How Sin Steals

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We have all heard about the thief from John 10:10, who comes to steal, kill and destroy, I am much more concerned with the Lord Jesus and that He wants us to have life and more abundantly, so we must not let the thief steal that abundant life we have in Him as a believer, so how does sin steal?

Sin steals from the unbeliever, it rules and has a hold over them. They don’t believe in God or that they are sinner, or do believe they are Christians just by believing there is a Jesus, but not knowing Him as Lord. Deception, steals. Division steals.  Disappointments steal.

The Lord is a a triune God, Father Son and Spirit. The enemy tries to copy that, fear, terror, torment, the unholy three or trinity, all sins coming at you, they are thieves to the souls of the believers. Jesus saved a thief on the cross, who repented, the other did not.

Zacchaeus was a thief as many tax collectors were in that day, but an encounter with Jesus changed him and he offered to make not only restitution but more.  He appears to have lived up to this, if only more people could do that.

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Ephesians 4:28

It was a commandment, you could be put to death for kidnapping or selling someone into slavery. You were not to withhold wages, you had to repay a stolen sheep with five, thereare a lot of laws concerning stealing.

People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.

Proverbs 6:30,31

I used to think if you named the devil as the thief that he had to repay you, he just doesn’t want to pay up. In revivals, there was a song about going to the enemy’s camp and taking what he stole. Now, I think it is better to let God keep the books, have His vengeance, sometimes, I didn’t know what was being stolen or how, even how much. The devil is often stealing health when we are not in the rest Jesus offers, he is disturbing and stealing the peace He gives as gift, John 14:27, he is trying to trouble us and make us afraid, keep us worried and under spiritual attacks. And he steals joy through our own cares and others who are against us. But we don’t give it up.

Jesus did not like the thieves selling offerings at the temple, quoting Jeremiah 7:11. He cleansed the temple and ran them out, and the Holy Spirit in us will do the same to who and whatever is stealing from us. Jesus also alludes to His coming as a thief in the night, He will come for the bride when He is least expected.

We don’t have to give up our joy or peace, don’t take just anything. The spiritual aspects is that cleansing our temple, can be done through speaking in tongues, and even if you do not operate in spiritual gifts, you can still ask Him to cleanse you.

He also explains how He is the Good Shepherd and that thieves and robbers were before Him, He calls Himself the gate of the sheepfold, which is a horseshoe like rock formation, the shepherd lies down at the opening to guard them. Also, He is door, if anyone tries to come in any other way, they are a thief. Jesus is the only way to heaven, He died to give us access to the Father.

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:20, 21

For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house? Matthew 12:29, in reference to casting out the devil – He is stronger.

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. John 10:1

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2

Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed. Revelation 16:15 NLT

So here is a pretty good look at what the Bible says about stealing. You can steal and rob from yourself, like the rich young ruler depending on his ability to keep the law, and not the grace of God, by not receiving the good things He has for you or believing they exist. The devil is a thief and robber and a liar, no wonder the words for thief, gannab and kleptos sound so bad, he gets away with way to much from believers but God is on our side and His vengeance is going to cause us to be repaid.

Don’t lose out by continuing to sin, disobedience or stealing. Repent and make restitution. Are you stealing time from your family, withholding love for punishment, there are lots of ways to be a thief, not offering encouragement. Jesus will help you discern and if you don’t know Him as Lord He is coming. The devil uses people to steal and often it is more than money.

Father, in His name open our eyes to the wicked one who is a liar and a thief, we want him bound, and the minions loosed from their assignments, you are the provider and restore our souls, the greater one, take vengeance on him, and bless us, with what has been stolen, beginning with your gifts of rest and peace. Help us see how sin steals.


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