The Enemy’s #1 Trick For Destroying Your Destiny (It’s not what you think!)
I believe God has a plan and a purpose for all of our lives. I also believe the devil is looking for ways to stop this plan. It’s been this way since the beginning of time. In the Garden of Eden God had a plan for Adam and Eve. The devil also had a plan.
I’ve learned over the years that Satan is sly and stealthy. He’s not as obvious as we think he is. He’s looking for ways to get us off track in our lives. No one is exempt from this temptation. Even Jesus was faced with this temptation.
When Jesus was first baptized and commissioned into ministry he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where he was tested by the devil. While he was there he was tempted on three different occasions by the enemy. The most interesting part is that the devil wasn’t trying to tempt him to commit blatant sin, but to take a shortcut. Let’s pick up at this story in the book of Luke:
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
God’s plan for Jesus’ life involved great blessing and authority. He was to be used greatly by his Father and in greater ways than any other person in the history of humanity, but His plan also involved great pain and sacrifice. Unfortunately, there were no shortcuts to God’s plan for him.
These verses say that the enemy showed Jesus in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. The devil was offering Jesus instant gratification, rather than sacrifice. In other words, the devil was offering Jesus a shortcut to his destiny without personal sacrifice or pain.
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It’s easy to look for shortcuts in life. I’ve learned over the years there’s no such thing as an overnight success. I’ve also learned there are no shortcuts in life, especially to anything of significance.
The enemy’s greatest ploy in life is to get you to take a shortcut or to distract you. He knows he can’t trip most Christians up with blatant and obvious sin, but he’s really good at offering you an easier way or a shortcut.
The most interesting part of shortcuts is that they look easier in the beginning but they often lead us to places we were never intended to be in.
Never settle for short term ease of life at the expense of long term significance. It’s never worth it!
I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir