But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
By David Wilkerson
Multitudes of Christians get up each morning only to face indescribable problems - physical pain, emotional suffering, financial struggles. Many are so barraged by trouble after trouble, they worry, "This is all too much for me to handle. My problems are about to defeat me! I don't have the strength to fight these things anymore. How will I ever make it?"
No matter what crisis we face, what powerful difficulties lay ahead of us, our victory has been assured: "In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us" (Romans 8:37).
Does this mean we're to do nothing - that we're supposed to stand by and expect God to send an angel to slay all our enemies? No - never! Even though God has proclaimed our victory, he will not do our part for us.
We still have to pick up a sword to fight the enemy. The difference is, we're to do it believing God has promised to empower us: "Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).
The Holy Spirit responds to our faith. When we call on him, he comes upon us with supernatural power to mortify the deeds of the flesh. Our part is faith - and then walking in the belief that God's Spirit will resist the power of evil coming against us.