It’s no secret that one of my favorite scriptures is John 10:10. The New King James Version reads, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more
The first part of that verse in the New Living Translation says, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.” Satan has a purpose, and it is to make your life worse. When you know the devil’s goal in any battle, you shouldn’t be surprised when he attacks.
Jesus also defined His purpose in John 10:10. It’s so that you and I will have an abundant life. When you focus on what Jesus said, the devil’s objective should not be a big deal.
I can’t count the number of times I have talked to people who have said, “Craig, you wouldn’t believe what I’m going through. I don’t know how I’m going to make it.”
Their comments make me wonder what Bible they are reading from! They are too caught up in what the devil is doing. Christians are to live with the understanding that God sent Jesus, and because of Him, they can be victorious in any situation!
Too often, believers act like Jesus isn’t with them or in them when Satan attacks. They behave as if they are defeated and have no hope of winning. You have been given the victory, so why are you getting upset in the middle of a battle? Yes, the devil is trying to kill you, steal from you, and destroy your life. But if you knew you already won, your attitude would be different.
It’s futile to pray and ask Jesus to come back and do something about your situation. It’s like asking Him to be crucified again. Jesus doesn’t have to do anything more. He did it all on the cross. He told us to use His Name to ensure Satan’s defeat. At times, you only need to speak the Name of Jesus. When everything seems to be falling apart, you can say, “Thank you Jesus. I will get through this. Thank you for providing me with the victory. It may not look good right now, but I am victorious.”
You also have the Word. Scripture tells you to “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7 NLT). When the enemy keeps hitting you with everything he has, knock him out with the Word. Tell the devil, “It is written,” and insert the scripture you are standing on for your situation.
You don’t have to let the devil knock you around. The Holy Spirit who lives in you is greater than Satan who caused the storm.
Get Grounded in the Word
To effectively use scripture against the attacks of the enemy, it is crucial that you are established in the truth. I am reminded of a bop bag—an inflatable punching bag toy. No matter how hard the bop bag is hit or kicked, it pops back up every time. That’s because the bottom of the bag is filled with sand or water. It may wobble at first, but it doesn’t take long to become stable because of how it is grounded.
You, too, can stand strong against the enemy’s blows. The bop bag is filled with sand, but believers are filled with the Solid Rock Who is immovable. It doesn’t matter how many times the devil tries to knock you down, when you are established in the promises of God, you can get back up. You may wobble a little, but that doesn’t mean it’s over—it’s only temporary. You will bounce back!
What Is Your Problem?
Sometimes the hits keep coming, the storms of life seem impossible, and it looks as though there’s no way out. During those times, remember that Jesus is the answer! And when you have the solution, you don’t have a problem! Jesus’ disciples learned this the hard way.
MARK 4:35–40 (NLT)
35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”
36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed).
37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.
40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Following Jesus’ instructions turned into a scary situation for the disciples. One minute they were crossing the lake to their next destination. Then out of nowhere, a fierce storm arose. They thought they were going to drown. Because the disciples focused on the storm, they didn’t remember what Jesus said: “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”
The wind and the waves didn’t bother Jesus. He was sound asleep. The disciples began shouting at him—not with voices of triumph but fear-filled cries for help. He woke up and took care of the situation. Then He turned to the disciples and essentially said, “What is the problem? Why are you fearful? Don’t you have any faith?”
I believe Jesus says the same thing to you and me when we are in a storm. He asks, “Why are you afraid? I am right here with you. Where is your faith?”
Unfortunately, life’s storms aren’t going to stop. You have an enemy who is determined to fulfill his purpose. But you don’t have to let the devil knock you around. The Holy Spirit Who lives in you is greater than Satan who caused the storm. Jesus gave you everything you need to bounce back—His Name, His authority, and His Word. Most of all, He gave you Himself.
You are not alone. And trying to figure out how to get through a storm is not your responsibility. Jesus has the solution for any adversity you encounter. He doesn’t need your help in coming up with a remedy. He simply needs you to trust and believe. Too many people are looking for what they already have. When you have the answer, you don’t have to look for it. Jesus is your answer!
Craig W. Hagin
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