John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”
The thief in this passage represents the Devils agenda to steal, kill and destroy our lives. In contrast, Jesus said he has come to give us life in all of its fullness. Unfortunately, many people get the thief and the Lord mixed up. Too often we withhold from God our trust, availability and obedience because we think we are going to miss out on something. Instead we indirectly give to the enemy our best thoughts, resources and energies by believing lies about God and ourselves that ultimately rob us of the abundant life Jesus made available for us. When it comes to the issue of sin, the thief uses condemnation to destroy us but God uses conviction to promote us into our identity as sons and daughters of God. Don’t get the thief and the Lord mixed up in your life. The thief masquerades himself to be something he isn’t in order to steal, kill and destroy Gods purposes in our lives but God reveals himself as he is to bring us into the abundant life of his kingdom. Don’t get the thief and the Lord mixed up! Explosive insights!
One of the greatest diseases in our society is discontentment. It’s rampant and hides insidiously in human hearts and more overtly in our choices in life.
The quickest way to misery is to focus on everything you don’t have rather than what you do have. The advertising industry preys upon our discontentment and simply presents us with multiple options to satisfy our yearning. Discontentment is the product of an ungrateful heart. It leads to a feeling of lack rather than a feeling of abundance.
I heard someone once say that the first key to prosperity is a grateful heart. A grateful heart leads to a life of abundance and overflow. Sit back and reflect on what God has already blessed you with. Breath in your lungs, energy in your body, sunshine, rain, seasons, friends, family, houses, cars, church family, jobs, careers, ministries, opportunities, morning and evening.
You’ve got to make a decision in life, whether you’re going to live from what you lack or from what you already have in front of you. There is a place for discontentment when it comes from a God inspired desire to grow and stretch but other than that Godliness with contentment is great gain.
I want to encourage you to cultivate a grateful heart and live a life of abundance and overflow.