Satan wants to steal your VOICE.
Satan wants to steal your INFLUENCE.
Satan wants to steal your EFFECTIVENESS.
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.”
It’s real. You are in a battle, whether you want to be or not. Not only does Satan want to stop you because you are a child of God; but he also wants to annihilate you to try to stop your voice, your influence, and your effectiveness in the kingdom of God. He doesn’t have to win. We can recognize his devices and overcome him through the name of Jesus.
Your voice is what you use to speak God’s Word, to share your testimony, and to create life around you. Satan works to get you to silence yourself through guilt, shame, and fear.
Your influence is the sphere of people around you that you minister to. Satan works to keep you withdrawn to keep you from touching another life for Jesus.
Your effectiveness is your strength to produce. Satan works to wear you down so you are unable or unwilling to put forth the effort to make change.
For the next several weeks I want to share ways that Satan tries to steal your voice, your influence and your effectiveness. In addition, I will also expose truth that will help to set you free from His attempts to stop you. You can overcome! Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. Here is the first one:
How Does Satan Try to Steal From You?
One way Satan tries to steal your voice, influence, and effectiveness is by damaging your reputation. If you fail by giving into temptation, you bring a reproach on yourself and on Christ. You make a mockery of the cross and the message of victory in Christ; therefore, Satan is out to tempt you, trap you, and torture you. Failure may try to push you backwards, but it cannot stop you. It’s the guilt, shame, and fear that come with failure that can cause you to silence your voice, withdrawal your influence, and withhold your effectiveness. Satan doesn’t just try to stop you; he tries to get you to stop yourself. However, God is bigger than your failure, and God is able to take what Satan meant for evil and turn it around for His good.
The Gospel message is still the Gospel message
The Gospel message is about our need for forgiveness and a Savior’s mercy to save us. The message we share isn’t about our perfection; it’s about God’s grace. It isn’t about our performance; it’s about God’s love. Jesus didn’t just come to complete us by reconciling us in position with God; Jesus also came to begin a process of restoration and transforming, continually working to make us whole. Just because we’re born again doesn’t mean we will never fail again, especially when we have an enemy who knows our weaknesses. If we preach the Gospel, we also should be able to received the Gospel.
Can our failure bring pain to us and to others? Yes.
Can our failure cause someone to turn away from our message? Yes.
Does failure have an effect on our witness? Absolutely.
While we try not to fail; however, if we do fail, we have an advocate – someone who is working on our behalf to lead us to freedom. His name is Jesus (I John 1:9). If He loved you enough to die for you, then you can be confident Jesus loves you enough to lift you up when you fall. Jesus will never give up on you, no matter how far you’ve fallen (Hebrews 13:5). God is not against you; God is for you (Romans 8:31).
God chooses to use failures so His goodness can be seen
I Corinthians 1:26-31
1. The first point to be made is that we’ve all failed. No one is perfect.
2. The second point to be made is that God chooses those who have repented from their failure because He can work through someone who is humble. God cannot work through someone who is proud and self-sufficient, which includes the rebellious and the religious. He works through those with reliant faith.
3. The third point to be made is that God can display His love and grace to a dying and hurting world when they see restoration in a life that has been broken. We’re here to shine His light, to reflect His glory, not our own.
When we are aware of Satan’s devices, we can avoid them. We also have power over him in the name of Jesus. We don’t have to fail – we can win! Even if you may feel liked you’ve missed your target; you can give God your life and make a difference in someone else’s life. Let God continue to use you as He sees fit. His grace is still amazing. His joy is still unspeakable. His peace is still passes our understanding. With a humble heart to help hurting people, God can give volume to your voice, expand your influence, and increase your effectiveness. See what a big God will do through you!