The bible is clear that we all have an enemy and it’s not your mother in law, your spouse, your neighbor, your boss or anyone else that comes to mind. Our enemy’s name is Satan and is he out to rock your world and totally wreck your life. Yes, God has plans for your life, but Satan will do anything possible to derail those plans. Just as its important we understand how God would have us to live, love, and carry out our everyday affairs on this earth. It is extremely important that we understand our enemy and how he plans to keep us from the abundant life God wants to give us all. Here are three things Satan seeks to do every day of your life.
#1: SATAN SEEKS TO KEEP YOU FROM THE TRUTH.
God has given us His word to provide light in an otherwise dark world. In a world that seeks to make up its on rights and wrongs we have to know the truth. The only way you will know the truth from the lies is you have to read and study God’s word. God gives us clear instruction on dealing with our finances, our spouse, our children, each other and with a world full of uncertainties. The only way you won’t live confused and clueless is you have to open up the word of God and embrace its life giving truth. Every word you read is God’s love letter to you and me.
(Psalm 119:105) Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
REMEMBER: You have to know God’s truth, in order to not fall for Satan’s lies.
(John 8:32) Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
#2: SATAN SEEKS TO STEAL YOUR HOPE.
Many today feel like they are drowning and there is nothing they can do about it. Their circumstances have them convinced there is no way out and nothing but tougher days are ahead. You have to know that it is Satan’s chief goal to make you feel worthless, helpless, and hopeless. And, quite frankly apart from Jesus you are totally hopeless. But, the moment you put your total faith and trust in Jesus Christ your entire future changes forever. When it comes to finding hope in Christ it is available no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done.
(Jeremiah 29:11) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
(Hebrews 6:19) We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
REMEMBER: No matter where you find yourself in this life, there is HOPE.
(Romans 15:13)May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
#3: Satan seeks to DESTROY YOUR LIFE.
I hear this often from people inside and outside the church. This world is just getting worse by the day and you don’t know what’s going to happen next. I agree, but it’s because Satan is having a field day. In most homes God’s word is not being taught, Christ is not Lord, and Satan can’t help but feel like his army is growing larger by the minute. Families are falling apart, shooting sprees are taking place, and many are still yelling at the government thinking this is just a physical problem. My friends we are in a spiritual battle and this battle will not be won by laws changed, a fixed economy, or a new president. This battle belongs to God and we’ve got to run to him for our refuge and ever present help in time of need.
(1 Peter 5:8-10) Keep awake! Watch at all times. The devil is working against you. He is walking around like a hungry lion with his mouth open. He is looking for someone to eat. 9 Stand against him and be strong in your faith. Remember, other Christians over all the world are suffering the same as you are. 10 After you have suffered for awhile, God Himself will make you perfect. He will keep you in the right way. He will give you strength. He is the God of all loving-favor and has called you through Christ Jesus to share His shining-greatness forever.
(Ephesians 6:10-18) 10 This is the last thing I want to say: Be strong with the Lord’s strength. 11 Put on the things God gives you to fight with. Then you will not fall into the traps of the devil. 12 Our fight is not with people. It is against the leaders and the powers and the spirits of darkness in this world. It is against the demon world that works in the heavens. 13 Because of this, put on all the things God gives you to fight with. Then you will be able to stand in that sinful day. When it is all over, you will still be standing. 14 So stand up and do not be moved. Wear a belt of truth around your body. Wear a piece of iron over your chest which is being right with God. 15 Wear shoes on your feet which are the Good News of peace. 16 Most important of all, you need a covering of faith in front of you. This is to put out the fire-arrows of the devil. 17 The covering for your head is that you have been saved from the punishment of sin. Take the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
REMEMBER: Satan wants to destroy you, but Jesus offers life both in this life and the life to come.
(John 10:10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.