When you step into obedience to God, Satan will attack your purpose.
We’ve looked at the story of Nehemiah to see that his obedience to God’s call landed him in some serious combat with his sleeping giant—Sanballat. Sanballat’s first tactic was to attack his identity, and his second attack was aimed at Nehemiah’s relationship with God. Last of all, he attacked his purpose. Look at what he says in Nehemiah 4:2:
“Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stone back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”
Sanballat is assaulting the purpose of God’s people! Likewise, the enemy will always attack your purpose because he fears your potential. In fact, Satan knows our potential in Christ more than we do. He knows the power of Christ’s blood. He knows what Jesus went through to redeem mankind. He knows what God’s people are capable of when we walk with Him so he will do everything in his power to combat it!
Let’s go back to the blueprint—the garden.
In the Garden of Eden, God gave mankind the command to increase and multiply—this was their purpose. God wanted man to populate the earth with godly seed—seed which honored and reflected His glory. Can you imagine that? The whole earth filled with His glory! This was God’s blueprint. Then entered sin.
But Jesus is the restorer of our purpose. He defeated sin!
“Again, 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.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away from Me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”’” —Matthew 4:8-10
In other words Jesus was saying to Satan, “My purpose is not dependent on something you’re telling Me to do, which God never told Me to do. God did not tell Me to go up here to jump down!”
You have to know the Word of God to be ready for the battle ahead. Not only do you need to know God’s Word, you have to believe it. God’s word is alive. Is it alive in you? In the midst of his suffering, Job said,
“I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” —Job 23:12
What would it look like for us to crave God’s Word more than we do our daily food? Why don’t we desire the Bread of Life the way we do our next meal?
Each time you sit down to a meal this week, I challenge you to meditate on Scripture, recognizing it as the life-giving fuel that it is.
—LaMorris Crawford, Chaplain of the Cincinnati Bengals
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