Jesus Gives Abundant Life

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.”

I have a few thoughts on this passage that the Lord has laid on my heart. We see in the beginning of this passage that there is a thief. Thieves take things that aren’t theirs. And that’s what our Adversary the devil is. He is a thief that “seeks whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) In this verse it talks about 3 things that the Enemy does to us in our lives to take us down. He steals, kills & destroys. But that’s not the end of the story – because Jesus has come to give us an abundant life.

The Enemy steals…

  • What does the Enemy like to steal from us? Fruit. He likes to steal love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22) He wants to steal the power of the Spirit in our lives. He wants to steal our love for others and turn us against them. He steals our joy and makes us look at our circumstances with no hope. He wants to steal the peace of God in our hearts and put fear there instead. He steals our patience and makes us anxious when things aren’t going well in our lives. He wants to steal our kindness, goodness, and gentleness toward others. He wants to steal our faith and try to make us doubt that the Lord is working in our lives. He wants to steal our self-control by appealing to our fleshly desires. Ultimately, he wants to steal our fellowship with the Lord. The Enemy is clever and a master deceiver. And when we believe his lies, we let him steal precious gifts from us.

The Enemy kills…

  • What does the Enemy like to kill? Our hopes and dreams. As we walk with the Lord, He puts his desires upon our hearts and wants us to dream big. The Lord wants us to dream big because the Father is glorified through his children’s fulfilled dreams. But the Enemy likes to come and question those desires. He likes to twist them and make us believe that God doesn’t want to fulfill our dreams. He tries to tell us that God has done enough for us already so why would he want to give us our greatest hopes and desires? Again he is a liar and there is no truth in him. (John 8:44)

The Enemy destroys…

  • What does the Enemy want to destroy? Our lives. If we are Christians, he can’t take away our salvation but he will try to destroy and knock us down. He wants destroy our relationship with the Lord. We see so many times in the Bible how he is always trying to destroy people’s lives. He wanted to destroy Adam and Eve’s relationship with the Lord so he deceived them to believe they could be God’s equal. He uses the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life to take us down. (1 John 2:16) We see Satan at work in every Bible character’s lives. Where there is a great work of God, there will always be a counter-work by the Enemy.

But there is hope! The thief does not have the final word! Our great hope is in Jesus who came to give us a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10, NLT)

What the Enemy steals, Jesus returns…

  • We see in 1 Samuel 30 that as David and his army were away at war, their enemy stole all of their possessions and families. After they had grieved their loss, David found strength in God and God told him to go after everything that had been taken from them. When the Enemy has stolen every good thing from us, we can find our strength in the Lord and expect him to return what was taken from us. Job had everything taken from him except for his wife and his own life. However, he chose not to curse God but to trust Him. And afterwards, Job was blessed more than before. Jesus will return our love, joy, peace etc. when we choose to trust that he is greater than the Enemy.

What the Enemy kills, Jesus brings back to life…

  • We may believe that our hope and dreams have died but Jesus loves our dreams and wants to fulfill them. If it feels as though the Enemy has stolen them, Jesus can breathe life back into them. Ephesians 3:20 Amplified says, “Now to Him Who, by the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”  He wants your hopes and dreams and desires to make them better than you could ever expect or imagine!

What the Enemy destroys, Jesus restores…

  • Satan tries to destroy our lives and our relationship with Christ. But Jesus not only wants to restore our lives but he wants to restore our fellowship with him. Jesus does not want us to live in fear, doubt and worry. He desires for us to live in his love and live a life continually accepting his grace and forgiveness. The Enemy wants to destroy us by telling us that we are never going to be perfect or live up to God’s standards. He wants to make us feel as though we are unworthy of God’s grace and mercy. But that’s why Jesus came. He came to restore humanity and offer us salvation. Yes, we will never be perfect or live up to God’s standards. But Christ is perfect, and when we have Christ, God sees us as perfect. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) His grace is constantly pouring over us and holding us together. Jesus restores our souls (Psalm 23:3) to him and we do not have to earn it or perform well to receive it. Through God’s grace, Jesus can restore our lives, our relationships, our love, joy and peace, our bodies, our finances, etc. When we accept his grace and give him authority over everything in our lives, that gives him the room to restore what was taken from us.

So when the Enemy comes knocking at your door remember John 14:1, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” The Enemy cannot come after you unless the Lord gives permission. This is not to harm you but for the strengthening of your faith and dependence on Him. 1 Peter 5:10 says, “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” After we have suffered a little while, God will restore and strengthen us! Praise Him!

The Enemy seeks to destroy us, but Jesus has come to give us an abundant life. Receive it, for it is a free gift and greater than anything the world can give. Amen.

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