The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)
Jesus Vs. Devil
Motivating Monday! Basic Life Principle 101- Jesus vs. Devil. Two individuals representing two vital outcomes for not only eternity, the life we live now. These thoughts began as my husband and I discussed cost of college tuition. College tuition has become outlandish making it hard for dreams to be accomplished. What is a dream? Something we have stirring within our hearts, deciding to believe if possible or not. That is once we have nerve to voice our dreams and seek necessary steps turning dreams into reality.
We need to stir life into dreams long buried, refreshen those lingering- determine once again if possible. It’s easy to look around areas and see reasons dreams are shelved. Locked tight and far away is exactly where the devil wants prosperity to be…anyone stepping out in faith, seeking to make dreams happen, have determined in their hearts all things are possible to those who believe in Jesus. There is success without Jesus, yet, with no solid foundation- no longevity guaranteed. Building foundations on solid rock- Jesus Christ says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Whoever enters this gate to the shepherd will be saved. This is simply praying the salvation prayer. Accept Jesus as Savior, Believe He died on the cross and rose three days later, confess with your mouth- we will be saved. Easy as 1-2-3.
Reading and studying scripture allows us to know the heart and mind of Christ, which we are to imitate. Opposite of this is the devil working through world objects and minds to steal, kill, and destroy. Destroy dreams? Time to face reality. Anything the devil can do to keep one from living for God, make eye appealing offers, full of poison to keep one bound and ineffective. Just like the big business of pharmaceutical companies. Addicted patients are being limited now- seeking heroine and other drugs to keep addiction going. Addiction to pain pills have been an effective tactic the devil has used to stop many individuals from furthering their purpose in life. There is always one reason to the next to meet one’s addiction for pain pills. If this is happening- seek medical attention for recovery. It will be tough- yet, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. As far as paying for college- pray and ask God’s approach to take- we cannot shelve dreams when God is willing to show us a way.
Let’s not give the devil anymore leverage. Demand the devil to flee- he must flee- send him and his agents off to the abyss or some other entity. Jesus drove them into pigs- I refrain from doing this with all hog farmers in need of success. I choose frogs- ask the Lord for other options. Bottom line, through Christ we are filled with God’s Power- we work under God’s authority and have control over the devil. Therefore, no longer allow the devil to steal- this stops him from killing and destroying. Seek Jesus and have life to the fullest.