You have a reason for being on earth! The original commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve is still valid for today. Here is that commandment
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis 1:27-28 (KJV)
Your destiny is to be fruitful, multiply, subdue, and take dominion over the earth. Unfortunately, we lost the power and authority to carry out our destiny when we chose to live our life the way we wanted instead of following God’s way. But God has not forgotten this command just because our ancestors were escorted out of the garden. A version of the same command was given to Noah after the flood.
Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.” Genesis 8:15-17 (NIV)
Satan Is Trying to Steal From You
The original plan and purpose for us has not been abandoned. So how do we do this? The key is what Jesus did because of his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. One of the things Jesus accomplished was to retrieve the authority and power that we needed to fulfill this command. So this sets up a battle for your destiny.
One of Satan’s primary jobs is to keep you from obtaining your destiny. Because when you do, you take back all his ill-gotten property from him for the kingdom of God. He knows you can do it if you wake up to the fact of who you are in God.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
To keep this from happening, Satan convinces you with lies that you will never get to your destiny. This article addresses some of those lies. These lies get us to accept a life less than what God wants for us. It is a very subtle trap because we realize things are not right, but we never realize the great destiny we are giving up because they never materialize.
God wants you to Prosper
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2 (NKJV)
Prosperity is walking with Holy Spirit to accomplish all you were created to do and to inherit.
Another way of saying it is, Prosperity is having enough of whatever you need to do God’s will for your life. This includes money, time, friends, or other resources needed to carry out God’s will for your life.
Ephesians 4:28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
Lie #1 – Hopelessness
Have you ever said something like this, “It’s never going to get better”, “I guess we are destined to just survive“, “God doesn’t want to do this for me”, “it was not realistic”, “it was too good to be true”
“The greatest battle is not between who you are and what you used to be, but between who you are and what you can be” – Tony Miller
If we give into these thoughts then Satan has you. It’s like a great big bear trap, you aren’t dead, but you aren’t going to move very far either! Most of the body of Christ is in bear traps and calling it normal! Poverty occurs when the “god of this world” causes you to forget God’s ability in the midst of your circumstance.
You know you are being lied to when you don’t realize you are even in a war.
You always have hope if you run to God and say I need some encouragement!
There is indeed a future, and your hope will never be cut off. Proverbs 23:18 (GW)
We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Now he holds the honored position—the one next to God the Father on the heavenly throne. Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don’t become tired and give up. Hebrews 12:2-3 (GW)
Lie #2 – Thinking Discipline from God is the Devil
Hebrews 12:4-12 says that God disciplines those he loves so that we can become more like him. Not every pressure is from the enemy.
God brings discipline to properly position you for a future purpose and promise.
God brings pressure to train you into your skill, grow your character, and bring purity. You need this to be the bride of Christ.
God is on your side! Stay close to him when pressure increases. He only has your best at heart.
Lie #3 – This Is Good Enough
In Numbers 13, 10 out of 12 spies who went into the land said that the riches were not worth it when they saw who, the tall giants, they would have to battle, and the tall wall they would have to scale (Jericho). They would rather stay in the hot desert drinking water & eating manna, then go into a green land and have a full banquet. Only two eventually went in. This is living for good enough.
The Devil will offer you many things to keep you from the will of God. They are often good but not His will!. Beware of seduction. Know your purpose.
Lie #4 – I Will Never Overcome this Sin
The devil wants to discourage you however he can.
Yes, it is discouraging when you don’t have victory over sin. But the Cross frees you not just from the PENALTY of sin but the POWER of sin. We are no longer slaves to sin (Romans 6:6-7).
You can make progress and gain authority over the sin in your life. Here are some action steps to help you.
Realize Goals of Sin
Before you enter into a battle, it’s smart to know why you’re fighting. The primary aim of sin is two-fold:
1. to break relationship with God;
2. to steal, kill, and destroy you (John 10:10).
So how do I overcome sin? Here are some steps that will help.
1. Confess your sins quickly and every time (1 John 1:9).
2. Ask Holy Spirit for Help Continually (Romans 6:18).
3. Rebuke the Temptation (James 4:7-8)
4. Rest in Him for Strength to Overcome – Don’t Try to ‘Gut’ it Out (Philippians 4:13)
5. Ask for a way out when Tempted (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Set Yourself Up for Victory by
6. Loving the Right Things and Avoiding the places and patterns where you know you are tempted (1 Peter 5:8)
A key to beating sin is loving something good more than we love our sin.
7. Read the Bible about promises that are opposite of the sin and meditate on them (Psalms 199:11)
Don’t give up, stay close to Holy Spirit, and you will keep from getting robbed!