In the children's book, The Sword Bearer, John was given a magic stone that he was to put on whenever he got into great difficulty. The stone around his neck enabled him to see things exactly as they were-not as they seemed. Once, when John thought his enemy, Ole Slapfoot, had him, he remembered his stone and hurriedly slipped it on. Suddenly he saw that Ole Slapfoot was really a non-threatening shark and his fear vanished.
If we were gifted with eyes that could see spiritual realities, we would realize that Satan is terrified of our faith. He's well aware that Jesus didn't say, "I will overcome the world," but, "I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). He understands that victory already belongs to those who walk by faith.
Faith is "perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses" (Hebrews 11:1 Amp.).
The king of Syria, wanting to get rid of Elisha, circled the prophet's city with horses, chariots, and armed men. The next morning, Elisha's servant went out and, seeing the army, panicked, "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?"
Elisha had no fear. He simply asked God to make the invisible truth known to his servant. God opened the servant's eyes, and he saw that the hills all around them were full of horses and chariots of fire.
"Do not doubt in the dark what you saw in the light" is one of my favorite quotes. If we at one point in our praying knew that God heard and we believed He would take care of our problem, then we can be certain of victory.
Thank You, Jesus, that victory already belongs to those who walk by faith.
"Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded" (Hebrews 10:35).