Your enemy…the enemy doesn’t want to kill you. He doesn’t want you to die.
He relishes your pain. He enjoys your suffering and lashing out at God. He loves to hear you complain. His desire is for you to wish death upon yourself. Even more than that, he longs for you to be despondent, miserable, depressed and despairing.
When you’re miserable you’re quiet. There’s no praise, no prayer resulting in no power – because you don’t feel like there’s any point in praying! You’ve played perfectly into his hands. Quiet and distant is the first of many plans he has for you. Will you fall for it?
He longs to render us ineffective and uncaring about anything except our own misery.
When we’re depressed and totally consumed by unfavorable circumstances we’ve no energy to lift anyone else up. I mean, why would we? We can’t do anything for ourselves, why would we even attempt to help someone else?
The enemy knows where our source of power is; WHO our source of power is and he knows when we feel cheated, mistreated, broken down and low down, the first place we’re likely to turn is away from our Father. That’s what he’s after – his ultimate goal is to get us to turn from God.
He wants us to live like we’re dead with no joy, no faith and a bushel of doubt. Don’t tell anyone about what God has done for us – because it’s discounted considering all the suffering and hardship we’ve endured…that’s what the enemy wants. Joyless, bitter, disgruntled, dissatisfied believers so nobody wants the Jesus we have. Nobody wants to listen, much less come to church. His ultimate goal (since he can’t have our soul) is to render us useless for God. He can kill our joy, make us doubt our faith ultimately causing us to have no effect or impact in the world around us.
No, the enemy doesn’t want us dead…he wants to live like we’re dead.