Writing this post did not come easy. To be honest, writing in general does not come easy but I thought writing this post would be easier given how passionate I am about it. What really happened was I had an opportunity to practice what I preach!
When I sat down to write, I was frozen. Sitting in the middle of Starbucks, my grand plan of completing this post came to a screeching halt when questions and lies shot through my mind. What am I doing? What if I say the wrong thing? Did God actually say to do this? Can I really blog? Not really understanding what was happening in the moment, I texted a good friend of mine. After sending a really long, dramatic, tear filled text, I realized what was going on. It was a spiritual attack. Those fiery darts made of age old questions like “Did God really say?” entered into my mind and froze my fingers.
Thankfully, we fight from victory not for it. Once I recognized it was the enemy and not me, I was able to have a good cry (because emotions are real and need to be released), remember that God did it fact say, and get on with it.
As Christians, we are well aware that we are in a spiritual battle. Paul makes that very clear when he says “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
The good news is that because of the death and resurrection of Christ, we have won the war. At his death he declared “It is finished.” The veil was torn. Three days later, Christ was resurrected. Death is supposed to be the end game. Not for Him. He victorious against death.
Until Jesus returns, we are still in a world full of troubles, sorrow and pain. John 16 Jesus tell us “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But, take heart, I have overcome the world.” The spiritual battle has not stopped but it changed. It changed because the saints were given the Holy Spirit as a gift. When Jesus ascended back into heaven, he did not leave us to fend for ourselves, as orphans. He left us with the Holy Spirit who comes to us in the authority of the Father, guiding us into all truth, bringing into remembrance the things of Jesus, equipping us to abide in Jesus and bear the fruit.
I’ve recently been taken aback by our victorious position in Christ. Take a look at this!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him, In love, he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saint, I do not cease to give thanks for you remembering you in my prayers that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might, that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
I’m not sure how any believer can read ALL of that and not be absolutely convinced that we are victorious in Christ. We have been given every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Before the foundations of the world God chose us. He chose us. In love, He chose us.
Paul prays that we know this. He lets us know what he has been praying for the saints that we can see what he sees. That we can see the hope we’re called to, the riches of the glorious inheritance, and my personal favorite, the immeasurable greatness of his power. Then later in Ephesians 2 tells us that WE are seated with him in heavenly places in Christ. Thats wild. He chose us to be seated with him in heavenly places.
According to this, we are anything but defeated. If that is not convincing enough then we can hop on over to 1 John 4:4 and 5:4
1John 4:4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you in greater than he who is in the world. -”Them” referring to the spirits he was talking about in the verse before that do not confess Jesus is from God. Just a few verses later in 5:4 he says “For everyone who has been born of God (those that believe Jesus is the Christ) overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.”
Saints, we are a victorious people! Don’t get big headed because it had absolutely nothing to do with us and everything to do with a God that was so desperate for his creation he sent his only begotten, beloved son to pay the penalty of death for us so we could have relationship with him again. Remember, He chose us before the foundation of the world. He chose you before the foundation of the world.