Imagine being a fighter. You have been fighting for years. Your retirement is nearing. There is just one more fight and this fight is the biggest fight of your life.
There’s just once catch: You know that you are going to lose. There is absolutely no possibility of winning. Nope. There is no having faith. There is no prayer you can pray. This is not a David and Goliath situation- well it is. You are David, but this Goliath you will not take down.
You seen it. You know it. You have been told it. In fact, everyone knows it, and I mean everyone. Without a shadow of a doubt, your chances of beating the champion are none to none; but…you STILL. Plan. To. Fight. You are still developing strategic plans. You are still training. You are still mentally preparing.
If this were you, why would you still fight?
- Anger – That you still had to fight, although you knew the outcome?
- Earthly gain?
This actually is a true story. Since the beginning of time, satan knows that a war is brewing and that he will not win. There is a spiritual battle like none other that is slowly coming together. He attempted to overthrow God in His early days and was cursed and denounced from the heavenly realm.
“How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’ Everyone there will stare at you and ask, ‘Can this be the one who shook the earth and made the kingdoms of the world tremble?” Isaiah 14:12-14, 16 NLT
Since that time, Satan has been setting the stage for the ultimate battle.
So what’s the point of fighting?
He knows that he cannot overthrow God’s kingdom. He tried that already. Pride has blinded his mind from reality. A part of Satan’s continuing ambition and drive to replace God, is the yearning to have others worship him. If you do not remember any thing from any other devotion, please remember this:
Anyone who has to ask for permission to do anything – is not IN control; they are UNDER control!
Okay- it’s like this: Why would I listen to my co-worker for job instructions, who has absolutely no authority in position, when my manager has given me specific job instructions which will ultimately meet team, departmental, and company goals? Listening to my co-worker will get me fired. Listening to my manager could get me a raise, a promotion, or even a bonus.
Listening to the directions of the enemy will get us destroyed. He cleverly was able to con Eve and Adam into eating forbidden fruit, thereby overthrowing Adam’s God-given rule and authority over the world.
“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” Genesis 1:26 NLT
Listening to the guidance and aide of the Holy Spirit will produce an eternal reward unlike anything we can see or even imagine.
“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9 NKJV
Well what foo is Satan fighting for, if he already lost?
Since he cannot defeat God, the enemy is trying to destroy anything connected with God. He wants to mentally and emotionally hurt God. He wants to destroy God’s miracles – which is you.
When someone is trying to break you to your core, oftentimes they do not directly hurt you. They try to get to the core of you, by affecting the things you care about the most. A jealous friend will gossip about you to your closest family and friends, maybe sharing things you asked her to never repeat. A bitter spouse will sow negative seeds about the other parent, in an effort to make God’s reward, the fruit from your womb, turn their backs on you.
- Satan is trying to make you refer to God as “the universe,” denying his existence.
- Satan is trying to make you follow after your fleshly desires versus being sensitive to the cries of the Holy Spirit.
- Satan is trying to confuse you into thinking God made a mistake – that you were actually supposed to be a man instead a woman, so that he can steal your mind, kill your peace, and destroy any chance of you ever witnessing Jesus’ glorious reign.
We do not know…we don’t know, what it is to be in the presence of God. But guess who does? Satan himself knows:
“You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone — red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone, blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper, blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald— all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire. “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you. Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire.” Ezekiel 28:13-16 NLT
Since Satan is no longer allowed to dwell in the midst of the holy angels- beauty unparalleled- he wants to prevent YOU from experiencing the fullness of Christ, in all of His glory and majesty. Satan’s desire is to destroy the miracle God created. His special creation. You. When God saw you, His Love was magnified. You became the Apple of His eye.
“For thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.” Zechariah 2:8 NKJV
- Satan is making you so overwhelmed with work, life and family, that you do not communicate with your Father to pull down strongholds and activate your weaponry.
- He is making you so focused on things, that you fail to seek the Kingdom of God about all else.
- He is overloading you with work demands and project plans, that you fail to read your Father’s plan (the word of God) for your day to be guided and for you to connect with the spiritual realm, to find your lost brother and sister or to encourage the feeble-minded.
Satan cannot touch God- but he can try to manipulate God’s children.
Do you see how valuable you are to the Kingdom? Open your eyes. God created you like Him. We were the ONLY creation that God blessed after creating us. So the blessing of God was ordained from the beginning:
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28 NKJV
You are so valuable, that God, your Father, sent someone to die for you to bring you back to Him. God knows I could not imagine one of my children missing or loss. Imagine your sins are what detached you from your Father, and reported you missing from the Kingdom. Well, that is the case.
Sin hides us from our Father. A missing persons report has been filed. Can you imagine him saying: “Children, children, where are you?” This very thing occurred with Adam. God was looking for Adam. He could not find him. Adam had sinned. He had disobeyed his Father’s request to not eat from a specific tree. Adam did and he was no longer pure or in control. God said: “Adam where are thou? My child, where are you? I can’t find you?”
God does not play hide and seek. He plays no games about his babies. He is seeking for you. Come out from underneath the rock of sin- the heavy burden you have been carrying…the shame of your past, and seek for reconciliation with your Father. He is waiting with open arms.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:7-8, 10 NKJV