Hillsong Church's Global Senior Pastor Brian Houston has released a 4-day devotional entitled I Am Blessed. In this devotional based on John 10:10, Houston highlights the key areas that the enemy will try to attack you, how you can restore what was stolen from you, and how to move on to live the life Christ has promised - so you can truly say with confidence, "I am blessed!"
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Here's a sample:
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. - John 10:10 (NKJV)
Jesus spoke these words to the Pharisees after they threw a blind man who had received his sight out of the synagogue. When Jesus later found the man, He revealed Himself as the Son of God, and the man believed and worshipped Him.
This is a picture of how the enemy tries to steal the abundant life and blessing Jesus brings to those who receive Him. Jesus makes the enemy's agenda unmistakeably clear: To steal, kill, and destroy.
There are many things the devil wants to steal, kill, and destroy so he can sabotage your potential and blessing. However, when you are aware of his ways and means, you can cut off his attempts to plunder your life.
The first thing Satan wants to steal is our unity. Why? If he can steal unity, he can kill momentum and destroy blessing.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! For there the LORD commanded the blessing- Life forevermore. - Psalm 133:1,3 (NKJV)
The Bible makes the connection beyond any doubt: Where there is unity, God commands blessing, so those who pursue unity as a way of life are blessed! A unified church is a blessed church, and for over thirty years, one of the greatest gifts we've had as a church has been unwavering unity. The atmosphere of unity is loving, forgiving and generous, but disunity is toxic, confusing, and divisive. Wherever there is unity you will find momentum and blessing, but where there is no unity, you'll find neither.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. - Ecc 4:9-12 (NKJV)
Let's commit to living in godly unity and make the daily decision to walk in love, forgiveness, and generosity. Protecting our unity guards against the strategies of the enemy, and ensures a life of peace, blessing and longevity.