“The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
There are two spirits in this world that came to destroy. Satan came to destroy the works of good and Jesus came to destroy the works of evil.
The way Satan destroys us is by trying to convince us that God is holding something back from us. We see this account in Genesis 3, where Satan deceived Eve into disobeying God by telling her “If God really loved you, He wouldn’t keep something from you, would He?” Satan made Eve believe that God was hiding something from her. That if she ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil she would be like God. In reality, Eve was already like God. Eve chose to listen to the lies of the enemy and believed God was withholding something from her. As a result, she disobeyed God and brought sin to the entire world!
Satan uses fear and deception to destroy us. Jesus frees us with truth, trust, and believing God’s word.
Do you know that the human race is the only thing God created as free moral agents? A free moral agent simply means we have the ability to obey or disobey God. We also have the ability to choose how we will live our lives and what we will believe!
What we believe is so important and powerful.
Our beliefs are buried in our hearts and what we believe will shape our reality and determine the outcome of our lives. This is why the Bible warns us to guard the entry points to our hearts. The entry points to our hearts are what we watch on television or choose to focus on, who we are listening to, and what we are talking about. All of these things influence how we believe! Proverbs 4:23 AMPC “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 23:7 says “As a person thinks in his heart so is he.”
What do you think about most of the time?
What have you allowed to enter into your heart? Do you think God is withholding good things from you? If the way you think is contrary to the word of God, then your thinking has hindered you from living the abundant life Jesus died for you to have. The only thing in life that will limit you are the things you choose to believe are greater than the Holy Spirit that’s living on the inside of you.
“All things are possible to them that believe.” Mark 9:23. When we believe God’s word and don’t operate in doubt and unbelief all things are possible to us! Not believing God’s word and relying on self-effort will hinder us from living the abundant life.
In order to live an abundant life we must stop allowing the enemy, Satan, to hinder our thinking and short change our believing. We must renew our minds to the word of God and surround ourselves with other like-minded Christian believers.
Jesus wants the abundant life flowing out of us. Make a decision today to operate in faith by believing God’s word and thinking Godly thoughts. God says that “Greater is He, the Holy Spirit, that’s in you than He, Satan, or anything else that’s in this world.”
A person with an argument about the Word of God can never move a person who has experienced the power of God!
God is not withholding anything good from you! He wants you to live your best life! Choose to focus on God and look to Him to reward you! Refuse to let your thinking and unbelief hinder you from living the abundant life!
- Galatians 3:1
- Proverbs 6:31
- Proverbs 23:7
- Matthew 6:33
- John 7:32-38
- Mark 9:14
- Mark 9:15-24
- Mark 11:20
- Romans 12:2