The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 KJV)
I was on the verge of destruction until Jesus rescued me. Satan tried by all means to steal the Word that regenerated me. He tried to steal my joy and dreams. He used distractions to choke my calling. In all, I was bewitched with the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. I was about to be pushed off the cliff by the destroyer when my Restorer came to my rescue. Hallelujah!
The ultimate goal of the devil is to destroy your destiny. And this goal, he plans and executes methodically and subtly. From our text and my shared experience, the pecking order of the devil’s hatched plan is – To Steal – To Kill – To Destroy.
He begins by stealing the Word that’s sown in your heart or distracts you from receiving the Word of Grace. The parable of the sower amply illustrates his stealing strategy. He steals the Word by blindfolding you to the light of the gospel; distracting you with the cares and lustful pleasures of this world; and choking the Word with persecutions and tribulations.
When the Word is stolen, he gains access to kill your joy and strength. He does it by making you believe you can trust in your skills, intellect, riches and strength. The Bible says, “ Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength…(Jer.17:5)
The Bible in two separate passages stated that, “ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov.14:12;16:25)
To be wise in your own eyes is a recipe for disaster and destruction. The wiseman said there’s more hope for a fool than him. (Prov.26:12) The Prophet Isaiah declared this: “ Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” (Isaiah 5:21)
At this stage, he succeeds in taking ones eyes and heart from God and you become defenseless. And if you still don’t receive the mercy of God, your destiny and everything you’ve got may be destroyed. The parable of the rich fool in Luke 12, is a classical example of a man who allowed the devil to deceive him to believe that he could live prosperously without God. The devil destroyed his destiny at the peak of his supposed “self-made success.”
The good news is that we’re no longer ignorant of the devil’s devices or methodologies and more-so, the Son of God was manifested to destroy all the works of satan. If the Son of God has destroyed all his works, then we must acknowledge and follow His leadership to remain victorious.
Therefore, I implore you to follow these steps to preserve your glorious destiny.
1. Give no room to the devil. Until you give him room, he has no place to operate.
2. Yield to the Spirit of Grace, which begins by being born of the Spirit.
3. Give full attention to the Word through studies and meditations.
4. Watch and pray to stay spiritually sensitive and to overcome temptations and trails.
5. Stay in fellowship with the saints for encouragement, exhortation and establishment in the faith.
Your destiny shall be preserved and it shall blossom.
To your abundant life,