Though I often wish He did, God the Father does not censor life for us. Life still retains its grit and grime, full of heartbreaks, failures, and scars that everyone else is exposed to. In fact, conflict is not swept off the table when we decide to live by faith amidst earthly trials. Rather, the conflict intensifies, but many ask, “Why is that?” Well, it’s credible evidence for Satan’s existence, because if we’re not fighting off some sort of health issue, hidden sin, or unexpected tragedy, another brother or sister in Christ will be. How do we win all these wars when it seems as if victory can only be found after death? For victory to be found on this side of eternity, look no further than Ephesians 6:12…
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” -Ephesians 6:12
This verse was not penned to be a comforting slogan. Instead, Paul wrote these words as a reminder that there is more to our existence than the natural world around us. Satan and his principalities want to bog us down by any means necessary because he understands that we’ve won the battle for salvation. His only military option left is to assault our faith through engineering desolations in every realm of our lives.
Victory on this earth means remembering that if we are, in fact, engaged in spiritual warfare, then the possibility of triumph is quite likely. The likelihood of victory stems from the cold hard fact that the God we serve is undefeated! Our Father in heaven wouldn’t have sent Jesus to bleed His blood clean if He didn’t cherish us, and consequently, He wouldn’t send us into battle if He didn’t think we could win. He is assured of our victory because He gave us the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to overcome all sickness, brokenness, and immorality.
Essentially, conflict becomes the preferred proxy by which the Holy Spirit displays an object lesson on God’s grace and why our faith should never be displaced. Faith isn’t developed when everything falls into place; instead, it’s formed when the bank account shows zeros, when the doctor says its over, and when all hope seems to be deferred. It’s in these moments when the walls were crumbling that the early Christian patriarchs understood the depth of God’s grace. The Apostle Paul captured this truth in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10…
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:9-10
This verse demonstrates God’s redeeming grace in the life of Paul, for He used conflict to shape Paul into the man He wanted him to be. The Father’s grace can create the same good work in each of us. The grace I speak of stained an old rugged cross and culminated with out Savior’s resurrection. With that in mind, we can know that our Lord will use His Holy Spirit to guide us toward resolutions for every area of oppression in our lives. Thus, victory comes by faith in the promise of Romans 8:28…
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Christ is risen from the dead, defeating death and opening up an eternity for us in heaven with our Father. That’s a living hope we can cling to, and we have the privilege of the Holy Spirit’s instruction along with Christ’s intercession. So it seems that victory is not a shot in the dark but a charge into triumph. The victory has been purchased and the grace has been administered. All that remains is for the believers to find the faith to believe that the declarations in the previous sentence are “yea” and “amen.”
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. The great pursuit of his life is to live by the words he writes—which is an ongoing project. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.