What can we do in the midst of the battle? First, we should rejoice—because the victory has already been won! This fuels our prayers and fixes our perspective.
Why have we won? Jesus tells us,
“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)
The greatness of the victory is determined by the depth of the struggle. God has called us to preach the Gospel to the world, and Satan knows his time is short. He is in the business of stealing people’s blessing and tricking them out of their destiny.
The serpent told Adam and Eve that eating the forbidden fruit would make them like gods—when they should have realized, “We are already in the image of God. You are telling us to disobey Him.”
In John 10:10, Jesus reveals the stark contrast between Satan’s mission and His own:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
To be victorious, we must put on the whole armor of God, which is described by Paul in Ephesians 6:11-18 and concludes,
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…
Similarly, Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:1,
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.
He is not just saying, “Pray for everyone.” He is saying, “You’ve got to have supplications. You’ve got to have prayers. You’ve got to have intercessions, along with giving thanks. Why?
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (vv. 3-4)
God’s desire is for everyone to be saved. That is why He has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the Good News. And as Revelation 12:11 promises, we will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
So, we give God thanks because that’s the pathway to victory—and we praise Him for the triumph to come. God bless you.
© Copyright Gordon Robertson