THE THIEF COMETH NOT, BUT FOR TO STEAL, AND TO KILL, AND TO DESTROY
Have you noticed that the father-of-lies has declared war against your heart? The thief has come to take the property that belongs to another, and put it out of existence.
As a little girl, I adored my sister. Being six years younger than she was, I spent a lot of effort trying to be like her. But, she was not always fair towards me. I remember one incident during my childhood when I asked her a simple question. On that day she chose not to answer me…deliberately. No matter how many times I addressed her, she randomly decided not to respond or even acknowledge that I was talking to her.
It was a perfect set-up for the thief to take my heart and put it out of existence. The father-of-lies used my sister’s stubbornness to introduce a killer thought: “You were randomly chosen to be rejected by your sister, by others, AND BY GOD.” Then, he added, “There is NOTHING you can do to ever become part of God’s chosen ones, because you are an outsider, excluded from God’s Kingdom of Light, Love, and Life.”
I held onto this belief for thirty years, until the Perfect Father called me to a new Life.
I AM COME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY
God showed me that it was not the deliberate act of unfairness committed against me by my sister, but the deliberate act of hatred committed against me by the father-of-lies that put my heart out of existence. He showed me that there WAS something I could do to receive God’s Light, Love, and Life—I could invite the Lord Jesus to return my stolen heart to me! With this heart, I could then receive His abundant Life.
What are the beliefs that put YOUR heart out of existence?
Will you consider bringing these beliefs to the Lord Jesus, so He may give your heart back to you?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, remind me, daily, that it is my responsibility to surrender my pain to You, in order for You to return my heart to me! I submit my childhood incidences of unfairness to You, Lord God—the times when I was ignored, rejected, and eliminated on purpose.
Thank you, my Lord, that You have redeemed these incidences and their consequential beliefs from the father-of-lies, on the cross. The father-of-lies came to destroy my heart, but You came to give me back my heart.
Maintain an Awareness
How much of our misbehavior sprouts from trying to PROVE that we are acceptable, worthy, loved, and wanted, because the OLD MAN character, conveniently formed in us by the father-of-lies, christened us unacceptable, unworthy, unloved, and unwanted?