Every time I read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis I am convicted – and embarrassed – by how often I have looked away from Jesus to find my hope. I am prone to feel sorry for myself. The world is oriented to feeling sorry for me, giving me permission to focus on how “hard” things are in our home. The enemy of my faith loves to use misdirection, encouraging me to search for hope in the wrong things.
It is good to be reminded that this life is war.
But not a war with an undecided outcome! And we don’t fight in our own strength. Jesus has already secured the victory over sin , and we are already free when we cling to him:
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2 ESV)