Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (1 Peter 5:8–9)


The Bible tells us that if we’re going to do anything for God, we’re going to meet resistance.

We are wrestling principalities, powers, and spiritual wickedness. So, whenever you try to expand the kingdom, a battle is going to be necessary because the enemy is trying to hold the ground that he thinks he owns. Here’s the truth: he has been spoiled, stripped of everything that he thought was his, and Jesus (glory to God!) has triumphed over him.

So guess what? You always win. You always win because Jesus has already given you the victory. 


Dear God,  thank you that Jesus has already triumphed over my enemy. I receive His victory in (name a situation in which you need victory). I also pray for victory for all of my brothers and sisters in the Lord throughout the world in whatever battles they may be facing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This devotional is excerpted from Bill Winston’s book, Training for Reigning. To order this kingdom leadership playbook, click here