Let’s suppose you have inherited from your father a large estate including a picturesque mansion with a new car and clothes and money. This is good news because you are presently struggling financially. Paint is curling off your dilapidated house, your clothes are worn threadbare, and a rusty bicycle carries you back and forth to work. Then just before the inheritance is transferred to you, someone breaks into the mansion and steals the checkbook to your new account. The thief writes checks freely for whatever he desires. It’s your money meant to bless you, but he uses it for himself. He ruins the beauty of your father’s mansion, filling it with tasteless furniture and lamps and gaudy rugs. He wears the new suits which were hanging on a rack for you, and carelessly speeds around in your new car. Then he begins acting and talking like you. He mixes with your friends and spends time with your family, not only taking over your relationships, but ruining them. This thief wholly enjoys the influence and position that is rightfully yours.

At your greatest moment of despair, someone bigger and stronger than the thief comes to you and explains that you are still entitled to the complete inheritance. He says the thief is too powerful for you to fight, but not for him. He vows to crush him and to return everything back to you. Then he goes out, defeats and binds your enemy, and restores your inheritance. The money is back in the checking account, all the gaudy trappings purchased for the house are gone, and everything is returned new. The relationships with your family and friends are restored. In fact, they are even better than they were before everything had been stolen.

Jesus is the one who came and bound Satan, the thief. He is the one who has defeated the Enemy and restored our lives. This is why we call Him our Savior.

 

-Kevin West

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