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Steal, Kill and Destroy - Part 1

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | May 27, 2024 | John 10:7-21

KEY VERSE:

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. John 10:10 (NKJV)

 

MESSAGE:

In John 10:7-21, Jesus presents Himself as the gate for the sheep, contrasting His mission with that of the thief who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, offers abundant life, while the thief seeks to bring destruction. This stark contrast is a powerful reminder of the spiritual battle we face daily. The thief represents Satan and all harmful influences that aim to undermine our faith, joy, and purpose. Recognising these forces in our lives helps us to stay vigilant and rooted in Christ’s truth.

 

Jesus, by calling Himself the gate, emphasises that He is the sole entry point to salvation and eternal life. Those who enter through Him find safety, sustenance, and the freedom to thrive. Unlike the thief, Jesus sacrifices Himself for the sheep, demonstrating the ultimate act of love and protection. As believers, we are encouraged to draw near to Jesus, trusting in His guidance and provision. He promises that in Him, we will not only find protection from the destructive forces of evil but also experience a life of abundance and fulfilment.

 

By staying close to the Good Shepherd, we find protection and the fullness of life He promises—a life rich with purpose, peace, and eternal hope.

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Trust the love of Jesus for you. Reject the temptations and lies of the thief and embrace the life-giving truth found in Jesus. Remain steadfast in our commitment to Christ, and be vigilant against the subtle deceptions that seek to steal your joy, kill your spirit, and destroy your relationship with God.

PRAYER:

Dear Heavenly Father, I trust in the love you have for me. I willingly submit to You. Help me discern the devil's deceptiveness as you guide me by your Holy Spirit to remain steadfast in following Christ. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

 

THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: THIEF The Greek word for "thief" is "κλέπτης" (kleptēs), meaning one who steals or takes away by stealth. It implies deceit and malicious intent, distinguishing it from other types of wrongdoers. In John 10:10, the "thief" symbolizes false teachers and harmful influences that deceive and harm believers. This underscores the spiritual battle between good and evil, urging vigilance and discernment. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, contrasts this by offering abundant life, emphasizing the need to follow Him to receive true fulfilment and protection from deceit. Reflections:

Consider the influences in your life that may act as thieves, seeking to steal, kill, or destroy your peace and joy. How can you better discern and protect yourself against these influences? Reflect on how you can more fully embrace the abundant life Jesus offers.


𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | MAY 27, 2024

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