John 10:10 The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
There is a thief on the loose and guess what, none of us are exempt from his attacks. The goals is to prepare for them.
The adversary seeks to suck the very life out of you through stress, contention, deceit, craftiness, lies, opposition, rejection and on and on. His goals is to steal your peace of mind, your joy, faith, health, your children and on and on.
The thief seeks to destroy truth and promote lies, he seeks to promotes hate, envy and strife instead of peace. He seeks to promotes trouble and chaos and confusion in the minds of God’s people.
The adversary is described as one who roams the earth, walking up and down it, seeking whom he may devour according to Job 1:7.
Ephesians 6 clearly states that our fight against this thief is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
In order to fight these unseen forces of evil from the adversary, no physical weapons will work against him and his workers. Therefore, we must use spiritual weapons in spiritual warfare.
When we use God's weapons and follow His instructions by way of the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to stand and we will have victory regardless of satan strategies against us.
What can you do to fight against this thief? We must do Philippians 2:5-Let this mind be in us which is also in Christ Jesus.
How do we do this? We do it by daily girding ourselves with the full armor of God found in Ephesians 6.
Our (1st) armor is (truth) -satan is the father of lies and a deceiver. He knows no truth.
(2) breastplate of righteousness-righteousness we obtained through Christ by faith which guards our hearts against accusations and charges of Satan and secures our innermost being from his attacks.
(3)-shod your feet with the Gospel of peace)-The Gospel is declaration of peace on earth. The thief will try to stop your ever effort but you must be consistent in your pursuit to win souls.
(4)- Shield of faith-this weapon makes the words (lies) of satan ineffective when he tries to plant doubt about the faithfulness of God and His Word. Faith is a golden shied of protection.
(5) Helmet of Salvation-protection our thought process, our minds. The head is where the mind lives. When we have received God's divine knowledge of His Gospel truth and hope of eternal life by faith in Him, we will not receive false doctrine from satan and give into his destructive temptations like those who do not know God.
(6) Sword of the Spirit-The "WORD" of God! The "WORD" of God speaks of the Holiness and Power of God. There is no spiritual weapon greater than the "WORD" of God. Jesus used it against satan when he tempted Jesus after Jesus had spent 40 days and 40 night in the wilderness. The "WORD" of God must always be our response to the thief and his employees.
In addition to putting on the whole armor of God, we are told in Ephesians 6:18-Pray in the Spirit always with all kinds of prayer and supplication. To that end be alert with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
In other words, Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God’s people.
Regardless of what plans the thief has set out in his mind to do against God’s people, God declares through Christ on today that He has another plan for us and that is why He came to earth, to give us life and give it more abundantly.
Christ declaration of giving us life and giving it to us more abundantly emphatically means that life is found in n other than Him.
The life that Christ has to offer won't be found in pleasure, performance, position nor in the busyness of life.
The source of life is only found in the person of Jesus Christ. Throughout out scripture Jesus says that He is the giver of life and the author and finisher of life.
John 11:25- Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life." John 14:6 Jesus says "I am the way, the truth, and the life"
To win the battle against the thief of the hearts and minds of God's men and women around the world, the only weapons that are available to fight against his fiery dots are the weapons found in the full armor of God in God's bible.
Without God's weapon of warfare, we are guaranteed defeat by the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy.
Put on the full armor today so that you will not be the "prize of the day" this day or any other day for satan and his employees.
Fight your battles God's way and you are guaranteed victory over the thief that is definitely on the loose in the earth. You do know that he was kicked out of heaven into the earth right?
The thief may be on the loose attempting to steal, kill and destroy, but God is on the loose too, providing, shielding and protecting those who have put their trust in Him.
God's Word declares on today that power belongs to God. If we are in Christ and He is in us, no weapon formed against us shall prosper. We are victorious through Christ Jesus, I do not care what your situation may look like right now. You are a WINNER with Christ!
It is time to put on your war clothes people of God. The battle is real, but remember, “Power” belongs to God!
God bless you all and do tell the Lord thank you for equipping us in every area of our life for battle while in these earthly bodies.