Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What Does Satan Really Want of You and Me?

I’m a pretty ordinary gal.

Not famous. Not rich. Married with one son and three step-daughters.

Pretty ordinary.

So want does Satan want with me? What does he want with you?

Does he want us to become Satanists? Nope.

How about have affairs? Rob banks? Kill someone?

No. No. No.

What about gossiping? He wants us to become gossipers, right?


How about overeaters, cheaters, lusters or haters?

Nah. None of that.

So what is Satan after?

One thing. Started back in the garden of Eden.

“You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. (If she ate the fruit) "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4-5

There it is. Satan wanted Eve to doubt God. He wanted her to believe that God was not for her, but holding her back.

Satan wants all of us to do the same. He wants us to doubt God’s heart for us. If we don’t believe that God loves us completely and that He is for us, what do we do?

We fall into sin and its patterns.

We lie, steal, cheat, have affairs, overeat, lust, hate, etc.

God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is/are FOR YOU! He adores you. And He is cheering for you to live an abundant full life.

Satan is not.

Here’s the good news:

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

So what do we do?

James 4:7 tells us:

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

Easier said than done! But being aware of your enemy and his tactics can be a wonderful step in the right direction.


Kay Day said...

Amen, Robbie!

Robbie Iobst said...

Thank you Kay!

Need More Words said...

Robbie, Why are people so ready to believe everything they read in the daily paper but doubt what God says to them in His Word?
Satan knows how to plant doubt in each one of us, he goes for our weaknessess and our deepest hurts and desires.
I think we sometimes have a hard time believing God's love for us because we don't love ourselves, which is sin.
Thank you for this wonderful post and uncovering Satan's tactics.

smithsk said...

Diane's comment - we sometimes have a hard time believing God's love for us because we don't love ourselves ... - really hits a home run.

It's no accident the 2nd greatest commandment is "love your neighbor as yourself" implying healthy self love.

Good post, Robbie!

Brett said...

@Need More Words:
Is that even a question? Maybe people believe what's in the paper because you can see it sitting in front of your face! Does God ever reveal himself to you? No... Creation doesn't count... I could say I created the world and now all should bow to me because of my accomplishment... Do you see my point?