Finally, the Devil wants to deflect you and me from accomplishing the will of God by frustrating God’s will for our lives.
Satan even tried to frustrate the accomplishment of God’s will in Jesus’s life. God the Father’s will for His son was the Cross, but, in the wilderness temptation the devil tried to get Jesus to take the easy way. Satan also used one of Jesus’s own disciples to try to turn him away from the cross (Matthew 16:21-22). Imagine Peter rebuking Jesus, trying to tell him where he was wrong.
Only Satan could have thought of an attack this bold. Jesus knew who was behind it, because he told Peter, get behind me, Satan
(Matthew 16:23). Jesus was saying, get behind me Devil. I have to go to the cross. Peter, Satan is using you, one of my children, to stop me from doing my Father’s will.
If satan wasn’t afraid to try to turn Jesus away from God’s will in going to the cross, do you think he will leave us alone?
Of course not. As a matter of fact, Jesus went on to say in this same passage, if anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24).
Satan tried to get Jesus to focus on the suffering, of the cross and thus to avoid it. Our enemy will do the same to us. Let’s face it.
The cross does involve suffering. It’s an instrument of death. Bearing my cross means I am willing to identify publicly with Jesus Christ and accept anything that goes with that identification.
Taking up the cross, means I will bear the scars of being identified with Christ.
You say, but that can be hard. Only if you don’t see the resurrection that follows crucifixion. Ask any Olympic athlete if it’s hard preparing for the games. Ask him or her if there is any pain or suffering involved in four years of training. But then ask the winner of an Olympic gold medal how it feels to stand on that platform and receive that medal.
He or she will tell you all the pain and hardship was worth it. You and I are going to experience some tough times in following Christ. But when we step onto the winner’s stand and receive the crown from Jesus Christ, we will say, it was worth it. Don’t let satan deceive and distract you from accomplishing God’s will.