Thieves come to rob us. As I was pondering this, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Thieves often sneak in without your realizing that they are there.” Think about that for a moment. There really are many different kinds of thieves. There are the very evident thieves that can come out of nowhere, and hold you up at gun point by threatening your life. These thieves are very obvious. But the most common thieves are the ones that we don’t see. The thieves that can rob us, and we don’t even realize that the theft is taking place. These are the thieves that work undercover.
Do you know that one of the most common types of thievery is employee theft? This can range from items such as small amounts of office supplies, to large sums of embezzled (stolen) money. I have read accounts of people who have embezzled thousands of dollars from government agencies and private companies over many years. These people accomplished their thievery by slowly and methodically working from the inside of an organization without being detected. (John 10:10 NLT) The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.
Jesus wants to give us an abundant life. The word abundance means a full supply. God desires that you have a full supply of love, joy and peace. He also wants you to have a full supply of health, as well as financial provision. God desires every aspect of your life to be filled with His abundant life! (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
We are facing an enemy who wants to keep us from fulfilling our God ordained destiny. He wants to rob us of the joy of the Lord, which is our strength. (Nehemiah 8:10) He wants to rob us of the peace of God that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7) The thief wants to steal our finances, our health, and if possible, even our eternal destiny in God’s Kingdom.
I have discovered over the years that Satan uses deception as his number one tool for accomplishing his theft. As long as he can work under cover without our recognizing that he is robbing us, he can carry out his schemes. This is why the apostle Peter admonished us to be awake, and on guard, because our enemy the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8) The devil cannot devour everyone, or he certainly would. He and his demonic cohorts look for areas of our lives where we are not taking heed to guard. Once he can gain access into our lives, like a cancer, he begins to eat away at our defenses and resistance until he has established a stronghold in our thinking from which he can work. These strongholds can show up as habits, negative thought patterns, and unbelief. They can become such a part of our lives that we are completely unaware that they are even robbing us. Once this takes place, he becomes an inside operative in our lives. Our thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs begin to become eroded from within. As a result, Satan has an opportunity to begin to rob us of the abundant life that God has ordained that we walk in. Given enough time, we will begin to see our lives affected in any number of destructive ways from these bondages.