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.
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.