Hillsong United has a song called You Are Here. In it, there is a powerful line - The same power that conquered the grave lives in me. That single lyric is beautiful. It’s powerful and is an important truth that all Christians need to wrap their minds and hearts around.
Two weeks ago, I found myself in South Asia, a land flowing with idols made by human hands. Anyone can buy one. I’m told that Hinduism hosts approximately 300+ million gods of all shapes and sizes. Those who buy them generally fixate them in their homes or whoever they desire to have a place for personal idol worship.
At one moment, I was struggling. I could sense a bombardment by Satan to get me fixated on the fear of his demonic forces that swirled around the city I was in. Yet as quickly as those thoughts came to mind, God began to remind me who He is. He reminded me that the same power that conquered the grave was the same power, namely the Holy Spirit of God, who is living inside of me. In that moment, peace consumed my heart and mind.
A few days later, I found myself in a hotel where the floor of my room laid on top of the roof of a storefront that sold these idols for worship. Realizing this, fear began to reveal its ugly head again but then God reminded me that the same power that conquered the grave lives inside me. God wasn’t telling me some fairytale but reminding me of this wonderful truth!
I became very sensitive to spiritual warfare soon after becoming a follower of Jesus. In 1996, I went through an intense spiritual battle as a result of some occult type things I dabbled in when I was in high school. Then in 2006, I went through another intense spiritual battle after visiting a Buddhist temple in Japan. That period lasted 9 months.
I know I’m being vague but those two periods in my life were intense. I was never possessed demonically, as I don’t believe someone can be if they are indwelled with the Holy Spirit, but I was severely harassed by demonic forces. This is why I believe fear was creeping into my heart during my recent trip in South Asia. But at the same time, I’m thankful it did.
I’m thankful because that moment got me fixated on the truth of that Hillsong United song. It wasn’t a truth that simply came from their song. It is truth that originated in God’s word that they so eloquently penned into a song that led to one line saying “The same power that conquered the grave lives in me”.
That is such a powerful line! To know deep down inside one’s being that the very Holy Spirit of God, the one who raised Jesus from the dead that conquered death, hell and the grave is the very power and authority that is residing inside of me at this very moment and for all eternity.
I encourage you. Let that sink in!
Steve Schirmer, President of Silk Road Catalyst and co-Host of Missions Talk. Least Reached Advocate. Dedicated to No Place Left.