Many Christians would prefer to hide their faces from the reality of evil in the world. We can say we don’t want to talk about such matters, but that does not diminish the reality of evil. The truth of the matter is that demons aren’t mythological creatures invented by imaginative minds. Rather, they are very real spiritual beings bent on carrying out Satan’s plans. Though they are powerful, and we may be tempted to fear them, Jesus is infinitely more powerful. Jesus said He has given us the authority to defeat the enemy. We stand against Satan when we stand in Christ, the One who defeated our great enemy.
For those who have trusted Christ, we have seen the light and we ourselves are now lights in the darkness (Matt. 5:14). However, because we remain in this world and wrapped in this cursed flesh, we continue to struggle with darkness. We may even feel lost at times. We know intellectually that Jesus has won the victory, and that He’s promised we will experience victory too. But at times, we feel more like the disciples in Mark 9:28 saying, “Why couldn’t we drive away the darkness and experience the same success we’ve known in the past?”
This week, take some time to evaluate your life in terms of light and darkness.
- Where are you shining?
- Where are you allowing the world to dampen your radiance?
In the areas you feel weak, or even like a failure, remember that when we live by prayer, depending on Jesus’ strength, there’s victory over evil! Know it. Live it. Then pray students would experience the same thing.
Share the One Conversation with parents to prepare them for further family discussions.