THE THIEF

The Thief….

The Thief comes…..

The Thief comes ONLY….but to steal… AND kill…. AND destroy John 10:10

I have never been robbed… I mean I have had things stolen from me but not the…. break in my house and had anything stolen kind of situation.     I have heard stories of those who have… via TV and personal stories.       That range of feelings they have when they get home and find their safe haven torn apart and violated.     The Place they came home to shut out the world… their cares… their worries….only to find chaos…

The first thoughts that go through their minds are those of trying to figure out what really just happened here….unbelief of what they are seeing with their eyes…SHOCK!    

Then..ANGER… angry because someone who had absolutely no right had helped themselves to what ever they wanted and could remove from within.    Things…. that had value… sentimental as well as monetary.    

Then FEAR!     After the smoke clears and left alone… thoughts begin to plague their minds… What if we had been here?… or walked in on them?     Will they be back?      What is that noise? ….. Over time the “things” that were taken can be replaced with new “things”… the broken glass or door… fixed.. but…. the PEACE…. the Peace takes a long time to replace.    For some… it never comes back.    Some get security alarms installed to feel safe.    Some add more lighting on the outside to feel safe.    Some.. even move to a different location to feel safe again.   That Thief did much more harm to those people than just STEAL from them.

The THIEF in our lives… the devil and all his little helpers do much more than just take in our lives.       He Comes…. He always comes…!     His whole reason of  being is to “come”…. ONLY to Steal …AND kill….AND destroy!!       If all he did was steal a few items from us….. we could eventually replace those things… but… he isn’t happy there.       He is out for much more.       He steals not only things…jobs… homes… . but also irreplaceable things….

relationships….

friendships….

family members…

health..

Unlike a breaking of my home that I haven’t experienced… these… I have.     Like so many others… you first are in SHOCK… trying to figure out with your mind what your eyes and ears are telling you….                                 Then…ANGER….WHY!!!                  Why is this happening!               How Dare this happen…!! …. and then                            FEAR!         Those thoughts begin to infiltrate your mind… What if I would have prayed harder… read my bible more… gone to church more…what if it happens again?                Some hang on to their faith and know that God is the same yesterday,today and forever and that we just hang on that believing that someway… it will be ok.               Some become legalistic with the Word and make sure they are reading their Bible 3x more… Praying 6X more and  maybe even jump into extra activities in church.         Some, however…. “move” away from God…. blaming Him!      

Our Peace… in God has been STOLEN.      

Our Trust…. in God has been KILLED.

Our Faith …..in God has been DESTROYED!

Dont let the thief win…no matter what he has taken from you….NEVER let him steal, kill and destroy your love of GOD… Your trust…. your faith…. your peace! He can only take those things if you let him have them. Proverbs 6:31 says that if the thief is found out…. He must restore 7 times what he stole…

  HE HAS BEEN FOUND!

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