READ: Colossians 2

THINK: Few today believe the pagan idea that the world is under the control of warring gods like Artemis, Pan, and Apollo. Yet even sophisticated skeptics readily acknowledge the reality of “forces” over which we have no control. For example, they attribute our inability to prevent violence in various places around the world to what they vaguely call “international forces.” And they speak of “economic forces” beyond our control. For example, millions of people are starving despite the fact that there is more than enough food in the world to provide for every person on the earth.

The Bible clearly acknowledges the presence of invisible but very real spiritual beings, or powers. In Ephesians 6:11-12, Paul declared that our primary warfare is against an army of rebellious angels headed by Satan. The bad news is that they are more intelligent and powerful than we are. The good news is that Jesus defeated them by His death on the cross: “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them” (Col. 2:15).

There are many things beyond our control, but we need not fear. We who have placed our trust in Jesus are on the winning side. Satan may win some battles, but he cannot win the war!

PRAY: Thank God that the victory is already won!


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