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Lent Day 35: Life to the Fullest

Having been primarily focused on outreach ministry with teenagers for a lot of years, I have become very comfortable quoting John 10:10: “…I came that you may have life and have it to the fullest.”

That is actually not John 10:10? Ok, it’s part of the verse, but only the good part. Jesus gave a warning in this same breath that he offered hope. “The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy; I came that you may have life…” Wow! It was only a few years ago that I gave the first half of this verse any consideration. I was more than happy to communicate the hope of real life to high school kids and others, but I missed the reality of the thief. What I have come to realize from the Scriptures and my own experience is that Satan is a real force seeking to steal our joy, kill our spirit and destroy our lives.

But I thought the warfare of Satan ended at the Cross??? Does the first half of John 10:10 still apply? If Jesus’ statement isn’t a valid warning, then why the words from Peter after the Cross? “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil, He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. .” (1 Pet 5:8)   Maybe the warning is because the thief is still permitted to carry out his work in some capacity. So the question then becomes, what is the battle now…?

 

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[…] It all started when Satan decided he wanted to be God, left his post as an angel and declared war on God, trying to take his place as ruler of all things. Satan’s biggest blow was his attack on Eve and Adam. God allowed it because he didn’t want his creation to be summoned to love him, but instead wanted his creation to choose him. Satan saw this as a prime opportunity, tempted Eve who invited Adam into the temptation, and they chose to believe the lie and not the truth that they were loved, that God’s love was enough. This deeply grieved God, because he longed to be in relationship with his creation, and it greatly pained Eve and Adam because they were created to be in an intimate relationship with God. […]

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