Without question, the enemy of our soul loves nothing better than to hinder and destroy God’s people. He will use any method hoping to trip us up in our walk before the Lord. If we falter in our faith, does his laughter fill the air? When doubt fills our heart, or we become lukewarm, he probably dances for joy. There is no way determine his reaction, but we do know he comes to rob, steal, and destroy. That is his ultimate goal and he will try to achieve it by any means possible.
One method the enemy uses is fear. He whispers words of doubt when the Lord begins ministering a new direction in our life. Fear of the unknown, or of the possibility that we missed hearing clearly has paralyzed many a soul. Terror of making a mistake is another way the enemy uses to stop us from moving forward.
Another trick is to make us believe we are the only one enduring a certain trial. We are alone and lonely. No one could possible understand our feelings. Our loss is somehow different from others. The daily struggle we have is unique to us. No one else is walking in our shoes. If we are honest with our self – the feeling is no one else could walk in our shoes.
A huge deception of the devil is to throw our mistakes and failures into our face. “Look at what you did! How can God use you? You are worthless and good for nothing. No one will listen to a single thing you have to say.” Words like these has stopped many a discouraged soul into walking in the freedom the Lord gave them through the power of the cross.
The enemy longs to steal our joy. Joy is different from happiness. Happiness might come when you listen to the songbirds early in the morning. However, joy is an intense feeling of knowing that you are the Lord’s and nothing can take that away from you. In fact, part of the root word joy is to be “joined”.
You have been bought with a price, purchased with the precious blood of the Lamb. You are joined with your heavenly Father by the very act of repentance and forgiveness. Rest in Him today. Job 33:26 He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, He shall see His face with joy, For He restores to man His righteousness.