When God is about to do something big in or through our lives, there is a real enemy who will try and come against it. I once heard someone put it this way, “God has defeated the enemy, but the greatest way the enemy can get to God is to stop one of His kids from fulfilling His purpose for them.” The enemy can see when we are growing closer to God and the enemy can see when God is aligning things for victory in our lives or when God is aligning us in a position to be used by Him to let Him bring victory into the lives of others.
God’s plans are to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us hope and a future. God’s plans are to work all things for our good and turn what the enemy meant as harm to us to be used for good. God’s plans are for us to come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved. God’s plans are for us to share Him with others and bring glory to Him.
The enemy does not like any of it and will do anything to stop God’s plans for us. The Bible says the enemy comes only to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. We have to be on our guard with an awareness that as we are pressing forward in God’s will for us, we will face opposition. I have experienced this time and time again in my own life, and right before I have experienced the greatest growth or breakthrough, I faced a tremendous amount of opposition.
Don’t be afraid of this opposition because God is with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. His word says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) Keep enduring, keep pressing forward. Breakthrough is coming! Victory is near!
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy ; nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19)
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10-11)
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)