The Christian life is a life full of spiritual battles – constant, but mostly unseen and unrecognized by the average person. Yes, we face many physical battles through life, but under all of them are deeper, more dangerous, more powerful spiritual battles. Believers vs the world. Spirit vs flesh. God vs Satan. Good vs evil.
How do we fight against these unseen, spiritual battles? There is only one way – through the power that comes not from us, but from God. We fight this battle only through prayer and total surrender.
You see, we serve and belong to a God who is fully sovereign and fully powerful. There is no power too powerful for Him. There are no circumstances too intense for Him to handle. There are no times in your life when God is caught off guard by what is going on in you, around you, or through you. In our finiteness, we are only capable of seeing what is currently happening around us and speculating on what may or may not happen. God is not like us. God is infinite and sees how things actually end up. Ultimately He wins. Ultimately Jesus is victorious over all spiritual powers and earthly thrones and dominions.
So why is it so difficult to lose hope and be discouraged and anxious about what is happening around us?
In short, on this side of eternity, before Jesus returns and brings heaven to earth, we still operate in fleshly bodies riddled with sin. This sin that is so ingrained in us causes us to not believe the goodness of God practically. Alongside that, spiritual realities are harder for our minds to grasp as they are invisible. This is why it is so important to “fight on [your] knees,” surrendering your agendas and fears and anxieties to our Father who cares for you.
Lift your hands and declare the victory that we have through Jesus. Lay down your fears, take up Christ’s confidence. Sing through the dark as Jesus pleads with the Father for our constant forgiveness and provision. Trust that God is continually working for your good and His glory. The battle belongs to God.