This fact is nothing to be proud of, but I have known a few thieves. The folks I knew stole various things from clothes in department stores to BART transit cards that were lying around the office. The one constant thing about the thieves I knew was they always sought out things of value to steal.
It’s the same thing with our eternal and primary adversary, Satan. John 10:10 calls Satan a thief that is coming to steal, kill and destroy. Just like the people I knew who were thief’s, Satan goes after people’s gifts, talent, abilities and futures that are valuable to the Kingdom of God, here on earth.
Satan wants to steal who God created you to be so that you won’t fulfill your destiny in Christ. Satan wants to steal your confidence, your perseverance and your diligence because he knows if he can steal these valuable components from you, you will not pursue your greatness.
The most important things we have in life Satan can’t steal. But, he hopes that we will take our eyes off Jesus and put our eyes on the things going on, so we’ll think Satan has stolen our joy, our peace and the love of God for us. But, Satan is a liar (John 8:44).
The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), which means unless Satan steals the Lord, he can’t steal our joy nor our strength. Jesus left us his peace (John 14:27), which means Satan can’t steal our peace because Jesus, who conquered Satan, gave it to us. Satan tries to use our sins against us to convince us that God doesn’t love us any longer. But Paul tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. NOTHING! (Romans 8:37 – 39)
If we were of no value; if we were not a threat to Satan’s kingdom we would not have so many things coming against us to distract and discourage us. The good news is, God is with us (Isaiah 8:10). He will never leave us nor forsake us! (Hebrew 13:5) He will always rescue us (Numbers 10:9).
Are you going through a lot right now? Does it feel like you’ll never be able to see the light of day again? Just remember, you are valuable, that’s why you are under attack but stand strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God and stand! (Ephesians 6:10 – 17)
Living Above Mediocrity,
Min. Anita Wamble
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