Satan is willing to sacrifice so that the end result culminates in the destruction of the things that matter to God.
Thieves want to steal. They want to take everything you have. We have been discussing a very different kind of thief in the past two blogs. (Satan Comes Only to Steal, Sacrifice, and Destroy and He Comes to Kill) This thief comes to steal, sacrifice and ultimately destroy (John 10:10). This thief is a kleptomaniac who is willing to sacrifice all he has and uses seducing temptations that stimulates temporary sinful pleasure.
The key point is that Satan hates to have us enjoy anything, even for a moment, but he is willing to exchange the feeling of a short-term pleasure for the result of a hardened heart toward the things of God. A hardened heart makes the person insensitive to spiritual blessings and communion with God. So think about the tools of the thief’s trade: alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pornography, money, fame, power . . . Example: He is willing to make pornography available to God’s children. The reason is that pornography fills the brain with intoxicating chemicals. Satan hates that the person is filled with chemicals that feel good, but he is willing to endure our momentary pleasure because he knows it will eventually allow him to destroy the person.
Satan knows humans so well; he has studied them for thousands of years. He knows that the mind of the flesh wants more and more selfish pleasure. It is never satisfied with a little sin; it craves and demands to be fed. Satan has a very specific purpose for stealing and sacrificing – to destroy you. The enemy cons you, knowing that the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the boastful pride of life will wrap its tentacles around your life. The mind becomes dull, the heart becomes hardened, and the flesh demands increasingly more sinful pleasure. The enemy’s plan is to destroy your ability to love, feel connected to God, and nullify your ability to make Godly decisions. He is willing to sacrifice everything he has to destroy every good thing you have.
However, the end game of this thief is even more diabolical; his goal is to annihilate every person for eternity. The word “destroy” in John 10:10 means to be utterly lost, completely ruined, to make useless, to annihilate. He is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) and he is after your eternal life. He will use everything at his disposal – all of his resources – and offer them to you if you will just bow down and worship him.
After 40 days of temptation, Satan (the thief) made a final offer to Jesus.
The devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Matthew 4:8-9
Think about it. Satan was willing to momentarily give up his kingdom with all of its power and pleasure to Jesus if Jesus would worship him knowing that he (Satan) would get it all back in the end. Jesus refused the offer.
“Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Matthew 4:10
Do not be tricked or conned by the thief; he only comes to steal, kill and yes, ultimately destroy.