The thief, being envious of our fellowship with Christ, seeks to rob our hearts of our hope and joy in Him.
Many, who where once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift of Christ by receiving the baptism of His Spirit with tongues, and felt the heavy burden of shame bring miraculously lifted from then as they sobbed with amazement, joy, and faith in their hearts... now needlessly struggle again with a defiled conscience.
How did this happen? Are we to think this struggle is part of our victory in Christ? Were those first experiences of having been awakened by Him and having faith sealed by His Spirit the pinnacle of our walk with Christ and now we just spend our lives searching for ways to rekindle that old flame? No!
What went wrong? A thief robbed you blind! This is the same thief who stole from Adam and Eve in the garden who had daily fellowship with God in the garden.
As I said, the thief, being envious of our fellowship with Christ, seeks to rob our hearts of our hope and joy in Him... And he did so through offering an option in place of what Christ has in store for you... Just as he did in the garden. The option presented appeals to the sight and to the ear and seems logical to the mind but it is as a Trojan horse which carries an enemy cloaked inside a gift.
The thief confirms the promise of God but offers suggestions for how to lay hold of Christ apart from His covenant. The thief plays upon your own prejudices and thinking patterns to let you think his suggestions were your own ideas... and then challenges you to remain true to 'yourself' and pursue those thoughts to their logical ends. You had a heart to serve God and please Him and these ideas seemed to hold so much promise to glorify Him but instead you find yourself falling short of His glory and repenting over and over again in a state of defeat. A well crafted fraud has been committed against you and the Father seeks to restore you back to Himself!
God provides the remedy as He has always done. He has separated, prepared, and raised up a steward of His knowledge again to set judgment in righteousness an direct faith back into His covenant care. Covenant apostles of Christ teach according to the pattern shown them by grace that we may all depart from the way of the world and walk by faith on the way of the Lord which is covenant, stewardship, priesthood, and prophetic path. In these things the defiled conscience is purged by the daily presence of His Light and we begin to GROW up strong in Christ. This process of daily growth in Him IS the common salvation written about by His apostles!
Come and learn of Him!