We can’t lose the war against evil when God fights for us.
Before I spent a week in Vegas, I might have told you that Vegas is probably one of the places where God is the least present. But Vegas is the place where I felt the presence of God more strongly than anywhere before, and it filled me with awed fear of the holy God.
During its long reign as Sin City, Las Vegas has been oppressed by the Enemy, who is real and looking for souls to devour. The addictive and empty lifestyle of sexual immorality (and sex trafficking), gambling, voodoo, and drunkenness that runs rampant there is a sure sign that Satan has a strong grip on the people there. He think he’s won.
But what I found in Vegas is that where spiritual darkness is evident, God’s brilliant presence shines through far more, even more than it does in cities where evil goes unnoticed. Satan attacked God’s servants regularly in the bible, such as Job and Paul, but what a mistake–they both had the all-powerful, living God fighting for them. So although evil is manifested in many ways in Vegas, and Satan desperately tries to attack the Christians who live there for doing the Lord’s work, we truly got glimpses of God waging and winning the war by breaking souls free from their chains and reclaiming them for Himself.
Demonic forces are real, and they can seem scary. They can do extremely harmful things to people, and they are pure evil trying to take over. As I and my teammates started noticing the evil forces around us in a way we’d never seen before, I think we collectively felt a twinge of terror.
But wait–why would we fear when we are loved and protected by the One who we know has already won? The Lord is our refuge, as David sings over and over in the Psalms. And we are children of God, so we have no need to fear. Hallelujah.
Still, there is a war to be fought. I saw it happening, because winning a city like Las Vegas for Christ is not easy. But one unforgettable night, I felt an entire room fill with peace and the presence of the Lord after a hard-fought battle with evil because He had won. In every situation we experienced in Vegas, He won. He is still winning, and he will continue to win. He will bring justice and righteousness, ultimately. The Lord is victorious, and He has overcome.
I am thankful to be on the winning side.