We can all agree that life has its ups and downs. There are times when it’s hard just to take another breath, and other times when our biggest concern is not being stuck in traffic, trying to get to work on time. What about those days when you seem to be battling an invisible force that wants to get the best out of you? What if you actually were?
Often times, we can’t fight because we fail to recognize who our enemy is. We take a blow here and there, turn around a bit dizzy and point the finger at the wrong enemy: our children, our friends, our spouse, our co-workers…
The Battle Ahead
It might not be popular nowadays to believe in spiritual forces, but the Bible is clear about what we face. “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood.” (Ephesians 6:12) Our enemy is not one of those around us.
Our enemy is the one that only cares “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” (John 10:10) The Bible teaches us that our enemy is real, and he’s after us. I’m not saying this so that you would be afraid or begin to expect this enemy everywhere. I am here to tell you that there is all the power you need, readily available, when you turn to God with your battles. He knows how to win them.
Jesus: All Time Hero
Jesus is not a Hollywood-like, satin caped super hero who comes to save the day. He is God in human form who shed His blood, His life for us, saving mankind from themselves and the devil. Here are three promises of victory from what Jesus accomplished:
- When he died on the cross, Jesus sent a final blow to the kingdom of darkness. He “disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Col 2:15) If I had to imagine the scene, I’d see demons retreating like wounded animals, wobbling away scared and defeated.
- Scripture also tells us about Jesus, that “through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:14-15) This sounds like freedom to me!
- “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14) Now THAT is Good News! Jesus delivered us; it Is already done!
Today, I invite you to choose to have a different outlook on your day. Don’t look at it from a standpoint of defeat. Know who you are. Know who you are standing with. This is war, honey. Let go of the lies of the real enemy, and put on the full armor of God. (Look below for resource.) Then go on, bold and courageous, and live the abundant life of Christ in you.
Prayer: Father, we come to You with our battles today. We lay them down at Your feet. Help us recognize that we don’t wrestle against people, but against evil forces. Help us love people, and bring all our struggles to You. Help us understand what You have done for us. May we embrace Your truth. You said “if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36). May this be our reality. Give us a new outlook on life. Reveal yourself to us. Help us walk with you daily. Amen.
Here is a resource to help you dig deeper. Priscilla Shirer, the author, is a world class Bible teacher and conference speaker. In the Armor of God study, you learn to pick up your spiritual weapons, pray to your victory, and grasp your God-given identity as child of the Most High King. This study is definitely a life-changer.
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