The Great Exchange
A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. John 10:10
Fellow pilgrims, let’s stop playing around and start living seriously like Bible-believing, children of Almighty God. This will require a real understanding of who our enemy actually is (Ephesians 6:12) and that God is the wonderfully Sovereign, giver of life (1 Timothy 6:13, 15). We have one shot in this skin, so let’s live as authentic as
The thief (our enemy here) prowls around only to steal the promises of God from us, sacrifice (kill) us for his unholy purposes, and render us useless (destroy) to the Kingdom of God. We are told these things so that we may be on our guard. Don’t think we are talking about mere earthly treasures that are being stolen, or that our earthly adventures are being sacrificed, or our fun is what is being destroyed here. The world is the idol of this age, and as a distraction, the enemy would have us think God is the thief. Jesus says quite the opposite of what the enemy would have you believe. Jesus says He is the giver of life and not only that but gives life in abundance.
The enemy steals what is legally yours by being in a covenant relationship with God through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Cross of Christ is the place where an extraordinary exchange takes place. Through the Cross of Christ, you are continually invited to give Jesus your lack, rejection, shame, sin, and your old ways. By faith, when you release these burdens over to Him, He exchanges them for His abundant life. As a child of God, you are invited to exchange:
your lack for His abundance
your rejection for His acceptance
your curse for His blessing
your alienation for His forgiveness
your shame for His glory
your iniquities for His healing
your death for His life
your old self for His newness
your sin for His righteousness
Lord, I want to believe Your promises with all of my heart, my soul, and my mind, so when the enemy attempts to steal them from me, he will fail. Help me be on guard for the enemy’s attempts to deceive me regarding the provision in the Cros of Christ for my life. I desire to yield to Your Spirit, so I am alerted when deception is at work. Thank you, Lord, that even though the enemy lurks around seeking prey, the prey is not always caught! Help me to be self-controlled and alert by the power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth at work in me!
May the Lord direct our heart to God’s love and Christ’s endurance,