He is patient. He prefers sooner than later but he will wait so long as he gets what he wants. He will take your life now or trim time off at the end. A slow death is still a win, it just takes more work. If he can’t take it now he will teach us to abuse it so it eventually becomes less effective and even useless.
His purpose is threefold, to steal, kill and destroy.
Steal – take, remove or rob.
Kill – stop, eliminate or end.
Destroy – leave no memory of, no recollection of or of no influence.
This applies to our . . .
Pick one. Pick two. He has. He has our numbers and he knows our weaknesses and plans to take full advantage of our handicaps. He never plays fair but always to win.
His strategy has been revealed. He hopes we will forget it or ignore it but if it has to do with taking, stopping or eliminating our influence, count on it; he is all in and involved.
He wants to destroy our influence to the point there is no memory or history of us. If he can’t destroy, he will settle for a kill that has limited memory associated with it. If killing isn’t an option, he will accept thievery. He will take what is ours, especially if we choose not to use a gift or a talent.
He is on the prowl seeking whom he may devour. He is real and plays for keeps. “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:12)
We must know our enemy. And it is not us! It is not each other. It is him!
Jesus is a giver not a taker. He redeems, makes new and reconciles. His plans are to give life abundantly.
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10)
Make no mistake about; there are two plans for our lives. One for evil, the other for good. Be aware. Be alert. Be prepared. And be on guard against the schemes and strategies of the enemy.
We are at war and we are the ultimate prizes. We are the desired trophies and the reason for bragging rights. A price has been paid for our lives. Don’t let it be stolen, killed or destroyed. Our lives are far too valuable to be wasted.