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About-Him.Com Devotional 08-10-2013
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
1 Peter 5:8 ¶ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
I was moved this morning as I read in the newspaper of a young man who committed suicide while in jail. He was experiencing severe depression as a result of drug abuse. His addiction started with prescription pain killers and then followed the predictable progression of drugs.
The article pointed out that the young man was raised in a Christian home and had attended Christian schools. This is good, but it doesn’t render one immune from Satan’s assaults. At some point the thief found his opportunity to kill, steal and destroy.
The apostle Peter called the devil our adversary and likened him to a lion who is looking for someone to devour. The young people of our permissive culture naturally come to mind, but the example applies to all, young and old. If he can’t get us with the sins of the flesh, he’ll attack us with the sleep of indifference and self satisfaction (Re. 3:17).
We have often seen nature films where a lion or group of lions will stalk a herd of other animals, waiting for an opportunity for the kill. Just like the devil, they always attack the weak or sick ones who are lagging behind the herd.
Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
The folks in Jesus’ day had the same problem as many have today; they didn’t have a shepherd. Jesus was moved with compassion. He didn’t single anybody out for ridicule, He taught them the words of life. I trust that I can have the same compassion as Jesus. When I see the bizarre dress and actions of the young crowd, it is easy to hide behind my robes of supposed righteousness and say, “…..Come not near to me; for I am holier than thou….. (Is. 65:5)” We know what the Lord thinks of that attitude. He said it is “A smoke in my nose, a fire that burns all the day.” When I see these sheep without a shepherd, I trust that I can show the same compassion as Jesus and be quickened in the Spirit to speak the same words of life; words in season to the weary one (Is. 50:4).
Isaiah 61:1 ¶ The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;
Jesus’ teaching wasn’t like the dry humdrum that folks were used to hearing from the dead professors of religion at the synagogue. He spoke with the power and unction of Almighty God, which of course is who He is. When Jesus spoke, people listened. Some marveled at His gracious words (Lu. 4:22) and others said there was never a man who spoke like this man (Jn. 7:46).
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
We feel helpless when we see our young on a path of self-destruction and in our own selves, we are indeed powerless. However we have access to the same Spirit that controlled and motivated Jesus every hour and day of His life (1 Jn. 2:20). We aren’t fighting against flesh and blood but against the very hierarchy of hell. We don’t fight the thief in our own power, but in the power of God (Eph. 6:12).
Luke 12:39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
Jesus called the devil a thief, but He also likened Himself to the same. He warned us that He would return to earth like a thief in the night (Re. 16:15). Those who are about the Master’s business will be rewarded (Mt. 24:46-47). Those who like The Ten Virgins have awakened to find that they have no oil in their lamps will be left. They were still clean virgins, but they went to sleep and let the oil of the Holy Ghost run out, and subsequently the door to the kingdom was closed to them (Mt. 25:1-13). Former Christians who have ceased looking for the Lord’s coming and have returned to sin will have their portion with the hypocrites in hell (Mt. 24:48-51).
Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Christian Love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will. - C.S. Lewis
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