Devotions based on Trevor Hudson’s book, Discovering our Spiritual Identity
As God’s children we are in an intense spiritual battle and we must recognize the dark forces that oppose us while knowing that in Christ they are already defeated. C.S. Lewis said there are two errors that we must guard against. One is to disbelieve in the devils’ existence and the other is to believe and feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. Jesus engaged the powers of evil head-on. In His death, Jesus absorbed all the evil into himself with the vulnerability of self-giving love. That love cannot be stopped by all the powers of evil for His resurrection proclaims victory over all evil. As we deal with the evil in our own lives we need to celebrate the Easter message that evil will not ultimately triumph!
We must first face and acknowledge our evil tendencies and see ourselves as we really are. Confessing our selfishness and self-centeredness can be painful but it will put us in the inner position to receive help from the Lord. We can turn to Him and ask for His empowering presence. We need help from beyond ourselves. Sometimes when the struggle is great we may need a soul-friend to share the battle. “Allowing faithful friends to know how we are tempted not only decreases our spiritual aloneness, it opens our lives to vital life-giving resources of the Spirit.”