“Now the prince of this world will be driven out.”
As a naive early Christian I use to look upon others who didn’t believe in God with envy that their lives seemed free of trouble. At least that’s how it appeared on the outside. The illusion that nothing could touch them and that they didn’t answer for their wrongful acts. Why did being a Christian seem so difficult and their lives seem so effortless? No one really warns you that when you become a Christian you essentially have to be ready for battle. The war is not against people but principalities and the dark forces of this world. When we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior we hope for a peaceful life free of any trouble, turmoil, or pain. That is not the case. To be a follower of Christ and a citizen of Heaven you have now become a soldier in His army. There is no area in our lives that is not targeted by the enemy. Though the warfare may be intense it is absolutely worth the fight. Eternity and the Kingdom of God is at hand! Jesus defeated death on the cross and made a public spectacle of the devil and his demonic forces. He has been furious ever since! Those unbelievers I was foolishly envious of didn’t have freedom, joy, or peace in their lives. It was a deceitful lie cleverly cloaked by the enemy. The important thing that Jesus always wants us to remember is the victory is ours for the taking! We have unlimited access from God to the tools we need to be successful and victorious in this life. Even in our weakest lowest moment God has promised to fight on our behalf because His strength is made perfect in our weakness. His grace is sufficient for those who trust in Him. No matter what battle comes tomorrow be at peace because God is already there! Victory belongs to those who surrender to the cross and whose hearts are completely His!