Sometimes in life, you will face discouragement. You will toil, work hard, give your best, and after doing all that, you may not get the result you wanted. After pouring your heart and soul into whatever you are doing, someone can make you feel unappreciated or of little value or worth.
In moments like these, Satan may whisper this thought: is it really worth the effort?
If you dwell on this question too long, you may feel like packing everything up and walking away. I want you to recognize that accomplishing God’s purpose in this life will come with some bumps and bruises. There will be disappointments, betrayals, misunderstandings, and frustrations in the process, but stay in the fight. It won’t be easy but it is all worth it.
There is no greater impact you will have or greater joy you will find than accomplishing God’s will for your life. Whether that’s in your family, your career, or your ministry there is no greater fulfillment. This is why you were created and this is what Satan is trying to keep you from. Let these words encourage you:
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day, for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
You Can Overcome Satan’s Schemes
The Bible encourages us to be aware of the devil’s devices or schemes. The truth is he has a plan and a strategy. However, the truth also is that in Christ you can win and overcome all of his schemes. When Satan attacks, and he will, then gear up, fight back, and remember two things:
- You are more than a conqueror, and
- the Holy Spirit who is in you, is greater than Satan who is in the world.
He will attack. But by God’s grace and strength, you will fight back and you will win.
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