John 10:10 says; “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Most of us are very familiar with this verse. We often read it and think the enemy/thief comes to steal our money, our health, our children and so on. And while that may seem to be the outcome, the Bible says the enemy comes to steal something different.
Luke 8:11-15 says; “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”
The thief comes to steal the word of God that is planted in your life.
This is the reason some will hear a prophetic word and then it seems like a war is suddenly raged against them, it has been, the enemy has come to steal the word that was imparted to them.
The enemy knows the word never fails, it always comes to pass, the only way he can stop you is to stop the word in you. His only hope is to steal the word of God out of your heart.
Isaiah 55:11 says; “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth, it shall NOT return void, but shall accomplish what I sent it for.”
The word of God will do what it says it will do, if we hold onto it.
The scripture tells us that some will hear the word with joy, but they have no root in them. Those who have no root, when tempted, fall away. What are they tempted to do? To let go of the word. The enemy comes and whispers in their ear that the word will not work, it will never happen, etc, and they begin to believe the enemy, and when they believe him, he has won. He has stolen that word.
The scripture then says that there are those who hear a word from God but then it is choked by the cares of the world, riches and pleasures of life, these too will lose the word that was sown into them. These things...cares, riches, pleasures...that have captured their attention, choke the word of God and it never matures. It never bears fruit.
Oh, but then there are those, us, who receive the word with gladness, hold on to it, walk it out, refuse to back off it, refuse to let it go and we will see the fulfillment of that word!
What word has God sown into your heart? Is it still working in your life? It is still planted deep within your heart? Have the cares of this world choked it out? Are you continuing to stand firm on that word? These are the questions we must ask ourselves.
The thief comes to steal, this is truth. He came to steal the word of God. Why? The word of God is the most powerful thing in your life. We live in a world that was literally created by words, by what God spoke into existence. Words are powerful, life-giving, creative forces. That's what the enemy wants to stop, your words that have been sown into your heart from the word of God. Those words sown in your heart, coming out of your mouth, are creative forces. If he can stop your words, there will be no life, no power and no creative forces.
If you have been walking with God very long, then you too have words planted in your heart. Hold onto them, God has spoken it and He will do it, He will bring them to pass, do not allow the thief to steal God's words from you. His word in you will produce all He said it would. You have His promise on that and God is not a man that He should lie. Hold onto that word! Never let it go.