10 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
People seek and search for greater fulfillment in life. They listen to, read,
and follow all the gurus and latest fads to find something to fill the empty
void in their lives. Deception is a great deceiver. Satan is good at what he
does. A veil of empty promises is paraded in front of each person to lead
them down the road of destruction.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first the Kingdom of God.” There is built
inside of us a desire for God. Satan the great deceiver manufactures a false
image, a lure of what God promises, and uses it to snare people into his
Satan lures us to himself. We do not run from him but to Jesus. We must not
be deceived by the lures, the lies of the great deceiver. The true fulfillment
of life is found in Jesus. We are to keep our eyes upon Him. Psalm 123:1
says, “Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens.” Satan
has no power over those who focus on God.
Jesus promises to give us life in abundance. Jesus accepts us
unconditionally. Jesus gives true life! In Christ, we discover what real life is,
the power of being. We are freed from the destruction of and barriers of the
darkness of an empty life where we continually seek after what is not there.
In Christ, we find the power of being. There is the energy of Christ dwelling
inside of us through the power of His Holy Spirit. We discover we no longer
fear death because the life of Christ lives in us with abundance. We no
longer seek the things of the world. Our appetite is fulfilled in Christ. Jesus
says in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never
hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
Many professing Christians live a dualistic life professing to live for Christ but
having their eyes upon the world. They never experience the abundance of
having Christ live in their lives. There is an emptiness in their soul, their
spirit. The song says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in his wonderful
face And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of his glory
and grace. Fulfillment and abundant life in this world are found only in Jesus.