‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ Ephesians 6:12
As people who have been redeemed by the grace of Jesus, we fight a daily battle against Satan, the enemy who wants to drag us away from God and will do anything he can to achieve this.
Personally I am fully aware of my sin and usually struggle, as all around me the world thinks differently. The media portrays many types of sin as essential for having fun, cheapens God’s values and anything that originally was pure or good is mocked vehemently by most of society. People around us can bring us down, with the words they say and the lack of respect they often have towards God. Even our thoughts let us down consistently…
Satan is the one that can make us feel guilty, scared, useless, dirty, abused or full of sorrow, whenever we feel like we’ve messed up (again) and if we let ourselves believe him.
But we have someone, who is stronger and more pure than Satan will ever be … God!
So whatever we’re going through, whatever trials we face, whatever lies we keep on hearing, both in our minds and around us, we have Him to help us.
Anything that hinders us he will help us conquer; in a situation where we’re flung in the deep, he will provide a way out for us (1 Corinthians 10:13); he’s given us weaponry and armour to fight the good fight (Ephesians 6:10-20); we have a portion of God inside us – the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18) – so we are never alone; and whenever the Devil makes us doubt what we believe, we can say ‘No!’ and turn to the Bible, God’s word, for encouragement.
Jesus knows how we feel, as he was tempted himself, although, unlike us, he never gave in. (Hebrews 2:18, Matthew 4:1-10)
Let’s trust in the one who never gave in, who will never forsake us and who will help us remain strong, through the good and bad times.
‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’