"The thief 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." - John 10:10 KJV
The most common usage of the word theft is defined as the taking of another person's property or services without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. As Believers, it is our daily prayer, that we allow the Holy Spirit to bring our intentions into subjection under the Mighty Hand of God.
If you have ever been the victim of having someone take something from you with the intent for you not to have it anymore, it lends for a feeling of helplessness, hopelessness and makes you question your judgement. Why didn't I see this coming? What did I do to deserve this? Why would someone want to hurt me? Why?
To be transparent, I have been sitting back watching a surge or trend if you will of tomfoolery happening both inside and outside the Body of Christ. I am usually not the soul of tact, but it never stopped me before from saying what I want to say. Today is no different. If you cannot accept the reality of the highs and lows of marriage, then you probably want to read something that will make you feel better about the lies you've been living with. Our mission is to invest in marriages through biblical principles and reality.
So here's the thing! I am not sure at what point it became acceptable to commit "Grand Theft" of marriages? Has anybody ever asked, "Why is the devil fighting marriages in alarming numbers?" Has anybody ever asked, "Why has the original intent of the marriage/family structure been mangled and is getting more and more distorted everyday?" More importantly, "Does anybody care?" "Or have we surrendered our marriages and families to Thieves?"
The idea of someone making another person's spouse their "mark" is very disturbing to me. But with any criminal court case, in order to get a guilty verdict, you must prove intent. Did him or her intend to have sexual intercourse or fallatio with someone other than their spouse? This idea of, "We didn't have sex, we just engaged in fallatio." STOP swapping DNA with people whom you were never meant to connect with. If he or she is NOT your spouse, you have committed Grand Theft. Grand Theft as it pertains to marriages means intentionally depriving the two parties of everything that God had for them. Grand Theft as it pertains to marriages means allowing the Thief access to a valuable vault filled with blessings specifically designed for a Husband and His Own Wife...A Wife and Her Own Husband.
Thieves usually have a plan. Thieves choose the person or persons they want to deprive of what's rightfully theirs. It could take a Thief days, weeks, months or years even to finally carry out their plan. Thieves study their intended targets. Thieves do their homework. Thieves try and crack the correct code. Thieves never rob empty vaults. Thieves only take what's valuable once they're in. Thieves could be male or female. Thieves could be saved or unsaved. Thieves could be young or old. Thieves actually think they have gotten away with something. Thieves have planned their escape routes. Thieves anticipate getting caught and devise a way to get out of it. Thieves "go big or stay home." John 10:10 KJV states, " 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."
The house we live in came with a complete home security system. Anti-theft devices have come a long way. We downloaded and app to our cell phone which connects to the main server at the house and we can open the app from where ever we are and see live feed of what's going on both inside and outside the perimeter/grounds of our house. We are more at ease when we are away from home or when one of us is at work and the other is at home with the children. We can also monitor the children when they are outside with their friends.
It made me think about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who hung on an old rugged cross between two Thieves on Calvary. The scripture says, "one on the right hand, the other on the left." After all, the two Thieves' intentions had been weighed in the balances and were found wanting. The two Thieves had been convicted of the intent to deprive rightful owners of something they owned that was taken without their consent or permission. The All Knowing, knew before the beginning that we would need the greatest example of an Anti-Theft device. He gave us the greatest example of what to do when you are a victim of Grand Theft.
There on display for the whole world to see, He gave us an example of how to sentence two Thieves on a cross. God is the only Righteous Judge. One mocked and tempted Jesus because of his unbelief that Jesus was the Messiah and received the sentence he deserved. The other repented because he believed that Jesus was the Son of God and was sentenced to an entrance ticket into Paradise, a sentence he did NOT deserve. Luke 23:43 KJV, "And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."
This is an appeal to Husbands and Wives to hold to God's Unchanging Hand concerning your marriage. Stop allowing Thieves to have access to your bodies, minds, spirit, joy, love and peace. You do not have to become or succumb to the devices of Thieves. I read a quote that said, "Condoms won't protect you from sexually transmitted demons." Pray, cover each other with the blood of Jesus and cover your Union with the blood of Jesus. Remember, Jesus hung between two Thieves in front of the whole world so you and I would not receive the sentence that we deserve.
The Chef and The Ref, as we are more affectionately called, are just two individuals who God joined together in the Spirit and then in the Natural to walk through the challenges of life together. We have been married for 27 years and have four amazing children. We get many calls, text and emails asking us questions about a variety of topics as it relates to marriage. This blog was inspired by the Holy Spirit and an answer to the growing demand of couples who inquire about our experiences in marriage as it relates to their own. We do not make any claims of being anything more than two sinners, saved by grace who wanted to give couples an opportunity to have safe conversations that will make their marriage stronger. The Chef and The Ref are both licensed and ordained Ministers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ who wanted to create a safe platform for married couples to converse about a variety of topics.