In the history of warfare, victors have rarely, if ever, done away with their enemies completely. Generally, the defeated group lays down its arms and surrenders to the victor. However, to one degree or another, the victorious group stays alert to its enemy’s presence. Being victorious does not always mean the threat of war is eliminated. But it does mean the immediate crisis has passed.
One of the Christian’s enemies in spiritual warfare is fear. But the apostle Paul reminds us that we have been given power, love and a sound mind to overcome fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Once defeated, will fear cease to approach us? No. Fear is always there, lurking in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to attack. But if we live in a state of victory, never letting down our defenses, fear cannot defeat us. Regardless of how fearful the circumstance may be, always remember that “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
The secret to living victoriously over fear is living moment-by-moment in Christ. Galatians 2:20 reminds us that “it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me.” Christ was never hindered or
overcome by fear. Neither should we be. If we are afraid, it is us, not Christ in us.