One of Jesus’ disciples makes a power statement in a collection of small books known as the Catholic Epistles. One specific letter written by John addresses the two opposing forces within this world. The first, the Holy Spirit and latter the ruler of the air, Satan. Although both are invisible, John wants to encourage those who may be fighting a losing battle that God is greater.
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, 1 John 4:4.
However, stating this and believing it are two different things. Whether you’re an athlete, competitive or trying your best to survive, experiencing a series of failures can break anyone’s momentum. The devil preys on doubt, planting seeds within minds to second guess God’s power and who really is in control. Subsequently, even the confident go through periods of darkness, fighting inner demons which seek to attack your heart, soul and mind.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds, 2 Corinthians 10:4.
At some point, the disciples passes the Christian torch to the apostle Paul whose missionary journeys gave birth to churches throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa. According to Paul, the only way to stand your ground against the enemy involves changing your tactics. Whenever faith begins to falter or wilt, taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ is crucial. As soon as this discipline is put into practice, then and only then will you truly believe that greater is He who is in you than is in the world.
by Jay Mankus