Our promise this week is John 10:10, “ 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.”

To me, this verse has always been just black and white. It is Jesus talking about the enemy. This week, however, Pastor Matt brought a refreshing new perspective of this verse for us.

The “thief” that is stealing, killing, and destroying can also be people, places, or things. The minute he started to identify these stealers, I also started to ask myself what the stealers of my life were.

Can you identify yours? Maybe there are people who leave you mentally, physically, or emotionally drained when you’ve been around them. Are there places you go that add no value to your life and seem to leave you worse than when you walked in? What about things that seem to take up all of your time without pouring back into you? I encourage you to take a moment and answer all of these. Identifying the stealers of your life can help you live more abundantly instead of in bondage.

Pastor Matt also talked about the people, places, and things that can be life-givers. Can you identify those in your life? People who invest in your life add value and uplift you. Places that when you leave, you feel refreshed. Things that bring joy and help your walk with God. I again encourage you to take some time and identify the givers in your life. Knowing the people, places, and things that increase value in your life can help you to submerge yourself in the abundance God has planned for you.