Give me a word, Lord: NOT DEFEATED

1 John 3:8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Yesterday, I was speaking to a patient, and she was explaining how trying things had been recently. She said, “Satan just keeps popping up around every corner.” I listened intently to her words, and when it was my turn to reply, I remembered the words of John 16:33, and shared these words with her. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Yes, it is true. Satan is lurking around every corner. He’s not even hiding out in the dark anymore. He is sitting in broad daylight, in schools, homes, businesses, and even in some churches. The saddest part about this is that he can sit right out in the open, and people do not even recognize the evil of Satan as evil anymore. It is easy to feel defeated in our Christian walk if we only look at life through the dark lenses of a lost and dying world, but we are not to be defeated! Satan will walk right in and take a seat front and center in our lives if we allow it, but the important fact to remember is that we do not have to allow him to get comfortable! As Christians, we are saved by grace, and we are loved and cherished by the One who has already defeated Satan. We only have to remember this and allow the Savior to continue to do the saving in our lives.

This old world is full of sadness with Satan trying to steal as many people as he can. Many are unprepared for his attack. Others refuse to believe and put faith in Christ because they have been enticed or persuaded by false science and false beliefs. There are also those who are insecure and not sure what they believe. Even Christians struggle with sin, and Satan loves to attack a believer in Christ. Those attacks are hard and painful, and yes, many times, we will feel like we are being defeated, but we can’t lose hope. Our hope is in Christ, and He is our anchor. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19)

If you are feeling that old sinking sense of defeat today, please don’t get lost in the sea of grief. Place your hope and faith in the one true anchor. Place your hope and faith in Christ. Just remember that Jesus has already won the battle. He has already defeated the one that is trying to defeat you, and no one, including the evil one, can snatch us out of our Savior’s hands. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” This promise is given to us in John 10:28. Christ has never, nor will He ever, break a promise. You are safe in the arms of Christ. Let that thought seep into ever pore of your body, and recline in the luxury of knowing that He has already won the battle. You will not be defeated if you put your hope in Christ!

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