"Beware of Spiritual Thieves" - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - submitted by Dianne Prince
We are surrounded by thieves every minute of the day. Their presence is everywhere. These are not thieves with legs, arms, a body, a head and feet. But they are invisible—thieves that steal you joy, your peace and your faith. The cares of the world are thieves. They sneak upon you. They come into your life as mind games, “what if,” “suppose,” “maybe,” and “but.”
Thieves sometimes come looking like people you love. Their sole intent is to upset your day. Other times, thieves come looking like a “once in a life time opportunity” to make money at your expense, or at the expense of your family, your beliefs and your values. Spiritual thieves come as false prophets, prosperity teachers, and people used by the enemy to cause injury and destruction in your life.
Spiritual thieves, disguised as the cares of this world, come to take your attention away from Christ, to take away your enjoyment for life, and to inflict you with spiritual and emotional injury “just because.”
Jesus, on the other hand, comes along side you to help. He does not sneak upon you. He is always there. His intent is to provide you direction, companionship and peace. He is your gatekeeper—the one who protects you from spiritual thieves just for the asking.
Jesus promises to provide you life and to provide it more abundantly. Abundant life is more than job promotion, new cars, new homes, and throwing away your crutches. Abundant life encompasses uncompromising values, biblical principles, an upright life style, wise ways of handling money, effective management of your time, and maintaining healthy relationships.
When viewed through the lens of Jesus, abundant life can be seen in the midst of your worse nightmare. It is experienced in suffering, persecution, joblessness, troubled children, and in the midst of hopeless and helpless dilemmas.
How do you tap into abundant life? The answer is through Jesus Christ. Jesus promises in 1Thessononians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” NIV
As the sole provider of abundant life and as your only protector from the evil one, Jesus will keep you safe from the attempts of anyone and anything that sets out to steal your joy and rob you of your peace. He will guard your mind from the doubt that comes from the enemy. He will safeguard your spirit from the many attacks that come your way. He will defend you from those who desire to destroy your reputation. He will preserve your spirit when depression comes knocking, uphold your values when people make ungodly propositions, and look after your loved ones when the enemy launches sadistic assaults upon them.
What is your role when the thief shows up? James 4:7 instructs you to, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” NKJV Whether it is people, circumstances, bad habits, or inward struggles, give it to Jesus through prayer and obey what He tells you to do. When you do so, He will sustain your joy and maintain your peace. After all, He is your safety and security against spiritual thieves.