Your assignment will reveal your enemy.
Kingdom Marketplace Empowerment
Friday, December 8 and December 15, 2017
Lifecoach Brad Keller
When your assignment is awakened within you, your adversary is awakened against you – Nehemiah 2:10,19
“When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official[c] heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.” Verse 10
“ But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?” Verse 19
Demons are not omnipresent.
They cannot be everywhere simultaneously.
They receive geographical assignments.
When you feel satanic influence is usually when you are operating in your assignment.
Get excited if you sense demonic activity – as satan is anticipating a miracle arriving at your house and he is attempting to break your focus and abort your faith.
The enemy to your prophetic word is usually your own mind – the way that you used to think!
Someone once said that the enemy is not out there but the enemy is in you!
Some thoughts on enemies:
- There will be enemiesto your advancement.
Life is 50% better if you just realize there are going to be problems. There will be enemiesthat try to oppose you and resist you in your advancement in the Kingdom of God. If you haven’t read Ezra 4:4-5 lately you should. Satan does hire people to frustrate your purpose!
- Enemiescreate movement in your life.
If you never had a problem you would never look for a solution. It is the obstacles and opposition of your life that move you to another level. When you get sick and tired of being sick and tired you go looking for answers.
- Your friends create comfort in your life.
Friends teach you what you want to know – enemiesteach you what you need to know. Friends don’t test your character – your enemiesdo. David was wrongly accused and Saul became an enemy. Being a fugitive from Saul’s sword taught David character – it became the training ground for David to eventually become the king.
Your training ground for being a leader in the Kingdom can often mean years of difficult, unfair treatment. David was forced to flee Saul and was tested to see if he would take things into his own hands. David understood that despite the fact that Saul was wrong in what he was doing, it was not his right to remove Saul from power. This was an amazing character trait of David that few leaders understand or live by.
- Every time the enemywants to kill your purpose he puts someone in your life to accomplish that.
Every time God wants to establish purpose in your life He puts someone in your life to accomplish that.
Your relationships will either cultivate a Kingdom culture or destroy that culture.
The relationships that God brings into your life is for the purpose of getting something supplied to you (see Ephesians 4:16 –from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love).
It is only in your “joinings” that something gets supplied!
The enemy works in your life with the opposite principle – if you have more “joinings” that are taking something out of your life – you will be depleted!
Leaders – discern why someone comes into your life!
- Never forget that the enemyof your soul is after your faith!
He is not after your house (he doesn’t need a place to live), he is not after your car (he doesn’t need transportation) – he is not after your stuff (what would he do with it anyway)! What he is after is your faith! Your faith is what PRODUCES a life that accomplishes HIS purpose (see Hebrews 11:6)!
Have you allowed the enemy to steal your faith?
- You don’t have to be ignorant of your enemy. – 2 Corinthians 2:11 – “Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
no reason for us to be ignorant of his devices because they are shown us in the Word.
But we are slow to recognize them.
So we are not “ignorant” in the sense of not knowing, we are ignorant because we ignore such things.
Ignore is the root word of ignorant.
Please don’t ignore something in God’s Word, especially a device of the enemy.
“Devices” of the adversary are those things that are contrived and devised for your defeat.
It could be a constant memory of the past – it could be a negative “word” spoken to you as a 12 year old and you still can hear it in your mind or it could be a feeling that you are never good enough.
“Takes advantage” is where one person defrauds another for the purpose of their gain.
They “take advantage” of you.
Usually it doesn’t take long for us to realize that another person has taken advantage of us – we learn it by experience.
It is the same with this principle – it doesn’t take long for you to realize where the enemy takes advantage of your soul.
If it is happening over and over again, “Why are you allowing it?”
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
7. The enemy uses three devices to take advantage: (1) arguments, (2) high things, and (3) thoughts.
These three things are fashioned together to form strongholds of the adversary. Being ignorant of them will cause you to never confront them for what they are!
“Arguments” are those things in your mind designed by the enemy to wear you down by constantly pushing the replay button where you rehearse that thought over and over again till you are drained mentally.
Ever had someone argue with you and by the end of the conversation you were mentally drained?
That person wore you out by arguing with you cause they are good at.
The enemy is like that. Don’t be ignorant of that device.
“High things” are those things that are put in your mind that are positioned higher than Jesus!
It is called Idolatry!
The enemy wants you to put your girlfriend or boyfriend higher than Jesus in your life.
He wants to put your possessions higher than Christ.
Anything in your mind that is higher than Christ is a device of the enemy.
Don’t be ignorant of it.
The word “thought” that is mentioned here in this passage is the same word as translated devices in chapter 2—they are thoughts that have malignant purpose.
They are thoughts of evil design.
They are not just passing thoughts, in the sense that a person says, “You know, I thought about you the other day.”
A thought that comes against the will of God, a thought that comes against why you should worship God, a thought that comes against a brother or sister in the Lord that uncovers them – are all thoughts of malignant purpose.
That helps us get a handle on the word “device”.
It is a destructive term.
So when we speak of the thoughts that need to be confronted and cut down, when we speak of the devices of the devil, they are specific things that have malignant designs.
You can defeat what the adversary has devised against you – by the power of the Blood of Jesus!
The way you confront those things:
1) don’t be ignorant of them (that is half the battle cause once you know how the enemy operates you know how to defeat him);
2) recognize that the plans of the enemy will not prosper against you (Isaiah 54:17),
3) cast down in the Name of Jesus those things that have been made strongholds – example “Lord, I cast down this thought that I am not good enough because You say that I am made in Your image”!
Refusing to walk in ignorance ..
You cannot live in an enemy free environment.