How Satan Tries to Steal: Weariness (Part 5)
John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Satan wants to steal your VOICE, your INFLUENCE, and your EFFECTIVENESS.Jesus wants to give you a voice, expand your influence, and increase your effectiveness, experiencing a full and abundant life!
One strategy of our enemy to take away from our life in God is to cause a Christian to burn out, working himself or herself to a point of uselessness. Please keep in mind…
- Feeling tired doesn’t mean that the enemy caused it. Sometimes our body just needs a rest.
- Being overworked is something we can do to ourselves, and Satan has nothing to do with it.
- However, there are situations where there can be a strategic spiritual attack on Christians to cause us to become burned out.
DON’T LET SATAN MANIPULATE
Many of us have been taught to work hard, be responsible, and give our best. If we do these things, we will have a better chance to live successfully in this life. This is Biblical, and this is true. However, Satan, the great deceiver, likes to deceive. He will twist a truth into error by taking it to an extreme. Overworking can be harmful.
He often uses tools like guilt, where he plants thoughts like:
- You aren’t being responsible
- You aren’t working hard enough
- You could do better
He sometimes uses shame:
- You made the wrong choices in the past so work harder to make up for it
- You are less than others in comparison so work harder
He also uses fear:
- You aren’t going to have enough so work harder
- Someone will do things better so work harder
If a burn out comes from a spiritual attack, it comes from going beyond the circle of dependency on God and enters into self-sufficiency and pride.
GOD HONORS A DAY OFF
God honors rest. Just because it was an Old Testament law to rest on the seventh day doesn’t mean the principle does not apply to the New Testament church. God places value on one day of rest a week, not just because it has spiritual meaning, but because He cares for us and cherishes the time we spend to together.
When we rest, it isn’t just about giving ourselves a break. A day off also gives us time to spend with God. When we don’t rest, not only are we taking away from our time with God; but we are also taking away HIS time with US. Many of us understand that tithing is honoring God with what belongs to Him, and we would never take away from it. However, if we understood that our rest was God’s time with us, would we take that away from Him? If the enemy changes our thinking to think our rest is just our time, it’s easier for him to steal it from us, and furthermore, steal from God.
We are not only to take a day off for rest and time with God, but all of our time belongs to God, and we are managers of it. At the beginning of the day we should go to God and ask God what we should do with the time we have and how we should do it. We’ll save a lot of time. As Paul said, “redeem the time.” We’re taking back the time that belongs to us and to God. We’ll spend our time wisely, focused on God’s plan and purpose for our lives and not our just own.
ACT OF FAITH
Taking a day off can be an act of faith. Limiting the hours we work in a day Instead of wearing ourselves out through exhaustion, our rest is an act of faith that God will do what we can’t do by our own strength, ability and resources. Let’s put our faith into action, trust God, and take some time to REST.
Let’s spend time with Jesus, who is here to give us life. In a relationship with Jesus we recognize the tactics of the enemy. Jesus told us to take authority over the enemy, so that’s one thing that we need to do. Just as in anything we do, we operate in Jesus’ name. We are thankful that He came to GIVE us LIFE and more ABUNDANTLY.
Acts 3:19 “…times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord”