Whenever the numbers 10:10 would pop up anywhere; the total amount of a purchase, the digital numbers on a clock, or perhaps a tied score on a scoreboard, etc. Whenever those numbers would appear I would say, "John 10:10, what does that say?" One, or two, or all of my kids would say, "The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I have come that you might have life and that more abundantly."
One day my husband said to me, " I don't like that verse, because of the the thief part."
My reply was that I wanted the kids to know that there is a thief, but they have a Lord who promises them life. Not just any life, but a more abundant life!
The thief loves to get his grimy paws on our abundant inheritance.........life. He desires to steal, kill, and destroy everything that the Lord has given to us. We must be aware of his schemes and know that he is out there.
There is a very small community near us who has had some vandalizing to some small businesses recently. This week they did damage to the post office even setting fire to it. Whew! They are in big trouble now. The law enforcement in that community is small and not very powerful.
Now there is a bigger issue. Now they are calling out the big dogs. The federal government will be involved because the post office is a government office. Most likely, they will find the ones causing the crimes and they will receive their just due.
The enemy often tries to steal, kill, and destroy that life that is in us because we believe in the Lord. The problem is when we let him. What if the ones who run the post office just let the criminals in and said, "have at it!" ?
Or those owning the small businesses just open the doors to the enemy and say, "Here, take what ever you like. Destroy everything if you want!"
I am afraid that I have done that to the enemy at times in my life. I have allowed the enemy to come into my life and cause destruction. I let him steal and kill my joy. Peace. Life!
There is such an abundance in the life the Lord has promised us. He wants us to walk in that abundance.
We often think of abundance in a financial way. I think He loves to bless finances. But I believe there is a richness to life that is way beyond the financial realm. It is all the things that money can't buy! That is abundant living.
I am just wondering if you have cracked the door for the enemy. I have learned the hard way that if you give him enough space to get his big toe in the door you had better look out. He will never be satisfied with that small of an entrance.
My husband started to say, "10:10" when he would spot it somewhere (and still does). Each one of my children would love to be the first ones to spot it and point it out to the rest of the family.
Have you seen 10:10 posted anywhere lately? Remember the thief with his desires to do destruction to your life and WHEN HE COMES don't let him in! And always remember the Lord who IS your Life!
I hope to share the second verse tomorrow.
ps. Melissa Taylor from Proverbs 31 Ministries wrote about this verse yesterday. It is very good. Please check it out on the Proverbs 31 site or on Melissa Taylor's Blog.