Six things Satan wants for your life
The enemy has a plan for your life: to steal, kill, and destroy.
God calls us to “be alert and of sober mind,” watching out for the schemes of the devil who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). The devil wants to devour our lives, keeping us from the joy of living in a relationship with Jesus.
Six Things the Devil Wants for Your Life
1. For you to doubt God
In John 20, the disciples shouted that they had seen Jesus raised from the grave, but Thomas’ doubt kept him from believing in the miracle of salvation. Jesus appeared to Thomas and said, “Stop doubting and believe" (John 20:27).
When the devil tempts you to doubt God, don’t let your circumstance determine your God; let your God determine your circumstance.
2. For you to live in fear
Fear is not the absence of faith, it is the misplacement of it. The devil doesn’t want to rob us of our faith, he wants our faith to be in anything but God. Life in Christ is life not in fear!
Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears."
3. For you to feel insecure
Don’t let the devil tell you that you are unloved or not good enough! You are God’s handiwork and, in Christ, we are not only good enough, “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:37).
4. For you to avoid the church
The more uninvolved you become with the body of Christ, the harder it is to persevere in your faith. It isn't easy to follow Jesus in a world that doesn't. When we leave the community we were made for, we are destined to be devoured (1 Corinthians 12).
5. For you to be led astray
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves" (Matthew 7:15). When we rely on the words of men or ourselves in place of God’s Word, we can lead others away from Jesus and be led away from His truth ourselves.
6. For you to fail
The devil wants to destroy us. He wants us to settle for what the world has given us and accept our lots. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” When you feel like you’re going to lose, take heart, Jesus already won for you!
Don’t want to be devoured? “Stop doubting and believe" (John 20:27).