The spiritual war we face is very real. The enemies of the church are constantly working day and night to try to hinder God’s work. It’s extremely critical that we remain focused and vigilant so that we can catch them before they have the opportunity to do lasting damage to our purpose and life in Christ. In this post, we’re going to take a look at 5 of Satan’s goals against the church.
All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Satan Desires To Keep You From Revelation Of The Word
“And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
– Mark 4:15
Have you ever had moments during reading the Bible that you completely forget what you’ve just read? That’s no accident. The enemy is very deliberate in trying to get us to forget and lose the Words of God that we have just received. The reason for that is because the Word of God is what will change us and transform our lives.
If the enemy can keep us from receiving and believing in the Word, then we will never be able to truly grow. Protect your mind when learning from the Word and take as many notes as you have to. Meditate on the Word and focus on getting quality out of the Bible instead of reading for quantity.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”
– John 10:10
Make no mistake, our enemies are working tirelessly for our demise. They want to steal God’s Word from us, kill our destiny, and destroy our relationship with God. Resist them!
He Tries To Withhold Us From Our Work
“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat”
– Luke 22:31
When the Bible makes mention of “sift you as wheat,” it’s referring to the process that was used in ancient times to remove the chaff from the wheat kernel. This was done by throwing the wheat into the air. The kernels (which were heavier) would fall and land into the basket. The chaff, which was lighter, would blow away in the wind.
The above scripture is used to say that Satan was to blow Christian off their course so that they’d be useless to God. However, when we diligently pray and read the Word then the enemy cannot do that to us. Protect your heart and mind and don’t forget the call that God has put over your life.
“You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.“
– Galatians 5:7-8
Whenever your work for God is being hindered, it’s not God that is doing that to you. The enemy doesn’t want you to reach your full potential in Christ because he knows that if you do, you will save many people and change many lives.
Satan Wants To Distract Your Worship
“Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.“
– Matthew 4:10
There are many times when I’ve heard people testify that when they attempt to pray or worship they become distracted. Either their mind wanders off or their phone begins buzzing for the first time that day. There’s no coincidence in that. The enemy knows exactly what he’s doing by doing this.
He does not want you to connect with God. There’s power in praise, worship, gratitude, and thanksgiving. It takes your mind off of yourself and onto God. The enemy hates this because he wants us to be caught up in our own selfish thoughts and ways.
When you being to pray or worship, take extra measures to help you ensure the least amount of distractions. Put your phone on silent. If you’re distracted by a dirty house, be sure to clean first. Find the things that get you off track and correct those things first. Show God that you mean business!
The Enemy Will Push Immorality And Wickedness
“Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
– 1 Corinthians 7:5
The Bible warns about couples withholding from each other because the enemy will come in and try to tempt one another with lusts. Before that can happen, be sure to fulfill the needs of one another. However, the enemy is not limited to just this one area. He’s always looking and seeking for an opportunity to swoop in and make a Christian fall off track.
Be alert and pay attention to what’s going on around you. Don’t allow the enemy any foothold to come in and cause havoc.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
– 2 Peter 5:8
Satan’s Ultimate Goal Is To Stop God’s Work From Being Done Through His People
“Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.”
– 1 Thessalonians 2:18
The above scripture clearly shows that the enemy works to hinder the people of God and stop what they are trying to do. That’s his main goal. If you get saved but remain ineffective for the Kingdom of God, then you won’t be much of a bother to Satan. He’s mainly concerned about those Christians who are making headway in the Kingdom by saving others and spreading the gospel of Christ.
I’ve heard it said before that if you’re under attack by the enemy, then that means you’re doing something right for God. Puny weak Christians are no threat to the kingdom of darkness. In fact, uneducated Christians can actually help push the agenda of the antichrist by being deceived and spreading lies to other believers.
Do not just believe someone because they claim to be a Christian. Always back up everything you hear and read by comparing it to the Word of God, consulting the Holy Spirit, and finding what Jesus had to say about the topic. The Bible says that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The same God in the Old Testament was manifested in the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, it’s important to read the entire Bible to get the full picture.
“Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.”
– Daniel 10:12-13
There’s a spiritual war going on, both on earth and in the heavenly places. Understand that our prayers do work, but that it can take some time to see an answer manifested in our physical life. Just because you cannot see results yet does not mean that they are not on their way. Even when it seems God is silent, keep praying and pressing for results. God is faithful and will always be there for His children.
I pray that this article was helpful to you. Satan’s goals against the church are not limited to the ones listed above, but those are some primary desires that he has for Christians. As believers in Christ, we all have to fight in this spiritual war. Either we will fight back and win through the Holy Spirit of God or we will be overtaken and thrown by the wayside.
Satan’s goals against the church will not gain any headway if we are to continue learning the Word of God and meditating it, applying it in our everyday lives, and teaching others along that way. Never give up or give in.
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.“
– Matthew 19:26