1. Failing to Understand Your Purpose
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
If you are going to discover how God wants to use your life and work, you must know why you were created. If you start trying to determine your purpose in life before understanding why you were created, you will inevitably get hung up on the things you do as the basis for fulfillment in your life, which will only lead to frustration and disappointment.
Realize God has made you uniquely you. There is no one like you on earth. You were created for an assignment on this earth. First to know Him, then to reflect His glory in what you do.
2. Failing to Understand the Rules of War
Both Satan and God want you dead, but each for different reasons.
God desires to kill your old man
For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you.
2 Cor 4:11-12
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Satan desires to kill your destiny
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8-9
Satan’s strategy was to kill Jesus and us:
“And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.” Rev 12:4-5
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Ephesians 6:12
Realize you are in a spiritual battle and use your authority to overcome
3. Sin within you becomes the open door for the enemy
Jesus had no sin in his life. “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” — John 14:29-31
We must realize Satan is a legalist. He has a legal right to sift you if there is any sin in your life. Sometimes there are open doors in our life that must be closed. An open door is a place where you allowed Satan to meet a need in your life instead of God. Or it can be a wound in your life that has never been healed.
4 Living by Principles Alone
Americans love programs and systems to do things. We participate in 12-step programs and read books with guaranteed formulas to help us lose weight or improve our marriages. This programmed teaching can be beneficial. It gives people a track to run on. Let’s face it, if the whole world lived on Christian principles, we would definitely have a better world. However, it is important to recognize that the root of this type of teaching comes largely from a Greek-based system for attaining knowledge, as compared to the Early Church Hebraic model of experiential learning.
The Hebrews preferred to learn wisdom through obedience, not through reason and analysis. Teachers taught their students more by modeling life experience than by conveying information, and the students had a process-oriented way of learning that appealed to the heart and resulted in the active participation of the disciple. The Hebraic style relied on the personal touch of a leader as a facilitator. It enabled believers in the Early Church to become doers of the Word, not hearers or learners only. The end result of the Early-Church instruction was an active, mature love that motivated the believers to serve others.
5 Failure to recognize the impact of childhood shame,emotional, physical abuse
In order to become an effective friend of God and friend to those we are close to, we must learn to be vulnerable and develop an ability to share feelings from our heart. It is a vital step to becoming a real person with whom others can connect with emotionally. This is not easy to do if your parents did not teach you to share your emotional life with others as was the case with myself.
6 Failure to Live as a son or daughter of your Heavenly Father “You are My Son”
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’”(Romans 8:15-16 ).
We are to live as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. And it is important that we know we are sons and daughters