Today’s devotional, re-posted from the General’s International website, discusses some things that can cause our lives to be shipwrecked and gives steps to get up and get moving again.
“In recent days, there has been an increase of spiritual attacks on the body of Christ. The wake of this assault carries waves of hopelessness, despair and destruction. Truly, Satan is making a no-holds barred attempt to shipwreck the believers who are doing great damage to his kingdom, using many devices to try and completely sink the ship of vision God has given to individuals and ministries.
The Bible says in Revelation 12:12 that the devil has come down with great wrath because he knows his time is short. There is intense demonic activity trying to stop God’s intercessors from praying the prayers which lead to harvest.
It is going to take strong faith and renewed courage to obtain the promises of God in the coming days. Through the blood of the Lamb, we must be able to place the helmet of salvation securely over our minds to be able to resist the enemy’s lies of discouragement and despair.
Here are some of the ways Satan tries to shipwreck God’s children:
1. Winds of adversity: The enemy cannot afford truly effectual prayers sent against his kingdom, so he tries to block them through financial blockages, international conspiracies and physical infirmities. He sends satanic empowerment into the smallest situations in an attempt to blow us off course. Many find themselves overreacting to situations because the devil attempts to energize stressful times.
2. Rocks of crisis: These are hidden outcroppings that damage the credibility of ministries. Crises will often reveal spiritual regression. Some kind of crisis usually hits everyone at one point or the other. What you do at this point will determine whether you are permanently shipwrecked or not. Perhaps you’ve been hurt in a church situation and find yourself becoming critical of the pastor and withdrawing. Maybe you’ve had a breech within your family—either your natural or spiritual family. These things can stunt your spiritual growth, and you will be crippled or shipwrecked until you forgive and follow through with repentance, restoration and sometimes, restitution.
3. False navigational readings: Distress pulls us off the prayer assignments set for us by the Lord. The emotional stress of the moment stops us from praying for nations and minimizes our personal devotion times because we’re not able to “stay on course” with our prayer assignments in the midst of crisis. Now I know this happens to everyone occasionally, but it is time to take a new reading of the prayer targets given us by the Lord and get back on course.
4. Infiltration to produce mutiny: The enemy tries to infiltrate our thinking to cause us to doubt God or to render us ineffective. When this happens we are actually in mutiny to our Captain. Ed Silvoso says Satan builds strongholds right alongside our strengths where we can’t see them. For instance, Satan will tell those with a great strength in the area of humility that acknowledging God’s call would be prideful. The devil sits on our shoulder and says, “Who do you think you are to take that position?” Another example is with those who are very pastoral who will not confront sin because they might “hurt” the people they confront. Their gift of mercy is actually producing mutiny because they won’t deal with wrong situations. Their strength has become a stronghold.
If you find yourself in a situation where you feel shipwrecked, what can you do? For starters, refuse to give up! Your circumstances may be painful or uncomfortable, but they do not have to define you or be the end of you.
Has God given you promises either through scripture, prophecy, or while listening to a sermon? It is time to dust off these promises, put your feet on the rock of Jesus Christ and believe God for a breakthrough. Begin to declare what the word of God says, even if you don’t see it becoming reality yet.
Ask a trusted friend or spiritual leader to stand with you in prayer. It is never good for us to try and live out our faith in isolation, but we are especially vulnerable when we feel shipwrecked. We need someone who can speak truth back to us when we are struggling to believe it for ourselves.
Sometimes, as we try to recover, we can find ourselves very weary. It is wisdom to make space and time for rest; God wants to refresh and restore your soul, so you can keep moving forward. Just as our physical bodies require rest in order to heal, so do our hearts and spirits.
Don’t compromise your destiny in Christ because of Satan’s fiery darts. God’s Word promises us we will reap if we do not faint. Go back to the place of shipwreck and determine to make a new start with this declaration:
The devil will not win. I refuse to be shipwrecked and give up! God, I trust that You are for me and that nothing will separate me from Your perfect love! Through the blood of Jesus, I am more than a conqueror. What the enemy meant for my harm, God will work together for my good and the good of His kingdom. Amen!
(c) 2015 Cindy Jacobs, Generals International Used with Permission shipwrecked