"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10
In Matthew 4, Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. We know that Jesus defeated temptation, and He defeated the devil. With all three temptations that the devil threw at Jesus, Jesus fired back with three important words: "It is written." Jesus relied on the power of God and the word of God, and He won the victory. His victory is our victory! In John 1o we see that we not only have victory in Jesus but that we also have life in Jesus, full life. Jesus knows Satan. He knows his plans and his deceiving tactics. Jesus reminds His followers that the devil is out to steal from us; he is out to kill us; he is out to destroy us. However, Jesus reminds us that He has come so that we may have life and have it to the full!
As Christ followers, we need to remember that our enemy is Satan. We need to remember that our enemy is powerful, and our enemy has a plan to devour us. In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter says it this way: "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." But as Christ followers, we also need to recognize who our Savior is. He is the Messiah! He is the Son of God, the Lord God Almighty! He is God in flesh! He is our victorious King! He is our light and our life! Today and each day in 2016, Satan is going to come after you. He is going to tempt you to fall into sin, and he will do it in many different ways. Peter goes on to say in 1 Peter 5:9-10, "Resist him (the devil), standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you into his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." Stay focused on Jesus and what He has done and what He is doing and what He will do in your life. Believe His words in your life. Claim His words in your life. Live your life to the full in Jesus!!! Victory is in Jesus!!! Full life is in Jesus!!!