Summary: Do you believe it? Then receive it whole heartedly and start giving the devil, the black eye he deserves, Amen?
Enough, is Enough!
How many of you saw on the news, the town where they had put out God Bless America signs and someone thought that they had left them up to long and they sent a letter that said,
either take down the sign, or pay a fine...only when faced with public scrutiny, the town manager later recanted and said he really didn't mean it, it had nothing to do with religious liberties, he was only enforcing the city sign ordinance.
We live in a land where things get stolen all the time, only today's thief is more cunning than in days gone by.
Oh there is still times where peoples houses are broken into and physically robbed, but today's thief has taken it to a new level, yes I'm talking about identity theft.
Where they take, not just your physical assets, but with technology and the advantage of the internet, all of your tangible ones as well.
Its a total violation of you and your identity, maybe you have even heard or known someone this has happened to?
It is becoming a lot more common place in America today,
statistics send a clear message, as well as our own common sense tells us, that we are a nation in trouble!
Can you imagine the time and energy that has been spent and wasted trying to figure out, how to rip not just someone, but everyone off.
If we could only Chanel that energy in a positive directionî
But I don’t want to focus on the natural today
In the spiritual realm, that same devotion has been spent, for thousands of years.
Trying to come up with a new and better way, to take everything you have, including you!
Satan is and has always been in the business of ripping off things that don’t belong to him!
Only, unlike today's thief, who try's to get all they can at one time and I'm not saying he wouldn't, but he's even more crafty than the internet thief.
See, he steals little by little, morsel by morsel, day after day and thing is, most people don't even notice it, until it's to late and everything they value is gone.
You see, he not only attacks physically, but through words, actions, thoughts, dreams, ambitions and whatever else he views as an opportunity, to be taken advantage of!
Jesus said in JOHN 10:10 RSV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
The MSG. Says: I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
While some might be thinking of personnel items and I'm not saying he wouldn't, try to try to get to you that way, after all he took everything Job had.
But the devil doesn't need your car or your house, or your money, he is more interested in stealing all the Spiritual treasures that you have access to,
The important things that have value with God and are of eternal significance.
For example; Our purpose for living.
If one were truly to experience Gods abundant life, a more and better life than they ever dreamed of, wouldn't that be enough to take care of all of our wants, needs and desires, we would ever have?
"It is" and there is no one who knows that better than the devil and that's why he try's to steal away everything about it, and I mean "everything"!
You can have all the riches in the world, but without The Lord, they are just an empty, lonely place of existence!
The devil doesn't want the world to experience one second of "a more and better life than you have ever dreamed of"
Because he knows with God in your life, there is no reason for people to turn to Drugs, alcohol, meaningless relationships, and whatever else!
It's all distraction from the problem anyway... Just Something…anything to try to fill the void, the hole in every bodies life that he knows exists from personal experience and try's to take advantage of
he doesn't have any hope or joy, he forfeited it long ago, that's why he tries to steal everyone else's, that's his plan.
But that's not God plan, Gods plan we read about in the book of Jeremiah, Jeremiah 29:11 RSV
11. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
he knows of the good things God has in store for you, because he has tasted them and that's why he also knows once you do, he will have lost the battle forever!
That's why he continues the battle, even after a person becomes a Christian, in no way, shape, or form, does he want anyone to know, what their salvation experience in Jesus, really entitles them to....Which is "everything"....