1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
God has a purpose for our Christian life which is His intention for our life and an assignment or work to do (Ephesians 2:10). Purpose is one of the reasons we’ve been given grace for and what we are gifted for (2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Peter 4:10). It is something discovered by us not decided by us (Jeremiah 1:5; Ephesians 1:4). God assigned our purpose and will reveal it to us (Galatians 1:15, 16).
The Bible also declares that we have an adversary to our walk and to our purpose in the earth (1 Peter 5:8,9). Satan often exploits our weaknesses to distract us from our assignment or to stop our assignment. Everyone has weaknesses and it is the entry point for demonic spirits to manipulate, exploit, and control.
A weakness can stem from an illegitimate need (wrong desire) or a legitimate need (right desire) we seek to meet in an illegitimate way. God is always faithful to reveal our weaknesses to us before they can be exploited Luke 22; 31, 32.
Our enemy will work to increase or strengthen a personal weakness God is trying to remove from our life. He will use our weakness to bond us with wrong people and to separate us from right people. Wrong people or people we give a higher place of influence to than what they should have, can breathe life into our weaknesses. He will seek to bond us inordinately (in excess or beyond rightful boundaries) to an unhealthy relationship that feeds a weakness in us like he did Samson.
In Judges 16, Delilah breathed strength into Samson’s weakness. Samson did not need to get involved with many women to break his vow of consecration by cutting his hair, it only took one. It only required one wrong person to destroy his future. Every relationship will feed either a weakness or a strength in us. We have a tendency to only discern demons and pay very little attention to the people he can use. Knowing our purpose in life can help us make determinations as to the relationships you allow in your life. Good relationships support and add fuel to the assignment of God in our life or the works we are called to do.
A weakness can emerge at any time in our life, including our closing years. The late Dr. Lester Sumrall said, “What you fail to master in your early years, will master you in your latter years.” One of the most sobering verses in the Bible is 2 Samuel 1:21 where it tells us that King Saul at the end of his life died as one that had not been anointed. The Bible exhorts us to take drastic measures to remove all that is in our life that offends Matthew 5:29, 30. Don’t put up with what you should not tolerate and don’t tolerate what you should not put up with. Romans 6:15 says, “What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law but under grace? God forbid.” Let it not be, let it never be said, and by no means ever permit sin even once in a while or a little bit.