Satan’s Plan to Sabotage Your Destiny

by | Feb 7, 2019 | Spiritual Warfare

“For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Cor. 16:9).

I recently spent some time in reflection after celebrating 12 years of pastoral ministry. One of the greatest joys of ministry has been watching Christians answer God’s call on their lives. The greatest sorrow has been when they don’t.

As a pastor, I’ve lost count the number of Christians I have witnessed almost answer their call, almost use their gifts and talents to build the kingdom and almost fulfill their destiny. Watching this play out is truly one of the heartbreaks of ministry, and for the person who falls into the enemy’s trap, the pain and regret are unbearable.

Satan hates it when believers are about to step into their destiny. He will use anything to try to stop it: fear, condemnation, insecurity, temptation, doubt, sin, comfort and so on.

Here is the typical scenario:

  • God opens a huge door of ministry opportunity in a believer’s life.
  • As the believer’s foot is about to cross the ministry threshold, right on cue, the enemy attacks.
  • The believer succumbs to the attack by believing the lies of the enemy.
  • Sabotage: door blocked and call successfully thwarted!

It is no surprise that the enemy will try to steal a believer’s destiny; it is guaranteed. It’s part of Satan’s job description (John 10:10). The real surprise for me, however, is how many believers fall prey to it.

Here are four steps to foil Satan’s plan to steal your destiny:

  1. Don’t be caught unaware and think the enemy will leave you alone. He won’t. Be on the offense, knowing the enemy will attack God’s purposes for your life. Expect it.
  2. Watch what you are thinking about. The enemy will inject lies into your mind about why you can’t run through the door of opportunity. Cast down these lies and speak God’s Word. Pick up your weapons and fight!
  3. Determine to step through the door of opportunity with confidence in the Lord. Get alone with the Lord, empty yourself of pride, fear, doubt, condemnation, sin and so on, and ask God to fill you to overflowing with His Spirit.
  4. Run through the door God has opened for you! Don’t tiptoe, stagger or hold onto the doorpost for dear life. But run through with everything in you, as if souls depend upon it, because they do!

Jamie Morgan is lead pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Williamstown, New Jersey. She graduated with her master of arts in practical theology from Oral Roberts University and is pursuing her doctor of ministry at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Jamie is the author of A Journey to Ministry: Discover Your Calling, Purpose, and Destiny.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Charisma Highlights: Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Charisma Highlights: Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Following are snippets of the top stories posted on charismamag.com over the past week. We encourage you to visit the links to read the stories in full. Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven? Is it possible that behind the pearly gates of heaven there are...

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude With Your family This Thanksgiving

10 Ways to Practice Gratitude With Your family This Thanksgiving

This month we are entering a season which, in the United States, has been devoted to gratitude and thanksgiving for 400 years! While the Thanksgiving holiday has had a long and varied history within the United States, the practice of devoting sacrificial offerings,...

Don’t Let Ungratefulness Turn You Into a Spoiled American

Don’t Let Ungratefulness Turn You Into a Spoiled American

My frequent trips to developing nations always help me adjust my attitude. Just when I start to feel spoiled and entitled, I meet people from places like Congo, India and Honduras—and I realize just how blessed I am. This happened to me again last week during a trip...

The Power of Being Thankful

The Power of Being Thankful

One of the best ways to show God we love Him is to be thankful. When we express our deep gratitude to Him, it actually invites His presence onto our lives. Being thankful also neutralizes the enemy and brings victory into our situations no matter what the outcome....

Get Off Your Pew!

Get Off Your Pew!

As God’s clock inches closer to the final hour before His return, many people find themselves filled with angst, anxiety and despair. People are not sleeping well, many have fallen into depression and are feeling hopeless. These are the very days that we have been...

The Great Commission Can Set Us Free from Responsibility

The Great Commission Can Set Us Free from Responsibility

Read Time: 4 Minutes 28 Seconds While all of the stories we read in the Torah are meaningful, sometimes the events we read about can seem to hold more relevance, especially for those of us who are followers of Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah. One such event is the calling...

RECENT ARTICLES

The Church’s Role in Preserving Freedom of Speech in America

Read Time: 3 Minutes 17 Seconds The controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving and his post of a tweet that claims the Jews in Israel are not the real Jews—that Black Africans are the real Jews—raises...
Count Your Blessings, For God Indeed is Good

Count Your Blessings, For God Indeed is Good

Read Time: 4 Minutes 42 Seconds Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away for U.S. Americans. It is a favorite holiday—perhaps only exceeded by Christmas—to gather with family and friends to watch parades, play (American) “football” and eat delicious food—often from...

Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

Is Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Heaven?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFbfS03JkKY&t=1s Read Time: 3 Minutes, 10 Seconds Is it possible that behind the pearly gates of heaven there are murderers, pedophiles and cannibals walking along the streets of gold? We are taught in the book of Romans, "That if...

Pin It on Pinterest