The Antichrist Has a Plan for You

by APC on March 29, 2018

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (Daniel 7:25, KJV).

A Tool of Destruction

The antichrist’s plan, as stated in Scripture, is to wear out the Saints of God. The spirit of the antichrist has been present in this world for thousands of years, but as we approach the end time, that spirit is growing stronger in the world. The stress-level we all feel can be attributed to his workings.

But, God’s said those who know Him will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32). We can be destroyed by stress due to lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Stress is a tool of our enemy. It affects our wellbeing and can severely impact our health, and can be in the genes we pass on to our children. We’re warned in the last days how life would cause men’s hearts to fail them for fear (Luke 21:26). We must understand the Word of God and know we can have peace, joy, and abundant life instead of stress, worry, fear, or anxiety.

Four Solutions for Defeating the Plan

Learn What You Cannot Control and Quite Stressing Over it

The things we stress over today won’t stress us out tomorrow. In the grand scheme of life, stressing doesn’t matter—it’s not worth it! To be knowledgeable, we need to predetermine our hearts and minds in how we’ll approach and react to situations. Scripture tells us we can know and proclaim today is the day the Lord’s made, and we can choose to rejoice in it (Psalms 118:24). We can make the decision that people, places, events, etc. will not ruin our day. We can (and should) be flexible to what comes our way, and trust God has it all under control.

Learn How to Control Your Thought Life

We can control what we think about; we don’t have to think about negative things. Paul admonished the church to think on things that were true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praise-worthy (Philippians 4:8). We’re told elsewhere in Scripture to think on the Word of God throughout the day (Psalms 1:2); His law is our delight (Psalms 119:143–144). Paul experienced great tribulation in his life, but he never stressed out over it. At one point, he told his captors: I think myself happy (Acts 26:2). Even in prison, he found opportunity to praise the Lord (Acts 16:24–34).

In nature, weeds grow automatically. If we’re not intentional about our thought-life, the same thing will happen in our mind. The Holy Ghost will teach us all things and to bring us peace (John 14:26–27). We can be troubled on every side, but not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed (II Corinthians 4:7–9)! God’s presence changes everything.

Learn to Trust God

In life, we can’t do anything without God (John 15:25), so why do we try? When we worry about something, especially our future, we’re not putting our trust in the One who has it all under control. Scripture tells us all things are purposed for good to those who are obedient to God (Romans 8:28). We must trust in Him and not our own thoughts or our own ways (Proverbs 3:5–6).

Jesus proved His true love for us on Calvary when He gave His life. Therefore, He tells any who are burdened to come to Him and He will give them rest (Matthew 11:28–29). He tells us never to worry or stress out about anything; go to Him and tell Him what we need (Philippians 4:6). He wants to help; He’s there to help. Let’s learn to trust Him to work out His perfect plan in our life. Once we learn to trust in Him, we don’t need to worry about a thing!

Learn to Praise the Lord

A heart that’s praising and thanking the Lord is beneficial to God and to us, but a broken, worrisome spirit will dry out our bones (Proverbs 17:22). Scripture admonishes us to praise the Lord with our whole heart (Psalms 111:1). If we praise Him with all our heart, there won’t be room to do anything else—especially worry! And, there’s no better place to worship and praise the Lord than in the church. It’s when we’re with the Body of Christ, we can exhort and encourage one another as we see the day of the Lord approaching—and the time when the spirit of antichrist will be cast down (Hebrews 10:25).

The Plan Overthrown

Jesus showed the ultimate stress in the garden before the crucifixion. He sweat great drops of blood that fell into the ground (Luke 22:44). Every pain Jesus felt was for our every, specific worry. His blood was for the remission of our sins, stripes for our healing, and the crown of thorns for the chastisement of our peace (Isaiah 53:4–5). He faced the cross so we could have knowledge and understanding (instruction) on how to live a life stress-free.

He paid it all. He endured it all. And, even though the antichrist has a plan to bear us down with stress, Jesus overthrew that plan on Calvary. Don’t let the plan of the antichrist come to fruition in your life. Lean on Jesus and don’t worry.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on March 28, 2018 with Pastor Melder