Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sabbath, January 28, 2017
“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” (John 10:10).
“He took my faith! He stole my joy! He took my peace! He stole my willingness to see God’s blessings!”
The thief has but one purpose—to take what does not belong to him.
I find it intriguing that Jesus would use the destructive elements of thievery to describe Satan. He did not mince words, speak a cryptic parable, or teach an extended spiritual message this time. Jesus went right down the line and called his enemy by his proper title–thief!
The question is: will you allow the devil to continue to take what is not his? Will you continue to allow him to destroy your peace of mind? Will you continue to yield your joy through lack of prayer? Will you continue to allow him to snatch your wisdom through lack of careful Bible study?
Stop, Thief! Will you continue to allow the devil to swipe your connection with God?
In stark contrast to the devil’s thieving ways is the sterling character of God. Jesus gives abundant life!
In stark contrast to the devil’s thieving ways is the sterling character of God. Jesus gives abundant life! All He takes from us when we yield to Him is anything that hinders eternal life. He takes restlessness and gives rest. He takes the fear and gives love. He takes pride and gives humility. He takes death to give eternal life. He takes uncontrollable urges to sin and gives the power of the Holy Spirit. He takes uncertainty and gives hope.
What’s not to love about such a generous Saviour?
Are you willing to surrender your life to God, especially in these last days, to stop a thief? I hope so! The sooner you do, you will be able to help others in the same way, preparing for the day God finally eliminates him and his thieving ways forever.