a crafty fellow who uses his demons to do his bidding. We first see him in the Garden of Eden where he lies and tricks Eve and Adam into disobeying the Lord God. He stole the paradise from them. He stole Job’s health. He tried to steal Jesus’ throne. He is indeed a thief.
His work is not done. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 NIV. Satan is the ruler until Jesus returns to put him in his place. But until then, He is a “roaring lion seeking those who do not follow close to Jesus.”
Satan wants to steal your joy, your peace, your hope, and your love. Remember this passage from Paul the apostle who encountered many difficulty from the advosary. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 NIV
Satan can’t steal what is sealed in the blood of Jesus. He can’t steal your soul but he will try. Just say no to the Devil!!! Well, that’s my (short) point for today. Enjoy!