The thief’s purpose is to steal, destroy and kill.
My purpose is to give abundant life.
Watch one evening of local, national, and international news. EVIL is on the move before our eyes!
The Manual identifies the source of evil: “Jesus turned to Peter and said, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You’re in My way!’” (Matthew 16:23) Even Wikipedia says, “Satan is … an angel (spirit being) who rebelled against God. His goal is to lead people away from (backward) the love of God; i.e., to lead them to evil.”
“The word ‘evil’ is the word ‘live’ spelled backward” (The Way, E. Stanley Jones, p25) Though possessing a reverse gear, an automobile is designed to move forward. Imagine a person, ignoring a car’s design, driving down the expressway in reverse! Destruction guaranteed!
Jesus came to give you “abundant life” … ultimate satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness! On the other hand, Satan tempts you 24/7 to choose REVERSE. His “purpose is to steal, destroy and kill” (John 10:10) every feature of Father’s design for your life.
Satan has many strategies, so “put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11) However, his primary tool is deception: “Your father, the devil, is the father of lies.” (John 8:44) “The ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth …”(Revelation 12:9)
ISIS confronts people with a choice: “follow us or die!” Satan is no less atrocious with his demands! But remember; he’s a liar! Only Jesus is “the Way to the Truth about Life!” (John 14:6).
Have you become attached to him yet? “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.”(John 3:16)