May 24, 2013
Oct 22 - Cindy Jacobs
In recent days, there has been increased attack by the enemy on the body of Christ. The wake of this assault carries waves of hopelessness, despair and destruction. Truly, Satan is making a no-holds barred attempt to shipwreck the believers who are doing great damage to his kingdom. As the borders he has held are pushed further and further back and more ground is claimed in the name of Jesus, there are many devices used to try to completely sink the ship of vision God has given to individuals and ministries.
The Bible says in Revelation 12:12 that the devil has come down with great wrath because he knows his time is short. There is intense demonic activity trying to stop God’s intercessors from praying prayers which lead to harvest.
It is going to take strong faith and renewed courage to obtain the promises of God in the coming days. Through the blood of the Lamb, we must be able to place the helmet of salvation securely over our minds to be able to resist the enemy’s lies of discouragement and despair.
Here are some of the ways Satan tries to shipwreck God’s children:
1. Winds of adversity - The enemy cannot afford truly effectual praying sent against his kingdom so he tries to block it through financial blockages, international conspiracies and physical infirmities. He sends satanic empowerment into the smallest situations to use them to blow us off course. Many find themselves “over-reacting” to situations because of the devil’s energizing of stressful times.
2. Rocks of crisis - These are hidden outcroppings that damage the credibility of ministries. Crises will often reveal spiritual regression. Some kind of crisis usually hits everyone at one point or the other. What you do at this point will determine whether you are permanently shipwrecked or not. Perhaps you’ve been hurt in a church situation and find yourself becoming critical of the pastor and withdrawing. Maybe you’ve had a breech with a sibling or other brother or sister in the Lord. these things stunt your spiritual growth, and you will be crippled or shipwrecked until you forgive and follow through with repentance, restoration and sometimes, restitution.
3. False navigational readings - Distress pulls us off the prayer assignments set for us by the Lord. The emotional stress of the moment stops us from praying for nations and minimizes our personal devotion times because we re not able to “stay on course” with our prayer assignments in the midst of crisis. Now I know this happens to everyone occasionally, but it is time to take a new reading of the prayer targets given us by the Lord and get back on course.
4. Infiltration to produce mutiny - The enemy tries to infiltrate our thinking to doubt God or to render us ineffective. When this happens we are actually in mutiny to our Captain. Ed Silvoso says satan builds strongholds right alongside our strengths where we can’t see them. For instance, Satan will tell those with a great strength in the area of humility that acknowledging God’s call would be prideful. The devil sits on our shoulder and says, “Who do you think you are to take that position?” Another case is those who are very pastoral will not confront sin because they might “hurt” the people they confront. Their gift of mercy is actually producing mutiny because they won’t deal with wrong situations. Their strength has become a stronghold.
Refuse to give up! Has God given you promises either through scripture or prophecy or while listening to a sermon? It is time to dust off these promises, put your feet on the rock of Jesus Christ and believe God for a breakthrough. Don’t compromise your destiny in Christ because of Satan’s fiery darts. God’s Word promises us we will reap if we do not faint. Go back to the place of shipwreck and determine to make a new start with the declaration, “Satan, you will not win. I refuse to be shipwrecked and give up!”