By: Tim Sader
1 Peter 5:8
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
If we belong to the Lord He will help us with the plans placed inside of us. He is our source if we stay hooked to Him our branch will produce fruit. When God came and downloaded on me a plan in the night. I felt inadequate like many did in the scriptures but my God is big and He can work big plans in the least of us. God makes no mistake when He calls us to do a thing. He makes us qualified to do the tasks that seem impossible in our minds. The plans in us He put there if they are good and His plans never fail. His plans benefit us and give us hope in the future knowing it will be accomplished. His plans are through generations the plan David had to build a temple was accomplished by his son. We accomplish His plans in us by denying the flesh of sin and trusting God to help us finish our race. He is the author and He finishes all the plans He has made. Again in 2010 I had a disturbing dream one night. In this dream my mom and I were moving boxes out of our house. Nothing was in our living room except the refrigerator waiting to be removed. As we started moving it outside the neighborhood was dark. In the sky flying was a large demonic bat creature stalking overhead causing fear. I feel it was trying to keep us from wanting to finish moving out of our comfort zone. The plans of the Lord almost always come with a counter attack from the enemy but we have overcome by the blood of the lamb.
The plans we have my seem just a little more than some impossible dream to us but if we trust the Lord we know it will be finished. We cannot focus on the nothing we see right now it is only temporary. Instead we need to see it finished and serving the eternal purpose He planned for us (2 Corinthians 4:18). Chances are those plans will not happen without having to jump hurdles put in our way. Just as God has plans for our benefit Satan has plans for our distraction. It is a constant tug-of-war and we are the flag in the middle big pulled in both directions. Our enemy is stalking us making us afraid hoping to pull us in His direction and to our own destruction. He wants to devour us so the plans of God will not be completed by us. The evil one’s plans are to kill, steal and destroy us in whatever way he can. That means he wants the plans of God in us to fail. But God has planned for us to have an abundance in all things (John 10:10). If we let Him pull us He will help us over those hurdles. The Lord laughs at the wicked plots against us because He knows their day is coming (Psalm 37:12-13). We cannot fight this enemy with bombs and guns like they do in the world. We have divine power to defeat the strong hold the enemy has on the rope pulling us away from God (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). To battle the enemy we must clothe the inner man with our battle gear. We do this by following the path of truth, faith and righteousness so we can be pulled along toward the message of the gospel. Our enemy is evil He attacks the spirit so we can’t fight him in the flesh. We defeat Him by building our faith, spending time in the word, confessing it and praying the enemy be defeated (Ephesians 6:11-12). The enemy has plans for our destruction but if we go the way God is pulling He will bring our plans to life.
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