“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” - John 10:10
When you think of destruction, what do you see?
For me, I think about a historic old building or a pasture of mature trees, being demolished and cleared to make way for something fresh, something we want now.
I think that’s a pretty clear picture of how the enemy uses destruction in our own lives. He takes away the perspective and needs for the future and replaces it with our impatient wants for the present.
He convinces us that our desires, urges, and fleeting temptations are valid, leading to the destruction of morals and relationships.
He tells us that our pride, judgment, and egos are warranted, leading to the destruction of our humility and wisdom.
And he makes us believe that we are the gods of our own lives, the creators of our own wealth, happiness, and destinies, leading to the destruction of our need for God himself.
By now, after four weeks of talking about the desires of the enemy, it’s easy to see how Satan uses common circumstances and everyday decisions to wreak havoc and destruction on our lives.
All he needs is one scratch, one crack in our hearts to expand and infect the wound. But praise Jesus for His redeeming love that can fill the voids and make us whole again. We serve a God who brings beauty from ashes - who turns our shame into something that can be used for His glory and our good.
Satan wants to destroy all the good God is doing in your life. He wants to clear out the good, beautiful things you already have around you and make you believe he has something better for you. Don’t let him. Stand firm in your faith.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)