“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1Pet. 5:8)
I believe it is a forgotten fact in many churches today that Satan is our adversary. I say that because it seems that many church members are fighting other church members and fighting the pastor when they ought to be fighting their common enemy, SATAN! Satan is smart. If he can get us fighting one another, we won’t have time to focus on him.
There are five things Satan wants to do to you:
1. Satan Wants To DESTROY You.
The Bible says he is walking about “seeking whom he may devour” or destroy. If he could, Satan would destroy every believer off the face of the earth. Man was created in the image of God, so every time Satan looks at us he is reminded of his archenemy. No wonder he wants to destroy us! If he cannot destroy you, there is a second thing he will try and do.
2. Satan Wants To DECEIVE You.
Just like he did with Eve (in the Garden) he constantly tries to deceive us by making us doubt God. He wants us to doubt God has our best interest in mind and that He really loves us. He also wants us to doubt God’s Word. As long as you believe the Bible contains errors, then you will never really trust it and apply it to your life.
3. Satan Wants To DEFEAT You.
Satan is always looking for ways to defeat us in our Christian life. If he can keep us discouraged and depressed, then he knows he can make us ineffective witnesses for Christ.
4. Satan Wants To DISCREDIT You.
Satan’s desire is to tempt you to sin so that when you do, it will discredit your testimony in front of unbelievers. When they see a Christian sin, they say to themselves, “I live as good as they do. Why do I need to become a Christian?” Don’t let Satan discredit your testimony.
5. Satan Wants To DISTRACT You.
If Satan cannot destroy, deceive, defeat, or discredit you, then he will try to distract you. He may use a relationship. He may use a job. He will use 101 things if he can to distract you from living for God.
Watch out! Satan is after you, today. Don’t let him win!
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