John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Have you ever been robbed? I’ve heard people tell how they had their car stollen from them. They came out of the store and searched the entire parking lot twice thinking perhaps they parked in the wrong place. What a horrible feeling of loss and what an ordeal to go through. You lose the sense of safety and confidence you’ve always had when something is taken from you. I experienced this as a child when my dad was killed. He was there in the morning when we left for school but when we returned home he was gone. I think everyone can relate somehow to that feeling of loss.
So often my focus is so on the first part of this verse that I forget the best part; Jesus came so I could have the most abundant kind of life. This brings me to another point that I saw so vividly as I lay awake for over an hour last night totally overwhelmed by a problem we’re facing; the devil wants to strip my peace to get me to speak my problem so he can steal my promise. Stop arguing with your thoughts, put them in their place, speak the Word to every situation you’re facing. There is nothing too difficult for your Father. He is well able to take care of this problem just like he did the last problem you had.
This morning, I was reminded that God created me with purpose and the closer I get to that, the more pressure is on me to give up and quit. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”(John 15:16) When you draw near to the enemy’s camp, you must be confident that He who is with you is well able to deliver your enemy into your hands. If you don’t have that confidence, you’re easy prey for the enemy to pick you off and trample your fruit.
Father, I will not run in fear nor allow my enemy to chase after me. I will stand with ALL of my armor on and the Sword of the Spirit, your Word will be in my mouth to cut the lies of the enemy to shreds. I am more than a conquerer because of your blood and the victory you won for me. Your joy will be my strength so I laugh! I will laugh at the itsy bitsy teeny weenie unarmed devil who is poised under my boot where you placed him. I win, devil! I win because Jesus won and gave me the victory. Be afraid! Be very afraid! My fruit will remain and there’s nothing you can do about it.