Evil may be all around us these days, but have you read the end of the book? We win! Satan, our adversary, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, Peter tells us. But Revelation 12 gives us a sneak peek at our victory. “…The accuser of the brethren is cast down which accused them (us) before God night and day, and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
If the devil is like a lion, how do lions hunt? They target the easy kill: the animal that’s been separated from its herd or the calf that’s sick or not fully developed. God wants us to triumph over the devil. His Word is a source of strength and vitality for all of us to survive, thrive and help others do the same. Do you have what it takes to be an overcomer? Here are a few qualities you can cultivate to begin winning for God now, not just in the age to come:
An Overcomer is Vigilant
The devil always seeks to destroy us, but with vigilance in prayer, we will easily spot his schemes. Some we can avoid altogether. James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil, he will flee.” Others are an unavoidable part of living in a fallen world, but the overcomer will see God’s way of escape. And there is always a way of escape. Remember, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
An Overcomer is Not Easy Prey
When Peter calls the devil our adversary, he’s calling him our legal opponent in the court of Heaven. This adversary wants to constantly remind us of the wrongs we’ve committed and load us with guilt and condemnation so we will live in total defeat. We all know his voice: “Remember what you did? You don’t deserve God’s blessing. You’re not qualified to help that person.” The voice goes on and on. But overcomers don’t listen to it. Instead we trample upon the serpent with truth of God’s forgiveness. In Jesus, we are washed clean by His blood. We’re children of God and joint heirs with Jesus (Romans 8.) Now we “deserve” everything that Jesus deserves. We have boldness and confidence in Him, therefore we overcome evil with good.
An Overcomer is Steadfast in the Covenant
Though the lion seeks to devour, hurling his accusations at us, as an overcomer, we remain steadfast in the faith. No matter what the circumstance, God’s covenant– His promise to us– is still true. We resist the works of the devil in the midst of every trial until all evidence of his work is fully refuted.
Even the devil knows we win in the end. That’s why he’s going crazy. But we won’t quit. Together, we overcome.