John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
The Battle of New Orleans has been made famous over the years by poems, paintings, and songs. It took place on January 8, 1815 and has been heralded as the greatest U.S. land victory of the war of 1812. The most unique fact about the battle, however, is seldom sung about or depicted in paintings. While the battle raged in America, in Europe representatives from both sides were celebrating peace and had been since the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814. The results of the battle would not affect the outcome of the war at all! That fact had already been decided.
As Christians we find ourselves in a similar situation. We must daily fight battles with the flesh, the world, and the devil. Sometimes we have great victories. Other times we suffer defeat. Regardless of which of these situations we find ourselves in we can take heart in the simple truth that the war has already been won. Christ defeated the enemy at Calvary, rose triumphantly from the grave, and sits victoriously at the right hand of God the Father. We must dutifully do our daily battle but “thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”