On the battlefield, focus is everything. Your focus must be on your immediate surroundings and on the enemy that is right in front of you, not on their leader thousands of miles away. If as a soldier you are focused on getting to their leader, then the enemy in front of you will sneak in and either wound or kill you. This is exactly what "churchanity" has done—focused too much on a defeated leader and lost sight of the victory we have in Christ.
This is especially true when we look at John 10:10 and how we have literally changed what Jesus was wanting to show us. Our rendition of John 10:10 is "the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy." This is not what Jesus said or even implied. The subject of discussion is not the devil; rather it's the thief. By changing the subject of who comes to steal, kill and destroy, we've taken our sights off of the imminent threat. The latter half of John 10:10 is the most important part, not the first half: "I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly."
In my conversations with believers, it is obvious the whole chapter of John 10 has been misinterpreted and its meaning lost. Since we've made it to the sheepfold, guess what? We are now under the protection of the mighty Shepherd who guards His sheep from the thief. The key is that we enter the sheepfold and once entered we are protected; and it is then we who can go out and guide others into the sheepfold. Where once we have successfully guided them to the sheepfold, they are then under the protection of the mighty Shepherd. We then no longer need to fear the thief because he is kept outside under the watchful eye of our Shepherd, Jesus. Listen to the episode titled "Stop Being Robbed" as we unveil who the thief really is and discover the lost meaning of what Jesus was saying.
Tony Myers is the founder of Outside the 4 Walls Ministry. He is the author of The Lord Jesus Healed Me, Journey of an atheist to the Truth, Unlocking the Mystery of Divine Healing, Divine Healing DIY, Yes You Can, Knocking Food off its Pedestal and Pushing the Boundaries in Christ, Living Supernaturally. His website is tonybelieves.com.
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