• By Joseph A. Bias

The Giver, Not The Thief


“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

"But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.” Luke 12:39

Have you noticed that thieves rarely break into a well-guarded secure house where people are armed and alert to the possibility of his coming to pillage their house. No, they look for places that are unguarded, unsecured and where valuables are an easy prey to their evil schemes. When our guard is up and our full armor is on and we stand ready for the attack it rarely if ever comes. Only when we relax our guard and turn our attention to other things and don’t exercise diligence in securing and safe-guarding the things we value, that when the thief comes to steak, kill and destroy.

A man thought he had an easy target in an old man who lived alone in is house with just him and his dog. But the thief was in for a big surprise when he broke into this man’s house. This old man was ready for him and when the thief pulled out a knife on thinking to overpower him, the old man pulled out his shot gun and shot him in the butt and held him to the floor until the police arrived.

From a biblical standpoint thieves are on par with murderers, adulterers, fornicators and liars. Far too many years ago now, there was a time in this country when the church house, the synagogue, the house of worship was regarded as a holy place, a refuge for those in need and a safe hiding place for those in trouble.

Today, however, thieves and murderers think nothing of breaching the sanctity of the place of worship, the house of God, and stealing, desecrating or destroying what ever they like and even justifying their deeds as justified in their warped minds.

When the thief breaks in and steals, it can shake us to the core of our being and can threaten, if only momentarily, the confidence we have in God by faith. We feel somehow violated in our sense of security and wellbeing. As though for a moment the bottom dropped out beneath our feet and we’re falling into a great void.

But in such times we must not allow the thief to determine our response to his evil work. Rather we must remind our selves in such moments that we are sons and daughters of the Most High God. That greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. We must be willing to let go of what was stolen and even give up more to the one who has stolen such things committing them unto the Lord, praying for the one who has breached the security of your goods and possessions to steal, by overcoming evil with good.

“Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.” Luke 6:30

What should our response be to the thief? To the human kind we should be merciful and generous of heart, forgiving and showing compassion. To the spiritual thief we are to be unwavering and fully committed to destroying his works, resisting him steadfastly and fighting him with every weapon at our disposal.

We must therefore be vigilant, be sober because our adversary walks about as a roaring lion seeking whomever he thinks he can devour.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…” Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:8-10

We must be aware of our enemy and even more aware of our God, the One true and Only God, The Lord Jesus Christ. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

When we are fully armed with God’s armor [Ephesians 6] no weapon formed against us will prosper. We must keep our guard up at all times. Only when we let our defenses down, and cease to be vigilant do we make an easy path for the adversary to come in devour our house.

Keep the Word ever before you, confessing it, meditating on it, reading it, talking about it, living it and doing it. The thief cannot penetrate or overcome the power of God’s love and His Love is always with you.

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