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Hey, let's have a conversation about the life we can have. In John 10:10 it says "the cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

So, this thief, who we know is the adversary known as Satan,  "cometh" which is a continual thing. It doesn't just come once but it is on a perpetual mission to keep coming. There are three objectives of the mission - to steal, to kill and to destroy. First, it comes to take something away or forcefully take possession of something that belongs to you. What it doesn't steal it can kill. We all know what happens in a killing of any sort - life is taken away. If it doesn't steal or kill then its aim is to destroy. 

You may be thinking, "Wait, isn't killing and destroying the same thing?" Like stated earlier, when something is killed it is deprived of life. What was once animated is dead. Likewise, when something is destroyed it is known to "render ineffective or useless" (Dictionary.com). In some situations, the enemy does not kill you completely but he will cause so much damage that you are ineffective and useless. Even though the attempts are meant to steal, kill and destroy you have another alternative. Turn the situation around by insuring your existence with abundant life.

What was possibly stolen, killed,  or destroyed was meant to deter the life you are meant to live. Through this new life all the former damage can be repaired and used for your good. The latter part of the verse reminds us that Christ came so that we can "have life, and that they may have it more abundantly". Now consider life, since this is the gift that is granted to all who accept this covenant. Life is "any specified period of animate existence" (Dictionary.com). So we are referring to your animated existence. Christ came to give us life and that is clearly expressed in the selfless gift of remission through shed blood. However, life was given in an advanced form. We are given life "more abundantly". 

Abundance is "an extremely plentiful or over sufficient quantity or supply" (Dictionary.com). So we can live life abundantly. We are provided plenty of life, an over sufficient quantity and supply of life. A matter of fact, we are offered eternal life. The life that is eternal is the spiritual one. The life that is given to natural man is not promised to last forever but the spiritual birth we have never ends. When we leave earth we are simply leaving work and going home. So while we are here on earth we can still enjoy life - in any situation, knowing that we have an abundant, eternal supply that cannot be ended prematurely in the spirit. This is a gift that no one can take away.

Blessings,
Yada

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