I have heard it said that the enemy is not attempting to just ruin your day, he is trying to ruin your destiny. I am not sure if your experience has been like mine, but I suspect it has. It seems like every time I feel there is a significant move in my spiritual life, the adversary begins to work even more. Someone shared a Joyce Meyer quote with me recently that I think fits the scenario, “a new level, a new devil”. Why is that the case? Why does it seem the enemy works harder when we are moving closer to the place God desires in our life? I think there are a few common reasons that this happens. If we are aware of these things, it will help us overcome the resistance that we are experiencing in our lives.
To Keep Us From Things We Cannot See
I mentioned earlier that he is trying to ruin your destiny. He is trying to keep you from things you are not even aware of at the moment. There are things that God has prepared for you that you do not even have the ability to comprehend at the moment. We are reminded in 1 Corinthians 2:9 “That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” ” Satan desires to keep you from the things God has prepared for you and when your spirit is stirred, you become more aware of the direction He has for your life and therefore more opposition is needed.
To Disrupt Things We Can See
Think about the things God is already doing in your life. You very well may be operating in a very favored place that is exactly where God wants you to be and doing what God wants you to do. When you are in “the zone” as some athletes call it, one of the worst things that can happen is to have that disrupted. Disruption to our work keeps us from being as fruitful as we possibly could. Satan will use every tool possible just to slow things down. Disruption is just a tool to get you to look somewhere else.
To Distract Us With Things We Should Not See
Distraction has the ability to cause destruction. If we get our eyes focused on unnecessary things, it will take our eyes off of the most important things. Distraction has caused accidents, lack of productivity and missed information, among other things. Distraction is a great force. Our eyes on things unnecessary will hinder us from the things that are. In the modern day of technology, there are more opportunities than ever to be distracted.
If you feel you are experiencing spiritual resistance more than normal, be encouraged. It usually means God is also at work and you are listening. Just as the enemy offers us resistance, we have the power through God to resist him as well. Offer your own resistance and keep moving forward.