I’m not going to lie; the world can be a pretty rough place to live. If you were told life would be easier when you became a Christian, somebody sold you a bill of goods. In fact, the Bible guarantees you’ll face trials in life. Unlike some of the other lies we tell ourselves, this one’s mostly true. In a general sense, the “world” is against us. (You: “I thought this blog was supposed to be uplifting.” Me: “Keep reading.”) Just because this little recording we play in our heads has a seed of truth doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to re-frame the way we think about it. In fact, that’s all the more reason. Satan’s favorite lie is one seasoned with a pinch of truth; it makes it easier for him to convince you that you’re defeated. Yes, Jesus himself said, “In this world you will have trouble,” but that was not the end of his statement. His point wasn’t one of defeat, but one of victory because he concludes his proclamation with a promise, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). The world may be against us, but it’s already been defeated! All the little things that attack us, even the big things that attack us, are not truly strong enough to defeat us. We only give the world power against us when we forget we have access to a greater power within us:
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. (1 John 4:4-5)
DON’T THINK: “The world is against me; I can’t fight it.”
THINK: “Greater is he who is in me than the one who is in the world.”
Prayer: Father God, Give me the focus to remember your strength in my weakness. Reveal to my heart what the world wants to conceal, that you have already claimed victory on my behalf. Amen.
Engage: What does the enemy do to convince you that you’ve been defeated? How do you fight him off?
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