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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Steal Kill and Destroy

So I was just checking my bank accounts.  I need to transfer some money to cover our house payment for this month.  One of the accounts had less money than I anticipated.  I did not recognize the last check that cleared.  So I clicked on the image and it is a fraudulent check.  I do not recognize the payee and the signature on the check is not mine nor is it my wife’s.
Steal Kill and Destroy
John 10:10 leapt to mind.  The check was written for just less than $700.  In the grand scheme of things that is not a huge amount but it stings quite a bit.  One of satan’s disciples somehow got enough information to dupe my bank.  I started the process to reclaim the monies.

This is not a shock.  We have an enemy.  He is fully committed to our destruction.  1 Peter 5:8, is a clear reminder of that truth.  John 8:44 and John 10:10 outline for us his m/o.  He is a liar, murderer, thief, and destroyer.

In the parable of the soils the first thing we see in Christ’s explanation is satan stealing the Word of God,  Matthew 13:19, Mark 4:15, and Luke 8:12.

If we are engaged in a life of following Christ, we will face resistance.  We will face lying, stealing, killing, and destroying.  Christ did.  Paul did.  The apostles did.  We will.

We need to recognize from where it is coming.  It is only then that we can use the weapons we have been given to combat his schemes, Ephesians 6:10 – 20.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry, Mike. One feels so defrauded in such a case, making the secure status of our heavenly resources securely deposited in heaven for eternity!

    As our pastor reminds us from time to time, if, as a believer, I have a pulse I am under attack. What does that say about the vigilance I should have in every dimension of my life?

    And my enemy knows me very well....