John 10:10… “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (NLT).
This verse is a favorite of many. Jesus starts off with the devil’s coming; the devil wants to destroy every good thing in your life. Stop and think for a moment of all the good things in your life: family, home, health, job, and marriage. The word “thief” refers to one who steals, plunders, and pickpockets. The thief (devil) has an uncontrollable urge to get his hands upon everything that you possess; the devil doesn’t want you blessed. When he accomplishes this, he moves on to the next level, “to kill.” He plunges you into debt, to excessive credit card spending, to gamble, or to sell out and move. After this, he moves to the third level, “to destroy,” or to ruin and waste you. He leaves you insolvent and broke.
“But I am come,” Jesus says. Note the words, I AM. This is one of the Lord’s names from Exodus 3:14 which means, “I am one existing in the present and what I am I will always be: life to my people and wrath to my enemies.” The word “come” means to come whenever there is a need. Jesus comes to you with grace, favor, and benefits, to give you creative ideas. Jesus comes to give life in all its fullness. The word “life” refers to vitality in your body, soul, and spirit. The words “more abundantly” mean “beyond measure, more than enough, a life that continually increases, a life that lives daily in the supernatural.”
Don’t look for the devil’s coming–that is a poor outlook on life. The devil will push you, will make you fret, and will make you depressed. Jesus will draw you; he gives you a life above the norm. When Jesus saved you, He came to give you life, vitality, and zest.
Pastor George Belobaba
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