The devil comes to steal, to kill and to destroy.
John 10:10, says: The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The devil does not wear a red suit with a pitchfork in his hand. The cartoons depict the devil as a funny little character that rides around on your shoulder, whispering some devilish thing in your ear. The devil is real. As in this scripture, he is a Thief. A thief comes in to steal. He will steal away your faith if he can. If you allow him. Think about this; there are many false teachers out in the world, they will “catch” the ears of their listeners with just enough of the truth, then without you knowing it, they twist the truth. They may even speak of another way to Salvation. They may even say, “If you send in your money, you will get a healing”; or “If you will only put your faith in faith, you will be made whole again”; Or “There is no hell. It’s just a state of mind.”
With all of the tricks of Satan, before you know it he will have you running around in circles. The devil’s plan is simple, if he can keep your mind on “works”…. Instead of your faith in the Cross of Christ, then he (Satan) has succeeded. In Ephesians 2:8-9, For by Grace are you Saved through Faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the Gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
When you place your faith in the Cross of Christ, there is Life. The Lord will give you life more abundantly.
There is a false teaching that says, that Jesus was “killed”. The LORD was not killed or assassinated. John 10:18 says, No man takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.
I have the power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This Commandment have I received of My Father.
Jesus gave up His Life. He gave it as a Sacrifice. He died for your sin. For my sin. So that all who believes in Him shall have eternal life.
*I thought it would be appropriate to re-post my article - just in time for October 31.
In His Service, Mary