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Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 32:28-52 ESV, Luke 12:35-59 ESV, Psalm 78:56-64 ESV, Proverbs 12:24 ESV

Daily Verse: “But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into.” (Luke 12:39 ESV)

KLEPTES (2812): “Metaphorically of ‘false teachers’ Figuratively of the personal coming of Christ, in a warning to a local church with most of its members possessed of mere outward profess and defiled by the world. There is no reference to the time of the coming, only to the manner of it.  The use of the present tense instead of the future emphasizes the certainty of the coming.  The unexpectedness of the coming of the thief, and the unpreparedness of those to whom He comes.”[i]

Thieves exist.

Wayward thoughts lead to wrong paths.  When we head down self-paved roads, we miss Jesus. 

Today’s verse refers to the second coming of Christ, the day of judgment we will all face; none of us knows when.  But missing Jesus today means not enjoying His peace that surpasses all understanding, His calm in the storm, His strength in weakness.  Thieves lead us away from Jesus.

False teachers, false thoughts.

Every single one of us has listened to and believed a false teacher.  In today’s world, deceptive leaders abound, and the internet helps them multiply.  Deciphering truth from lies seems impossible.  But with Jesus, all things become possible.

“For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:37 ESV)

Apocalypse means to uncover, disclose, reveal in its original Greek form, meaning a cataclysmic event over time. [ii] Jesus reveals truth in our lives, His purpose on earth.  Applying Christ’s teaching to our lives reveals a truth we can see no other way.

When I stopped having premarital sex, I discovered a peace I’d never known before.  I learned quickly which men only had one thing in mind and which ones didn’t.  My broken heart healed from self-inflicted pain as I followed Jesus, one day at a time.  And eventually, God led me to Ron, the love of my life, a man worth the wait and the work.  Becoming healthy does take work; following Jesus will lead you to good health.

Don’t let the thieves in your life make you miss Jesus.  Make Christ the center of your life.  Let Him lead you to places you never thought you would go.  Enjoy life to the fullest following the Creator.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 139) Thomas Nelson


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