Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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9-05

THE GOAL OF A THIEF

From a conversation with Sister Sandy Sasser

Do you wonder sometimes why events happen to test your spirit? Why do you have to deal with feelings and issues that are challenging and uncomfortable? Does it seem at times that you are being attacked, spiritually? Sister Sandy felt like that recently, until the Lord asked her, "If you were a thief, would you go to a house that you knew had nothing in it?" In other words, if you were a worthless person, the Devil would not even be interested in you. Thieves go to where they know the treasure is. They don't break into chicken coops looking for silver and gold.

Paul said, "We have this treasure in earthen vessels." We have something good in us from God. Satan envies it, but he cannot have it unless he steals it from our hearts. That is why he strives to persuade us to believe his teachings. When we allow them into our hearts, he comes with them. But Jesus told us that the truth would make us free. In other words, the truth evicts the evil one from the premises. It kicks the thief out. God's solution to trouble is as simple as the problems are complex. Just love the truth, and God will see to it that we are protected.

All these thoughts lead us to the conclusion that we should do as James said: "My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations." When we are tried, we know that our heavenly Father is still in charge of all that happens to us. And besides, we have this added consolation: when we are tried, we know that we are worth something because the thief doesn't try to break into houses that hold no treasure.

You're not being attacked; you're being flattered. Don't fall for it.

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