“Satan has desired to have you…” Luke 22:31 KJV
This verse shouldn’t surprise any of us who follow Jesus. Satan despises all who have put their trust in the work of the cross. He loathes us, tries to diminish us in the eyes of those around us, yet, in reality, doesn’t have what it takes to defeat us!
He is presently sifting the righteous, foolishly attempting to separate us from our faith and future. He has many of us with heads down and worried hearts. He sees us as a wearied fighter, with arms hanging down, wide open to the last fatal blow.
But he doesn’t know how God moves his people from their suffering and creates amazing victory through the process. But it often begins with suffering and we’re living in an environment of suffering right now.
Yet suffering can get us from hurt to hope. That very real time of suffering can move us from here to where God intends for us to be. And here’s how it works (according to Romans 5:3-5 from the ESV translation):
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know
that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient.
And patience develops strength of character in us and
helps us trust God more each time we use it until
finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.”
Write this down and keep it close: trials produce patience; patience produces strength of character; this in turn produces trust until finally…faith and hope are the environment of our lives!
Face the facts:
- Satan wants to conquer you
- It’s an honor that he wants you out of the story
- God’s purpose is to strengthen you, not give you over to the enemy
- God is constantly praying for your spiritual success
- And when you’re strengthened and full of hope… God has a multitude of people who need your life and testimony!
The suffering you are now enduring is actually an anointing for a coming assignment that isn’t even on your calendar yet! Someone in your future is going to need your song of victory.
“Thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that he is our Father
and the source of all mercy and comfort. For he gives us comfort
in our trials so that we in turn may be able to give the same sort
of strong sympathy to others in theirs.”
II Corinthians 1:5 Phillips Translation