In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
April 21 & 22, 2007 – The Enemy’s Objectives – Ephesians 6:12
How does our Enemy operate? Dr. Stanley believes he has four primary objectives in interrupting God’s work in our lives.
First, Satan wants us to doubt God’s Word. If he can get you doubting just a little bit, then he’s secured a foothold in your life. In Genesis 3:1, this is how he confronted Eve in the Garden. The serpent planted a seed of doubt in her mind. And the results were catastrophic for all mankind!
Second, Satan tries to distract us from spiritual matters. He wants us focused on earthly, temporary outlets. It sometimes seems as if the Enemy uses every television, cell phone, and computer to change our focus from the Word to things with no eternal value.
Third, the enemy works to disable us from the Lord’s service. Satan will do anything to prevent you from making an impact for Christ. Think about all the popular Christian leaders who have fallen away. Their sinful deeds were made public. And the spiritual work they had done was discredited. The Devil rejoices at this and considers it a great success.
Fourth, Satan wants to destroy us physically. One of his most effective tactics involves attacking our bodies. Sickness, addictions, stress, and obesity can consume a person’s entire life. The Devil would much prefer that you focus on your body, not spiritual things.
Satan wants you to be useless in your daily battles. He’s looking for ways to destroy you. But don’t let him! Keep your spiritual eyes open. Watch for the Enemy’s skillful, devious attacks. And most importantly, depend on God’s Spirit.
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