So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV)
The emotional and physcial pain we are experiencing in our natural bodies is temporal and will eventually come to an end. In heaven, God’s transforming power will change us more than we can presently comprehend. True spiritual realities are unseen and eternal. God is Spirit and must be experienced in the invisible realm of the Spirit.
Even though our bodies are affected by the aging process our inner person can be renewed on a daily basis meditating on God’s word and prayer. Our spiritual activities, or lack of, form us into the likeness of Christ, or into self absorbed creatures, that fall short of God’s best. This unseen world is full of angels, demons, principalities, powers. It’s a world of great spiritual conflict over the souls of all humanity.
Everyone is in the process of either being transformed into darkness or light. Even the most intense suffering of a Christian is considered only momentary light afflictions, compared to the future glory God has prepared for his people.
We must renew our minds so that we can experience God’s life and presence and character transformation in this age so that we can prepare for the age to come. Even though our bodies are breaking down our spirits are growing stronger every day.
Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8 ESV)
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. (Revelation 12:11 ESV)
Jesus Christ came into the world as a human being to destroy the works of the devil. He, being fully God and fully man was and is the only qualified person to take back that which Satan had stolen from mankind. The cosmic battle in the spiritual realm was won by the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. His Kingdom is active in the world today although not fully seen or understood at his time. When he returns to the earth he will take over. At that time he will lock Satan away, and restore the earth back like it was before the fall of Adam and Eve.
Until the return of Christ we are engaged in a life and death struggle with Satan and his demonic hordes. These unseen forces are behind all of the evil throughout the history of the world. As followers of Jesus we overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb (Christ death and resurrection), by the word of our testimony (Scripture), and we love not our lives unto death (sacrificial living).
Prayer and God’s word are weapons we use to defeat Satan’s lies and false religions and ideologies, that he uses to keep people in spiritual darkness. Without the belief in the absolute truth of Jesus and his gospel, Satan uses his lies to build demonically inspired strongholds in the minds of people. The devil’s strategy has always been to cast doubt on the Word of God. When people change the meaning of Scripture to suit their lifestyles, they have fallen prey to the powers of darkness.
The question we must ask ourselves is: Do we really believe in the authority of the Bible, and if we do will we place ourselves under it?