Being a child of God does not imply a battle-free existence. In fact, it guarantees a life of multiple-fold attacks and challenges of all sorts. I was tempted to go belly up recently when I felt I was under series of attacks, until I realized that I signed up for battle when I chose to become God’s child.
I am God’s child and a joint heir with Christ. God, the Holy Spirit indwells me. Even if I do not see myself as God does, the enemy considers me a major threat to his set-up and he will come at me as though I am a threat, regardless of how I think or act. As God’s child, even if you see yourself as a grasshopper and behave as one, the enemy does not, and he will come at you as though you are a significant, because you are, even if unaware. His intention is to destroy or at least silence you, if you let him.
Just as he came after Jesus Christ, be rest assured the enemy will come after you, with full intentions of bringing you down or keeping you down by all means and at all costs, because of who and whose you are and because of the damage you can cause. Perhaps this explains the persistent problems, challenges, temptations many of us are facing.
It is not only the enemy that sees us as God’s children, if we are. God does, obviously. He sees us as redeemed people. He sees us as people with delegated authority on this planet and in our various domains. God will not do for you what He has given you the power and authority to do. That is why He did not stop the enemy from deceiving Eve. Adam had the God-given responsibility to protect his wife and future generations and God will not overstep his own boundaries.
If the enemy is coming at you with malevolence and intensity worthy of God’s Child, why deal with him or with your challenges as an ordinary human being? He does not see you as ordinary, and the principles of warfare demand that you deal with your enemies according to their potential and not just how they appear.
The enemy will invest his best against you, he will not have mercy and will not let up. You had better accept your lot as God’s child and everything it implies and think and act accordingly.
Being God’s child on this planet is an inconvenient identity to have. Like a good Father, God the Almighty will not handle what He has equipped me for. It took the ultimate sacrifice to equip me, you, us, and he declared, “It is finished.” The enemy will also not deal with me as though I have not been equipped. He will deal with me 24/7 as though I have the God-given ability to disrupt his operations on this planet. So, what shall we do? How shall we live?
The truth is, as God’s children, God sees us as more than conquerors. He has given us access to wisdom and power that is far greater than the enemy’s and He expects us to use it. Why not just step into God’s expectations of me, since it also dictates my enemy’s assessment of my potential, which determine the intensity of attacks? Why not use everything God has provided for me since the enemy only succeeds when I function beneath my capabilities in Christ? Is there any other way to keep the enemy on the run?