“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;” – John 10:10
One of my favorite verses because it not only alerts you and makes you aware of the purpose of the enemy, but it also gives an implicit message that is highly encouraging for whenever we experience a spiritual attack. This verse supports James 1:2 where it tells us to count it all joy whenever we face trials. Why? It’s not letting us know that the enemy is going to come with the purpose to steal, kill and destroy us, so that we can be afraid of him, but rather, it’s implicitly telling us that the fact that we are doing things right! The more we please God and walk in his righteous path, the more the enemy doesn’t like it and is threatened. The more we obey God, we discover the perfect will He has for us, the more we are prospered and become empowered through His spirit and through His revelation. This is when the enemy comes with the purpose of destroying it all as the verse says. But this is where I rejoice the most. The enemy cannot steal from me if I don’t have anything he wants. He cannot kill me if I have no life, and he cannot destroy if there is nothing built! What does this mean? It means we are blessed! When an attack comes to your life, get a hold of the word of God and remember this. You are doing exactly what you need to be doing. It’s only confirming that you have the blessings, joy, peace, love and salvation of God which the enemy wants to steal from you. You have Jesus in you (He is the way, the truth and the life). He has given you life once your sins were forgiven. This is what the enemy is trying to kill. And lastly, it means you have been “…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone” Ephesians 2:20. This is what the enemy wants to destroy! Rejoice, for we don’t have to live in fear any longer, because “…if God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.