by Pastor Tim Burt
Have you ever had anything stolen from you? I have a few times over my life. I've never liked it. One time it really made me mad. Someone had broken into our car and stolen Renee’s purse. If you had something valuable stolen like your car for example, you would most likely call the police. Why would you call the police? For two reasons: one being, to hopefully get your car back, and the second hoping they would catch the thief.
Did you know that Jesus called Satan the thief? In John 10:10 (NLT) Jesus said, “The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) gives us insight saying "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." What is this verse saying? That demonic forces work behind the scenes of life to steal, kill, and destroy. They are the real problem in our life not people.
We do have natural recourse when things are stolen, but the most important thing you could ever do is understand spiritually who your enemy is and then understand the covenant promise God has given you. God promises us through Deuteronomy 28:7 (NKJV) “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways."
When we have identified Satan's attack and thievery in our lives, it is imperative to note it, and declare it. Say with authority in the name of Jesus, "Satan, this is your work and you have tried to steal from me, what God has given to me. You are a thief and I rebuke and bind you from stealing God's blessings from my life in Jesus Name." We may not always be able to see every attack coming or immediately stop every negative thing that Satan tries to bring our way, but, when we do, it’s time to stand in faith and use the weapons of our warfare that God has given us. They are powerful and effective and will produce results.
Our spiritual maturity and growth in God will develop over time as we stay close to the Lord. As we learn to catch and resist the thief, we actually begin to slow down and shut out many demonic attacks and influences from our life. The devil will be on the run, your life will experience much greater peace, and you will begin to take back what the devil has stolen from you!
Deuteronomy 28:7 “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt