Fresh Hope – 17th July 2019

The enemy has no authority over you (Jesus dealt with that at the cross!). YOU are the one with the authority now (you received it through Jesus – Luke 10:19). So the only way the enemy can have influence in your life is if you give him your keys of authority. 

What the enemy cannot take from you, he will convince you to give it away. If he can get you bogged down in things, then he has taken away your ability to move into all that God has for you and his work is done! 

Here are 3 things the enemy will convince you (often, without you even realising) to get caught up in: 

1. Busyness – Distraction is one of the greatest and most subtle tactics of the enemy. He will use even good things to take your focus off what is most important. If he can keep you busy with seemingly productive commitments that rob you from your time with God, your spouse, family, and church, then he has you where he wants you! Time with God is the most valuable asset to your growth and effectiveness as Christian, don’t think the enemy will not go after it!

‘Fix your eyes on Jesus’, Hebrews 12:2

2. Opinions of man – When you esteem the opinion of others above the opinion of God you will be easily tossed to and fro in life. You will be easily offended, quickly discouraged, driven by people pleasing and striving for affirmation. Hold the opinion of man lightly. Your value comes entirely from the fact that you are a child of God. Find your security in Him. Psalm 118:8 – ‘It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man’. 

Isaiah 2:22 – ‘Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?

3. Disappointments – Disappointment is inevitable. Unmet expectations for yourself, for others and for God. Left unchecked, disappointment will lead to resentment and unforgiveness – which will eat you and your destiny alive! Grieve, but trust in the Lord’s plan. Don’t let the enemy get a hold of your destiny through disappointment. 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’, Jeremiah 29:11.

No one is exempt from encountering busyness, fear of man, or the pain of disappointment. Jesus warned us, ‘…in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33). Jesus offers us peace because He has come to bring rest to combat busyness, a sure identity to combat the need of approval from man, and hope in a world of disappointments. 

Emma Burchell

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