I think it’s important for us to understand that the devil has a game plan. He is working hard every day to try to derail our success. In fact, the Bible states in 2 Corinthians 2:11, “in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” The good news is that God has made us knowledgeable of the enemy’s tactics through His word. Today, I want to expose the devils three step strategy to defeat God’s people.

He tries to get you to give up! The devil will use the challenges of life to try to discourage you. He will always point to some disappointment, mistake, or obstacle in your life to tempt you to throw in the towel. Paul said it best in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Always remember, a blessing delayed is not a blessing denied. Don’t you dare give up!

He tries to burn you out! Without exception, you and I are limited resources. Therefore, we need to guard ourselves against burnout. What is burnout? In my opinion, burnout is a state of exhaustion where our since of enjoyment has been depleted. As a result, we begin to lose interest in things. So if you feel overwhelmed and/or overcommitted in your life right now take Jesus’ advice found in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” If you want to prevent burnout, let Jesus help you manage your schedule.

He tries to get you to do things out of season. I’m a firm believer that timing is a critical component to personal success. This is why the Bible states in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” How long is too long? When should we make our next move? Don’t allow impatience and bad timing to cause you to miss out on God given opportunities. Refuse to grow impatient, continue to work hard, and trust in God’s timing.

Yes, the devil has a game plan to destroy our lives. He wants us to give up, burn out, or do things out of season. But, we don’t have to fall for his tactics. All we have to do is lean and depend on God.

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Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.