I believe we choose who we are going to partner with. Who we are going to serve. If we choose Jesus, we must do so intentionally, surely and exercise discipline as a sincere disciple.
If we choose to follow the thief, sooner or later, we are the one’s who will be stolen, killed and destroyed.
Sadly, no choice is the same as the wrong choice.
And God of course amps things up, even more than we can imagine! Superabundance!!! To Him be the Glory!
On our own, we are finite. With Him – all possible. Our part of the deal is to BELIEVE and TRUST fully as we are capable. Max is max. For us to have max power we need to simply be a conductor of His infinite power; this to abide (See John 15).
When it comes down the essential, the bottom line we can rest and take comfort and assurance in this statement:
And even beyond that:
This is tried and true:
In Greek mythology there was a great warrior named Achilles. When he was a baby, it was foretold that he would die young. In order to prevent his death, his mother Thetis took Achilles to the River Styx, which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability. She dipped his body into the water, but held Achilles by the foot and therefore his heel was not washed over by the magical waters of the river.
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Tim Mannin – Do What Matter
According to the legend, Achilles grew up to be a mighty warrior who survived many great battles, but his fateful day came when a poisonous arrow struck him in his heel, killing him shortly after. Today we refer to our “achilles heel” as something that is our weak spot, vulnerable place, or in some cases the thing that will defeat us. For Superman it is kryptonite, for some people it is fear, and for many of us it’s a sin lurking around the corner looking to trip us up.
Our enemy is out to crush our dreams and keep us from being people who do things that matter for the Kingdom. In fact, he’s out to deceive, steal, and destroy us. As much as there is a God in heaven that loves everything about us, there is also an enemy that absolutes hates every part of who we are. John 10:10 isn’t just about the abundant life Jesus gives, but also a reminder that we have an enemy.
So many people have dreamed wildly for God only to see their hopes and dreams come crashing down because of sin. Is sin impacting your life in such a way that it is getting in the way of any dream God has for you? Has sin become your achilles heel? Don’t be fooled – sin will take you out! The enemy tempts us with sin and wants to pull us away from who God wants us to be.
We must be alert and of sober mind! What sins are crouching at our door? God’s Word promises that He will give us the strength to overcome temptation. We must submit our areas of struggle, sin, and even fears to prayer and the grace of God. We must repent of our sin and submit our lives to Him.
Read today’s scriptures and be encouraged. Never hesitate to seek spiritual counsel from someone you trust if you need help.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.” John 10:10
My pondering: Here we have a vivid comparison and choice. The thief or Shepherd. Its amazing so many choose to follow the thief with the abundance of opportunity or make no choice at all, which may be worse. I suppose if the thief didn’t disguise himself and offer up bribes and temptations the contrast would be starker. And with our affliction of sin, we are predisposed and bent toward darkness with it’s artificial fading light.
What an amazing opportunity and promise Jesus puts forth here, “I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.”
Henry writes: He was both the offerer and the offering, so that his laying down his life was his offering up himself.
The life He speaks of is spritual life for here and heaven. A life of fullness and abundance. Its one of purpose and hope.
Jesus makes our primary purpose clear: To love God and love people. Our hope is found in Him, backed by the Father and fulfilled by the Spirit.
With purpose and hope and Christ in our corner, we are empowered to live this current life to it’s fullest; an abundant life.
My prayer: LORD, Help me be all that I can by You, for You and thru You