The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life. – John 10:10
We all know the devil is our enemy and he works relentlessly against our happiness, long life, prosperity and basically everything good, but is that really all he is after?
A lady who once had an encounter with Jesus made us understand that the heartbeat of Jesus is souls. The salvation of the souls of mankind is what He lives for and died for. However, just as much as Jesus wants all souls saved, the devil wants all souls destroyed, he aims to steal, kill and destroy our eternal life. Hence, the battle lies soul in soul winning. This is why Jesus said in Matthew 16:26 that even the entire world cannot be compared to one single soul.
As the prince of this world, the devil has the power to give just about anything on earth, so much so that he even tempted our Lord Jesus with this (Matthew 4:8-9). He gives riches, joy, peace, even children. However, he only agrees to give all these in exchange for souls. We have heard of this in alleged stories of some popular people.
Now as Christians we face multiple challenges daily NOT because our God loves hardship, but because the devil is trying his best to frustrate us out of our salvation, into sinful lives and eternal death. Yes he is extremely wicked and is a joy killer, but what he actually cares about the most is our souls. He is so desperate for this that he can even begin to bestow blessings upon a Christian just to gain that soul for himself.
If satan sees that the particular ‘blessing’ a Christian clamours for will draw him nearer to God, and will make him win more souls for Christ, he will do everything he can to stop that person from having them. If however he sees they will turn such person away from God, he will be willing to give even more than they need. Solomon’s many wives might have seemed a blessing at first, but they ended up being his downfall (1 Kings 11:3), and Pharaoh was made ruler over all of Egypt only so he would drown at sea and be a sorry example. (Exodus 9:16)
However, thankfully, Proverbs 10:22 teaches us to discern the blessings from God, it says: “The blessings of the Lord makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it”. Elyon’s blessings won’t take all your time and turn into a god to you, and they certainly won’t lead you to hell! Satan’s blessings also make rich but will always end up in eternal sorrow. Just as you feed the cows to be slaughtered the most food, in the same way the devil nourishes his people on earth also till slaughter day.
In conclusion, I suggest we pay more attention to our souls, and let God alone determine what blessings we receive. For with Him: “all things work together for good”, to give us an “expected end” of eternal life. By all means continue to pray for the good things of this life, only let us “ask according to His will, and he will hear us”.
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