Last Christmas, I came home to findÂ that someone had broken into myÂ house. I had been robbed. It is aÂ terrible feeling to realize that your home,Â a place where you find comfort, privacyÂ and rest, can be so vulnerable to thoseÂ intent on harm. As I tried to get my homeÂ back in order, I began to think about aÂ greater thief.
Satan is the greatest thief of all. HeÂ controls peoplesâ€™ lives. He seeks to keepÂ us in spiritual darkness, leading us downÂ various paths that ultimately lead toÂ hopelessness and confusion. Satan desiresÂ to destroy people and take their souls. HeÂ robs us of our consciences and takes awayÂ rational thinking. He blinds people so thatÂ they will not believe in the glorious gospelÂ of Christ and be freed from the power thatÂ sin has over them (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Are you a â€œblindedâ€ person? PerhapsÂ you are sitting in jail right now, not sureÂ where you went wrong. Perhaps you areÂ a parent who has neglected your childrenÂ for a life of pleasure. God sees the heartÂ and motives. He sees your secret sins. OrÂ maybe you are a hard working individualÂ who can never seem to make endsÂ meet. Life can be lonely and painful.Â Sometimes difficulties lead to depressionÂ or even suicidal thoughts. Satan is awareÂ of the various blows that come our wayÂ and he seeks to use these circumstancesÂ to keep us from the Lord, who could setÂ us free (John 8:32).
Christ is the answer for your life! HeÂ can give purpose, power and the abilityÂ to live with joy even when life is difficult.Â He came to this world to make your lifeÂ abundant with His riches of grace, peaceÂ and hope (Ephesians 1:7). He has powerÂ over the greatest thief of all, because HeÂ is the Lord God Almighty. He wants toÂ give you eternal life (John 10:28). HeÂ conquered sin, death, and Hell at theÂ cross, so that you would not have to beÂ eternally separated from God.
If you take your place as a lost sinner,Â and put your faith in the Lord Jesus ChristÂ as your Saviour, He will strengthen youÂ to stand against the ploys of Satan. Itâ€™s aÂ choice you must make. Turn from yourÂ sin, pride, and fear and take hold of HisÂ promise of salvation. Jesus said, â€œI am theÂ light of the world. He who follows Me shallÂ not walk in darkness, but have the light ofÂ lifeâ€ (John 8:12).
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