Devotional for Saturday and Sunday October 19-20

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Living a life of love”

Our Bible verse for today: “A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” John 10:10 (CSB)

Our thought for today: “Don’t let the thief steal your gifts from God.”

Satan is a thief. He is a destroyer. His goal is to steal and kill and destroy all that is good and holy – anything that comes from God. The great love that God has for you, and the peace, joy, and abundant life that comes with it, are good and holy, they are gifts to you from your heavenly Father. The devil would like nothing more than to steal those gifts away from you. If allowed to, he will kill your experience of God’s love; he will destroy your peace and joy; and he will ruin your life that should be abundant.

Are you going to let him get away with that? Are you going to allow him to steal your gifts from God?

When it comes to my home and family, I take intentional steps to protect them from bad guys. I own guns and I keep them loaded. I know how to use them and, if necessary, I will use them to protect my home and loved ones. I also lock my doors. And, I have dogs too. (Okay, they’re eight-pound sissy dogs, a Maltipoo and a Yorkie, but they do make a lot of noise!)

The point is, if a thief tries to break into my house to steal what is mine or to hurt those I love, he will meet resistance. Shouldn’t the devil meet with at least as much resistance if he comes into my life to steal my peace and joy, and to damage my experience of God’s great love for me?

But does he meet with resistance? How much resistance do I really put up? Do I easily give-in to pessimism and negative thinking, or do I train my thoughts to stay focused on positive things like Paul teaches us to do in Philippians 4:8-9? Do I allow myself to fret and worry about worldly wealth and provisions, or do I trust in the God of all provisions, as Jesus taught us to do in Matthew 6:25-34?

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of doing the things necessary to nourish your soul and to keep your relationship with the Lord strong and healthy. That’s exactly how you stay strong in the Lord – by being intentional about nurturing your relationship with Him. Then you will be able to resist Satan –  that thief, that hater of your soul.

Will you sit by and allow your gifts from God to be stolen by this vile intruder from the pit of hell?  I hope not! The gifts are yours. They belong to you. They were given to you from your Father in heaven who loves you very much. I encourage you to resist the devil. Fight him. Don’t let your gifts be stolen!

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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