The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
The devil our adversary, is prowling all around like a wounded and HUNGRY lion looking for whom to devour------ to STEAL, TO KILL AND DESTROY!
The devil is a liar!
Fear is the ultimate weapon of the devil, He attacks a whole range of things in your life like your health, your finances, your home, your family, your career, relationships,mental state, psyche... etc.
He attacks with reckless radicalism especially if you dare fight back or you seem to be winning in some way or the whole battle itself, obviously slipping gradually out of generations of enslavement and bondage, then he goes for more sophisticated weaponry to totally wipe you out declaring you in his kingdom as WANTED: Dead or alive, better DEAD than alive!
In the case of the one who has just decided and taken a stand for Jesus Christ (being BORN AGAIN), just leaving a willful partisanship of satan’s club, the devil declares you Personae non Grata- A person who is no longer favored or welcome, you should be BATTLE ready for these ones do not let go easily of a ‘willing captive’ (even unwilling captives are held firmly and fought for violently)
He can make a whole range of decibels in noise! He tries to scare you and he never relents in pursuing you like Pharaoh did with the children of Israel when God sent Moses to tell him King, to let HIS people go
The pharaoh forgot that there is a KING ABOVE ALL KINGS and this is Jehovah the most High God, the one who is, who was and who forever shall be!
He remains the same in word and deed
The rest is history if we remember what happened at the red sea where all the weapons of warfare, horses and riders and pharaoh himself were drowned in their RED SEA OF PERIL which was a PATHWAY OF ESCAPE for God’s children! Hallelujah!
Psalm 91 reassures us that:
1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.