by Rick Warren
“The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4b NIV)
You were born into a battle. You didn’t ask for it. But before you were born and long after you die, a cosmic battle is taking place all throughout the universe. You can’t escape the battle between God and Satan, good and evil — even if you don’t know it exists.
Yet it’s important to know God and Satan are not equal enemies. God is far superior in all ways. One day God will completely wipe Satan out. But until then, he allows us to have a choice of whose side we’re on.
People are often pawns in this cosmic battle. Satan can’t hurt God. What do you do when you can't hurt someone? You hurt his children. So Satan goes after you.
The bad news is, you were born for a battle. But there’s good news. You were born to win the battle. The Bible says, “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4b NIV).
Satan isn’t afraid of you. He is afraid of who is in you — God.
With the Holy Spirit in you, you don’t have to be afraid of Satan. You’re on the winning side of this war. Now live like it.