When we know better, we do and comprehend better. Up until fairly recently, I would say, I was on assignment. That God had given me, you, all Christians an assignment to complete.
How many times as a Christian have you said, you want to complete your assignment? Or, God has given you an assignment? I even recently did a whole podcast on being assigned and being on assignment for God!
I have, however, learned better. We don't have an assignment to complete but a purpose to fulfill.
And everything God does, Satan copies.
I thank God for my theological training, but I have of late been spending an inordinate amount of time studying the ways of our forever enemy - Satan. That great dragon of old, the prince of the power of the air, the god of this world, Diabolos, the devil. His title is the devil, but his name is Satan.
Jesus called him "the Adversary" and this Adversary, Satan "assigns" demons (principalities) to people, cities, communities, even nations.
And depending upon God's purpose for your life and mine (i,e., the impact you will have for God and the Kingdom) will determine the number of or type of principality or demon(s) the god of this world (Satan) assigns to you and me.
There is an old saying, "higher levels bring bigger devils." That in reality is true. If you or I pose little to no threat to Satan and his program of evil, we will get little to no resistance. However, if our purpose is to strike a blow or blows in a meaningful way to his plans, we can expect him to blow back through opposition, by way of demonic activity which is certain to come against us.
As elected and appointed leaders, we should always be on guard for attack because of the great influence we have over people and resources in the seats of power - the world systems of politics and government.
And attacks will come in various ways - attacks against our mind so that we are unable to think clearly and make sound decisions; attacks against our family to get to us; surprise attack from people in the community, or stepped up attacks from known enemies. Attacks against our or loved ones' health. Unusual and intense temptation, either sexual or in the area of money or illicit financial gain. Attacks against our marriage, finances - always hitting us where it hurts - emotionally or physically.
If a man or woman is having great impact and it is obvious God has purposed them for great impact and they are enjoying financial and professional success - and, it appears everything they touch turns to gold? Take my advice, do not ever wish you were they. EVER.
You see their public glory but you have no idea of their private story of pain and anguish. And in this world, sooner or later, no matter how Christian we are, much success invariably will bring much pain in some form or the other. As sure as day follows night this is true.
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 16:9 - "For a great door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries." For every great door God opens, on the other side will be great opposition.
The bigger our purpose, the more powerful the principality Diablos is going to assign to you and me.
Don't ever aspire to be "big." Aspire to be what God has purposed you to be and let that be sufficient. Because if God has purposed you for it, He already knows and has equipped you for it. He will equip us but we must always remember to dress for battle. And know that you can't fight your battle wearing someone else's clothes.
David learned this before he went out to fight Goliath. When Saul dressed David in his clothes, David soon shed them because he couldn't fight his battle wearing Saul's garments (1 Samuel 17:38).
Neither will you or I be able to fight our battles clothed in someone else's garments of title, position or influence. God has dressed us (equipped us) internally for the internal and external battles He knows we will face.
God sends us out to fulfill the purpose for which we were born. As did Jesus who sent out his disciples and commands of us to "go."
We have been sent by God filled with possibilities and purpose. God sends. Satan assigns. Remember this. And the same person God sends, Satan will sometimes twist their mind and trick them so that they have no idea they have been co-opted by him.
This is what happened to Peter when he spoke up and tried to talk Jesus out of going to the cross (Mark 8:33). To which, Jesus openly rebuked him but instead of Peter, Jesus called him "Satan" because Jesus knew it was Satan speaking through Peter.
Satan is no joke. He plays for keeps and doesn't fight fair. That's why we must always pray and seek God.
Don't ever say you have been assigned to anything or anybody. Jesus, scripture says, "sent" out disciples and we never read where he "assigned" disciples to do anything. He doesn't today. He sends. "Go, He tells us, into all the world..." Not, "I am assigning you to go..."
It is as simple and as complicated as this - God sent His son, Jesus. Satan assigned his son to Jesus - Judas. And as people of God we, like Jesus, have been sent.
But walk in the awareness that someone too has been assigned to you.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.