We each have divine calling on our lives. We are called to be Messengers of the Messiah. God has chosen us to use our unique gifts and talents for His purpose.
This greatly threatens the devil. Particularly if we realize we are called out.
I was young when I first knew God was going to do something great through me. It didn’t take long for the enemy to start his war to keep me from being all God wanted me to be.
First, the enemy used a couple wounds people from the church inflicted on me. Humans are human. We hurt one another unintentionally. But the devil thought, “here’s my chance! I will encourage her to start building a wall up.” When a wall is built around a city, there is no more room for growth, and with walls high enough, light will be unable to come it.
With darkness and stagnancy continuing to develop, the devil thought, “another opportunity! I can break down her morals and invite her into sin. This will be great. Once she’s here, I can rest easy. She’s so far from her purpose.”
But the God who called me out never gave up easily on me. He pursued me, knocked down walls, and shone light into my life. With reckless abandon, He chased me down until I was engulfed in His grace, repented, and remembered my purpose.
Though discouraged, the devil remained determined. “She may no be living out her sin anymore, but I can make her never forget her failures,” he thought, “I can weigh her down so greatly with guilt and shame that she will be unable to move forward in her faith and calling.”
But as I started another day hauling around the immense weight of my past short comings, my Father yet again spoke to me. He reminded me that not only did He send His son to die for my sins, he rose from the grave and left them behind. Jesus did not sit and hang out with the sin he over came; he left it. He wanted me to leave it in the grave as well.
Beaten and battered, the enemy came up with a new plan: “if she gave up on carrying her sin, I will make her feel unqualified. I will tell her she’s not a writer. I’ll remind her she stumbles over her words and can’t speak intelligently. I’ll tell her she doesn’t know how to be a good partner, friend, or daughter. I will discourage her.”
But guess what? I serve a God that chose to use a man with a speech impediment to deliver His people out of Egypt and build his church with a fisherman. Surly, he can use a culinary dropout turned into a farmer.
As a last ditch effort, the devil contemplated, “I could distract her. I could give her social media, tv, house work, food, exercise, sleep, anything to keep her from writing or going to church or meeting with that friend or reading the next page in the Bible that has a revelation for her. Anything to distract her. Anything.”
But as a still, small voice, God reminds me of what I need to do. If I choose to listen, I know exactly what needs my attention.
I know my days of the devil waging spiritual warfare upon my life are far from over. As long as I am pursuing God and the calling placed on my life, I am a serious threat to the enemy.
But I am encouraged and empowered by two passages in scripture:
“I have told you all this do that you may have peace in me. Here on this earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NKJ
“No, in all these things we are more than conquers through him who loves us. For I am convinced that neither life nor death, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor any other powers, neither hight nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of Jesus that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 NIV
The victory is already won; I merely have to choose to live it out.
The devil may threaten me, but he has no control over me. And though times in my life I thought for sure he had won the victory, he cannot undo what God has done and cannot stop what God started. He is not that powerful. He is threatened by me, a little farm girl from Michigan. If that doesn’t tell you the power of God that is and will be working through me, I don’t know what will.
I look forward to seeing God’s purpose play out in my life and and how He and I together will overcome the devil.