The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).
The thief is the devil, Satan, the Destroyer, Lucifer. He is not a little man dressed up in red tights with horns and a forked tail. Lucifer is the most beautiful creation God made. He is an “Angel of Light.” The root of his name ”luc” means light. He is an angel, but he is fallen. He rebelled against God. He still aspires to be the God of the universe. He enticed 1/3 of the angels to rebel with him. They are now kept in “dung-eons” until Judgment Day.
Satan, however, is “in the heavenly realms” (“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12)).
It literally frightened me when I first read that. I was shaking. To think Lucifer is be-fore the throne of God “in the heavenly realms,” gives pause; and yet it is clear in Job (jobe) that is exactly what is going on.
But Jesus is ready to give life and give it “more abundantly.” When he prayed for all believers (in John 17:15), his prayer was not to take us out of the world, but that God would protect us from the “evil one.” He certainly has done this in my life. God has blessed me with good friends, good relationships with others, good family, comfort from all sides, and the capacity and desire for spiritual growth.
All of this is a part of the transformation. Much different from my life before. He has blessed me with abundance, wealth, richness.* It is like the life before is a nightmare, and now it is a dream. I have even lost the weight I longed to lose. I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but losing 100 pounds** has strengthened me with self-control, a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23). I have joy and peace. I even have time to read. My life is full and abundant, and my Christian friends have this same thing. It is a truly amazing to experience.
But that is not to say that I never have run-ins with the devil, I do, but it appears to me he can do no permanent damage in my life. God helps me overcome the Destroyer. He protects me from lasting injury. Even rape. Romans 8:28.
Dear Lord, thank you for transforming my life. In Jesus Name. Amen.