By Gary Wilkerson
As Christians we know that Jesus won the victory for us at Calvary. He defeated
death, Satan and the power of sin. The question remaining for believers is,
“Now what? I know Jesus won my victory on the cross, but what about my
present conflict? Where is His victory for the battle raging in my life right
It’s an important question—and the Word contains an answer for every
Christian. It begins with this scene: “The Philistines gathered their armies
for battle . . . at Socoh, which belongs to Judah” (1 Samuel 17:1, ESV). This
image presents a spiritual truth that never changes: The forces of darkness are
arrayed against God’s people.
When Jesus became your Savior, He made you a new creation—and although you
changed, the world did not. Because of this, there are powers that align
themselves against you: the world, the devil and even your own flesh, which
wars against your spirit.
Sometimes your battles with these forces are external—attacks on your
marriage, your finances, your children—and sometimes they are internal. We
are nagged by worries: “Can my marriage survive this long, cold silence?”
“Will my child ever give his life to the Lord?”
“Am I even worthy to call myself a Christian?” All these pressures push us
toward doubt and despair, causing us to wonder, “Where is God in all this? I
can’t see Him beyond my daily battles.”
At times we cry, “Enough!” and draw a line in the sand. We tell ourselves,
“I’m tired of being beaten up by the enemy.” But the devil keeps crossing
that line. This happened to Israel as they faced the Philistines. “The
Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the
mountain on the other side, with a valley between them” (17:3). Did that stop
the enemy? Not at all. The Philistines brought out a greater weapon in the form
of Goliath, a giant of a man.
David knew he was no match for Goliath but he also knew that the battle
wasn’t his but God’s. When he heard Goliath’s taunts, he testified:
“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down
. . . that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel . . . For the
battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand” (17:46-47).
Spiritual victory is never our own; it comes from our Deliverer.
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