“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; Jesus has come so that I may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
The Greek word for “full” is translated exceedingly abundantly above or superior in quality. How many believers are living a superior quality of life in comparison to the average non-believer? Why do you suppose that is?
God’s idea of quality living is found in Galatians 5:22-23. It is a type of lifestyle that should come naturally to the Christ-follower. The reason so few believers demonstrate this type of consistent living has to do with 1) fleshly desires and 2) spiritual warfare. Satan wants to steal our fruitful living and extinguish any quality of life we may have. Unless we take an active stance against Satan’s attacks and schemes, we will never experience life to the “full” as we were created to.
“Nothing is more foundational to your freedom from Satan’s bondage than understanding and affirming what God has done for you in Christ and who you are as His child. Your attitudes, actions, responses, and reactions to life’s circumstances are greatly affected by what you believe about yourself.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 46
“Since your old self has been crucified and buried with Christ, you no longer have to sin (1 John 2:1). You sin when you choose to believe a lie or act independently of God.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 49
“When the Bible tells us the truth about who we are already are and what Christ has already done, there is only one appropriate response—and that is to believe it.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 50
Four evidences to test whether we are living by faith:
“Test #1—‘Am I doing this for the glory of God, or just to please myself?’
Test #2—‘Am I rushing ahead impetuously, or am I willing to wait?’
Test #3—‘Can I defend what I am doing from the Word of God?’
Test #4—‘As I contemplate this move, do I have joy and peace within?’” The Strategy of Satan, Warren Wiersbe
“We don’t make anything true by our experiences. We choose to believe what God says is true, then live accordingly by faith; and the truth works out in our experience. It is not what we do that determines who we are. It is who we are that determines what we do. I don’t labor in the vineyard with the hope that God may one day accept me. God has already accepted me, and that is why I labor in the vineyard.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 51
“Unless we are motivated and directed by truth, we will be defeated by the enemy. If we permit any deception to enter our lives, we have weakened our position and cannot fight the battle victoriously.” The Strategy of Satan, Warren Wiersbe
“Satan’s perpetual aim is to infiltrate your thoughts with his thoughts and to promote his lie in the face of truth. He knows that if he can control your thoughts, he can control your life.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 61
“We do not quench the darts by faith in ourselves (even our past victories), faith in faith, or faith in some creed. It is faith in Christ and his Word. We cannot stop Satan from throwing the darts, but we can keep them from starting a fire.” The Strategy of Satan, Warren Wiersbe
“All behavior is the product of what we choose to think or believe.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 69
“Let’s quit kidding ourselves. There can be only one Lord of your life and mind. Jesus, Satan, or your self cannot all occupy the same throne. You must choose every day who will be God in your life.” Stand Up and Fight Back, Ken Abraham
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Rebecca Aarup is an author and freelance writer. She is a health columnist for The Christian Online Magazine, creater of S.E.R.V.A.N.T. Sisters women’s ministry, and has written devotionals/studies/articles for a variety of publications including The Secret Place (Judson Press), Evangel (Light and Life Communications), and Mustard Seed Ministries. She just released a new Bible Study The Word: Six Lessons from Psalm 119 which is available as a free download on her website or in print form from Amazon. Beyond writing, Rebecca is a wife, home-schooling mom, and Bible student at Liberty University. She lives in Glendale, Az with her husband Chris and 5 year old, Samantha. You can read more from Rebecca by subscribing to her blog (it’s free) and following her on twitter and facebook.
Chris, my favorite is “The Strategy of Satan” because it deals with a subject I am passionate about. But really, anything he writes is a treasure. I’d like to get my hands on some of his books about the N.T. books like what you’re reading. Colossians is one of my favorite Bible books so I’d love to read his thoughts on that one.
Thanks for sharing the great quotes. I like the book “The Bondage Breaker” and have shared it with many people to help them find freedom in Christ. Also, though I haven’t read the Warren Wiersbe book, I am reading another one by him right now called “Be Free”, a commentary on Galatians. Good stuff!
Chris, I love Warren Wiersbe! I’m reading one called, “The Bumps are What You Climb On” about discouragement and disappointment in the Christian life. EXCELLENT. Anything by him is awesome.
I don’t think I had ever read anything by Wiersbe before, I actually dusted this book of the ol’ bookshelf as I’m studying through Galatians right now, and this was a book I used as a textbook in Bible College many moons ago. But now I think I’m going to have to look for some more of his works! What is your favourite by him?
Wow, Rebecca, there are some great quotes here and reading material. Funny, how so much of what you read appeals to me. Warren Wiersbe’s one sounds particularly good.
You’re onto something here regarding truth and deception. I think you should dwell on it in that little book of yours because you have some good insights to share.
Thanks again for sharing this wisdom, Rebecca.
Ian, that Arren Wiersbe book is a must read! It’s actually quite small and inexpensive. I would highly recommend getting it. Of course, all of these resources are top-notch. 🙂