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You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (NASB)
Are you aware that we are all engaged in an unseen battle? Ephesians 6:10-13 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” (NASB)
Yes, beloved, we are engaged in a battle with a formidable foe, whether we acknowledge it or not. The Scriptures tell us the devil is continually scheming. They tell us the demons are not flesh and blood, but are forces of darkness and spiritual forces of wickedness. BUT
1 John 4:4 brings us such hope (certain expectation!). It states we are from God, and we have overcome them. (Hallelujah!) When Jesus cried out of the cross, “It is finished,” (John 19:30) He secured our salvation. After His death and resurrection His redeeming work of accomplishing our salvation was completed, and He sat down at the right hand of God. He overcame death and the devil. Until He returns, though, we must remember we are in a battle. In his book, The Invisible War, Chip Ingram states that “We don’t fight FOR victory, we fight FROM victory.” But fight we must!
Do not be blindsided by Satan’s attacks, put on your spiritual armor and stand firm. When the battle rages do not fight in the flesh, as you are not fighting flesh and blood. Fight with the Word of God and prayer. Quote Scripture out loud. Claim your victory in Him. Turn on worship music and sing His praises.
Never forget: If you belong to Him:
YOU’RE AN OVERCOMER!!
What about you?
Do you find yourself ignoring the fact that you are in a battle?
Do you find yourself fearing Satan more than you trust your victorious Savior?
Have you tried quoting the Word of God and singing God’s praises in order to ward off the attacks of the evil one?
Would you like more information on how to stand firm?