Truth is pouring forth from every page as I prepare to lead the discussion for the next few weeks. I am encouraged, enlightened, and enthusiastic about the truths we are being reminded of and the plan of action for putting those truths to work.
If God has already won the victory, and Christ is sitting at His right hand and we are in His presence, why should we even have to worry about the enemy? The truth of the matter is Satan knows God has won, but he wants nothing more than to have us cowering in a corner because of all the misery he has thrown our way. We become ineffective witnesses when we allow him a toe hold in our lives as we spend time and energy on the negative emotions he creates. The spirit of fear, the misery of depression, the reminder of our faults, flaws, and failures and countless other crafty schemes are constantly being thrown our way. We become so shell shocked by his constant deluge of lies, that we are frozen in the moment and unable to focus on what is true, what is right, and Who God is.
What is to be done about this? Have we been lulled into the belief there is no Satan? Do we not acknowledge the presence of evil in this world? Do we not remember he is roaming about seeking to kill, steal and destroy? Read the headlines, turn on the news, talk to your neighbors, families, and friends--misery has made its mark.
God has provided all we need to combat this darkness. God has given us spiritual armor with which to clothe ourselves as we walk forth and battle the evil one. And the beginning--the most important thing --He has given us is prayer. We have been given all we need, God has promised us to provide---it is all within our grasp to lead a full and productive lives for His glory and good purpose. All we need is within our grasp. Here is His promise and His reminder of Who wins the war-