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The Thief

This week I received from the Lord the greatest revelation of my life. Now, I’m only 31 years old, and to say that isn’t as grand a statement as it would be for someone older of course. It is still a big statement none the less for me, especially in light of the fact that I don’t make statements like that with any degree of regularity.

I’ve in the past year or two been reading the Bible in a way that isn’t commonly taught as Bible study method, yet whenever I speak on Bible study techniques in a group setting everyone nods their head in agreement with this method. I tend to read and meditate on one section of a chapter or even one verse for several days and not just read full chapters and then move on to the next chapter on the following day. I like to get all the “juice” I can from one thought from the scriptures before moving on. My brother, Ryan Leak, often jokes with me and asks: “Have you been reading and meditating on the word?!?!?!?” (said with a Creflo Dollar accent), and the truth is that’s the only way I approach the Bible these days Ryan. Take that!!

This week the Lord stirred a scripture in my heart. The scripture was John 10:10, and most Christians can quote this passage without much thought. It reads: “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV) . Some versions read the latter portion of that scripture as life more abundantly. I meditated on the first part of that scripture for a couple days and thought the Lord wanted to show me something about the devils plan to steal, kill, and destroy in my life as I’ve been enduring some personal “attacks” ,if you will, from the enemy for the past year of my life. I was driving in my car to pick up my beautiful wife from work when God completely changed my perspective on life and ministry through the truth of John chapter 10. I was brought to tears as the conviction of the Holy Spirit came over me and I just told the Lord: “I’m so sorry that I have missed it all this time”. This is what the Lord showed me. Please stay with this it’s powerful. Again, I don’t say things like that often.

In John chapter 10, Jesus is talking to the Pharisees and He starts by telling them that any man who enters the sheep pen by any other way then the gate is a thief and a robber. The man that enters by the gate is the shepherd and the watchmen open the gate for him. The Pharisees weren’t quite following Jesus so he began to tell them in plain language that He is the gate and the shepherd for the sheep and that everyone who came before him were all thieves and robbers. I’ve often thought that it was harsh of Jesus to say that “all” who came before Him were thieves and robbers, but further study shows that Jesus wasn’t referring to all the prophets that came before Him. John the baptist, Elijah, Isaiah, Jerimiah, and several others were not who Jesus was referring to because they all came to tell  people that Jesus was coming and  He was the Saviour. The “thieves and robbers” Jesus refers to were the false prophets and pharisees who were His audience for these comments, but how were they  “thieves and robbers”?

They were in the same way  that I have been. Jesus was telling the pharisees that anyone who didn’t point His people to Himself was a thief, and thieves only come to steal, kill, and destroy. Anyone who pastors people for the sake of growing their ministry or for any other reason than to point them to Jesus is a robber. When Jesus, the gate and the shepherd, is the focus of my interaction with people, I become a watchmen or a gatekeeper who just moves out of the way to let the shepherd lead His flock. I realized how I, not the devil, was the thief that comes to kill, steal, and destroy. I’m not saying that it is an intentional attempt to harm people, but anytime we grow so attached to people because of  what they can do for our ministry or what they mean to us, we have become one who enters the pin through some other way than through the gate, Jesus. Jesus wasn’t teaching that Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Satan is in that business, but this talk from Jesus was to show us that when we tend to His flock , we must remember that it is His flock.

2 Comments

  • Ryan Leak

    1

    This is very eye opening to say the least. I cannot believe my phrase was just put on trial.

  • Gabriel Leonidas

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    This was really good. You opened my eyes to a different point of view. I see u trying dig deep!!! lol BOOOOOBOOOOO