Years ago, when I was studying San Soo, my instructor had a very intriguing way of describing combat. He said that when engaging an opponent, there is no fight and no combat. There is only the predator and the prey. “Does the lion worry about the gazelle or zebra?”

As Christians, we are in the world but not of the world. Although we live in the world, we shouldn’t worry about the things in the world. Yes, we should be concerned about pollution, starvation, and the like, but they shouldn’t hold our attention. In fact, as Christians, we don’t need to worry about anything. If we can do something to alleviate the world’s problems, we should certainly do it even though we’re only temporary residents. After all, when we stay in a hotel room, we don’t trash the place just because we’re only going to be there for a few nights.

In addition to morning and evening prayers, I declare God’s truth daily. Along with proclaiming God’s truth, I affirm where I stand in God’s truth. For example:

Today I will focus more on what God is doing than what Satan is doing.

We see the concept of that declaration in Scripture.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Philippians 4:8 tells us to think only about good things, those of the Lord. However, we still have a tendency to notice other things too. Still, our focus needs directing, which leads me to the notion of sin.

Often, I hear people pray about sin and the world. People say things like, “God help us, help our children, there’s so much sin in the world,” or “Lord, the world’s gone crazy, there’s so much sin in the world. People are calling right wrong and wrong right.” The statements in these prayers are correct. There’s a lot of sin in the world, and often it seems like it’s going crazy. Indeed, people say that wrong things are correct, and if you don’t want to follow those bad things, then you are wrong. What’s a Christian to do?

You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Psalm 12:7-8 (NIV)

These verses from Psalm 12 remind us that the Lord protects his people. They remind us that people will exalt, praise, lift up, and encourage others to applaud the detestable things done by the human race. Yet, these verses don’t tell us to worry about those things. These verses don’t tell us to pray against those things.

Instead, Scripture reminds us, “The sting of death is sin,” and that we have victory over sin “through our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1 Corinthians 15:56-57 NIV). Since we have the victory through the Lion of Judah, there is no fight and no combat, for that is what prayer is. Spiritual warfare. When we pray, “Lord, may your will be done,” that is enough. We don’t need to acknowledge the world’s sins or those things the world praises.

Therefore, no matter what sin does in the world, the Lion doesn’t need to take notice of it, for we have victory over it in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe you died on the cross and were buried, and God the Father raised you from the dead on the third day. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.