Many people fail to realize the spiritual dimension of the world in which we live. 2 Corinthians 4:4 teaches that the mind of unbelievers have been blinded.
For Christians, the spiritual battle is real. Though it is not flesh-and-blood, as Ephesians chapter 6 instructs, it is nevertheless something that we face on a daily basis.
The tendency is to one of two extremes: overemphasize the evil one or ignore him completely. Many places, like Africa, have a deeper understanding of the spiritual world due to familiarity with animism and witchcraft. We, on the other hand, in North America and Europe seem to be all too often happily asleep to the enemy.
C.S. Lewis explores this topic in his book Screwtape Letters. The premise is that a more senior demon is explaining to his junior counterpart about how to really mess up Christians lives and render them ineffective. I highly recommend the read, along with the rest of Lewis’ writings.
It’s time Christians all over the world realize the victory that is already theirs in Christ. When we approach God in prayer through Christ, we have victory over death, hell and the grave. Who wouldn’t want a deal as good as that? We have peace on earth while we are alive, a right-relationship with our Saviour and eternity in heaven with our Creator.
Why not spend a few minutes committing to memory the following verse:
“They [the followers of Christ] will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings-and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” (Revelation 17:14)
Notice, how Christ-followers are a) called by God, b) chosen – specially selected to be His ambassadors in this world and c) able to be faithful because He is faithful to us in continuing the good work He started in us (Phil. 1:6).