In the new testament John 10:10, Jesus speaks of this thief - "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." Near the end of that scripture, we are made aware of how we can fight off the tricks of this thief. Jesus has come for us and has overcome sin and death. Our protection is through our relationship with him so that we not only fight off the thief and his tricks, but that the life we lead can be abundant and full.
When we are actively seeking a daily relationship with Jesus Christ we gain the ability to hear the clear voice of hope that He has for us. This voice of hope means so much especially when we feel let down, discouraged and alone. I have experienced some very dark times in my life. Hopelessness really does overcome your mind when you feel far from God. I can remember wanting God to take my life because I truly lost hope in my life. I lost faith in the intervention that Jesus could have in my life. What if I would have let the thief still the light in my life? I thank God for speaking to me during that dark time. For reminding me there is hope in my relationship with Him.
If you ever get to this point, consider doing the following to shed light on your situation:
- Read the word. God's word is alive and will reveal wisdom and hope if you allow it to speak to you.
- Spend time in prayer. Don't underestimate the power of prayer. Take the time on your knees or in your prayer closet to tap into the strength and power that comes from time spent alone with the ultimate counselor.
- Confide. Find someone you trust to talk with. Don't go through difficult times alone. God can speak through your friend or confidant. He can even give you a hug by using their hands. Let someone you trust see you vulnerable so they can help give you strength.
Stand up for your life and don't let your light go dim. The devil is a liar and our joy in the value of eternal salvation must be cherished and protected. Communicate with your Father daily so you don't risk becoming susceptible to the thrifts sneaky ways.
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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 (John 10:10)