Title: Satanic Attempts To Terminate Divine Destinies – Part II
Text: John 10:10, Jer. 29:11, 3 John 2
[Joh 10:10] The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
[Jer 29:11] For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
[3Jn 1:2] Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
- God has big plans for you.
- The plan of God for you is that you will have life and have it more abundantly.
- The plan of God for you is that you will have an expected end.
- The plan of God for you is that you will prosper in all things, in health, and in your soul.
- So, God has big plans for you. As a result, you are a carrier of divine destiny.
- That destiny is part of the purpose for which you were created.
- However, the devil also has a plan for you.
- John 10:10 – His plan is to steal, kill, and destroy whatever God has for you.
[1Pe 5:8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
As a result, there is a satanic attempt to terminate your divine destiny.
The bigger your destiny, the more he will attempt to come after you.
If you find yourself in the midst of a war you did not ask for, it is because God has great plans for you.
Protecting Divine Destinies
- In order to protect what God has for you, you must live within His rules
- The Bible is God’s rule for us on how to achieve the divine destiny that He has for us
- God’s laws are good for us
- God’s commandments are for our good.
- There is nothing from God that is meant for evil against us
- To protect your destiny from being truncated, abide by what the Lord says in His Word
- As long as you abide by His Word, the roaring lion cannot get you.
There are two ways that the enemy will try to terminate our destinies
- Internal (self) destruction through temptations
- External Forces
Temptations will come
Adam and Eve – Gen 3:1-7
Jesus’ Temptations – Matt. 4:1-11
Joseph – Gen. 39:7-12
- Samson –
- Judas Iscariot –
Part II – External Forces
Joseph – Gen. 37:12-30
- God had great plans for Joseph.
- The devil also had great plans for Joseph
- Joseph and his brothers
- The conspiracy against Joseph was by his blood brothers
- Joseph went out looking for their well being….while they are looking for his downfall
- The plan of the devil was to use the brothers to cut short the divine destiny upon Joseph.
- The brothers hated Joseph so much, they never thought that Joseph will be their deliverer
- Your conspirators will surface through those that are close to you
- Don’t expect it to be some strangers that you never met….it is those that you know
- The brothers did not know the plan of God, neither did they know the plan of the devil
- If the brothers had succeeded in terminating the life of Joseph, their own destinies would have being terminated
- They did not realize that their destinies were connected to that of Joseph.
- Never conspire against anyone. That conspiracy could be against your own destiny.
- The plan of God was to use Joseph to deliver Israel
- God’s plan was for Joseph to deliver the brothers from famine
- The devil’s plan was to use the brothers to kill Joseph so that in turn they destroy themselves – I pray you will not be your own enemy.
- If Joseph had not being in Egypt, the brothers would have perished in the great famine
- Joseph’s destiny was to be the preserver of the Israelites (the 12 tribes), as Jesus’ destiny was to be our deliverer. As such Joseph was termed a “type”, a “simile” of Jesus.
- Factors that aided Joseph in fulfilling his destiny
- Joseph trusted in God –
- [Gen 39:2] The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
[Gen 39:21] But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
The LORD will surely be with those that trust in Him.
- [2Sa 22:31] As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
- Joseph feared God..therefore he did not compromise his ways when temptation came
- [Gen 39:9] There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
- Joseph forgave the brothers, realizing that they pushed him to his Divine destiny.
- [Gen 45:5] But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
- [Gen 45:6] For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
[Gen 45:7] And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
[Gen 45:8] So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
- As a result, Joseph fulfilled his destiny
- The people around Joseph were used to catapult him to his destiny – the same people the devil used to try to destroy his destiny.
- Never be jealous of your brethren, it is an attempt of the enemy to derail God’s plan for your life.
- Walk the path of God for your own life and destiny.
- The path you are taking to your destiny may not be rosy, but trust in God and he will see you through.
- The same people the enemy is using to frustrate your destiny will be the one that God will use to take you to your expected end.
- Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
- Jesus – When Jesus was born, and the wise men came to Herod, the devil used Herod to try to kill baby Jesus.
- Moses – When Moses was born, the devil used Pharaoh to kill all male child of the Israelite’s. Moses escaped.
- David – the lion, the bear, Goliath, Absalom, and many others were used to try to terminate his destiny. He survived them all.
- Daniel – the lion’s den experience was an attempt to terminate his destiny. He was victorious.
- Peter – Jesus had to pray for him. He denied Christ three times. His destiny was to start the church. He almost lost it.
- Mad man of Gadarene – after he was delivered, he became an evangelist for 10 cities
- If the enemy made attempts on these ones, he will make an attempt for you
Keys to Fulfilling Divine Destinies
- Get to know God’s Word
- Put all your trust in God by abiding in His Word
- Fear God and don’t compromise your faith and your ways
- Pray at all times
- Resist the devil – no matter how enticing his offer is, the end will always be a disaster
- God has great plans for you. Unfortunately, so does the adversary
- The greater the plan of God, the more the adversary will come after you
- Put those keys to use and you will have an expected end.