A LIFE LIVED ON ASSIGNMENT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT TO THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS
Our text is found in the book of Mark chapter 4:35ff
“That same day, after it grew dark, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” Leaving the crowd behind, the disciples got into the boat in which Jesus was already sitting, and they took him with them. Other boats sailed with them. Suddenly, as they were crossing the lake, a ferocious storm arose, with violent winds and waves that were crashing into the boat until it was nearly swamped. So they shook him awake, saying, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are all about to die!” Fully awake, he rebuked the storm and shouted to the sea, “Hush! Be still!” All at once the wind stopped howling and the water became perfectly calm.”
Mark 4:35-37, 39 TPT
Everything Jesus did while here on this earth He did on purpose and with intentionality. He live a life on Assignment. When Jesus said to His disciples, “let’s go to the other side of the lake”, it was intentionally, strategically and deliberately on assignment.
“Jesus regularly made statements like this:
“We have to go on to the surrounding villages so that I can share my message with the people there, for that is my mission.”
Mark 1:38 TPT
Jesus lived a life on assignment – even when He gave His life to be crucified- it was intentionally on assignment.
In fact, He always saw people in far away places His disciples were unaware about – and determined to reach them no matter what.
He saw the woman at the well and said – “I must go!”
He wanted to return to a place where His enemies wanted to stone Him – and one of his disciples remarked – “let’s go die with him!” But Jesus was not worried about that – because it was there He would declare – “I am the resurrection and the life – Lazarus – come out!”
It is no surprise that Jesus would tell His disciples- “Let’s go to the other side of the lake. See… He saw someone that His disciples couldn’t see. And His Assignment was to set that one free.
HE WAS ON ASSIGNMENT!
He saw a man bound in shackles
He saw a man bound by demons
He saw a man out of his right mind
And He was determined to set him free
It does not surprise me much that there arose a ferocious storm. I hope I don’t have to waste a lot of time trying to convince you that the forces behind the storm was much more darker and demonic than just a normal weather system.
Jesus and His disciples were about to enter a region possessed of the devil and the devil did not like that.
A LIFE LIVED ON PURPOSE IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT TO THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS
Someone once said,
“Dogs don’t bark at parked cars.”
As soon as you start living your life on assignment the devil will start yapping.
The Scripture says,
“Suddenly, as they were crossing the lake, a ferocious storm arose, with violent winds and waves that were crashing into the boat until it was nearly swamped.”
Why does the enemy attack us?
Someone wrote to other day – “the enemy’s attack is proof that I am anointed.” That’s funny… the enemy doesn’t attack you because you’re anointed. If you’re were really anointed- he wouldn’t be attacking you. But I get it… I understand the sentiment.
Sometimes we tell ourselves, “oh the devil attacks us because he just hates our guts.” Well, he hates us alright, but he’s not attacking because of that. He hates us but there is absolutely nothing he can do about it. He has already gotten over it.
He knows – no weapon formed will prosper
He knows- nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus
He knows you’re covered… he knows you’re more that a conqueror… he knows you’ve crossed over from being susceptible to his attack.
His attack is not about you – it’s about the assignment. That’s why a life lived on assignment is the greatest threat to the kingdom of darkness. That’s why we are attacked by the enemy. It’s not about you – it’s about the purposes, the plan, and the destiny God has placed on your life.
The enemy attacks you-to hinder or stop you from fulfilling your assignment.
What’s the Assignment?
“Go instead and find the lost sheep. And as you go, preach this message: ‘Heaven’s kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch.’ You must continually bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick, and make it your habit to break off the demonic presence from people, and raise the dead back to life. Freely you have received the power of the kingdom, so freely release it to others.”
Matthew 10:6-8 TPT
The greater the Assignment- the greater to attacks
““I tell you this timeless truth: The person who follows me in faith, believing in me, will do the same mighty miracles that I do—even greater miracles than these because I go to be with my Father!”
John 14:12 TPT
You’re destined to do big things. You’re carrying a heavenly anointed assignment from God Himself. But the enemy is not threatened by people with just a great assignment, he is threatened by people who are living their lives on assignment.
It is no wonder why the enemy is so relentless in his attacks. He wants to stop you from fulfilling the call on your life. So, I encourage you to keep pressing, pushing, persevering. Don’t let him stop you.
Live your life on assignment!