God has many promises for those who believe in him. A rose garden life is not one of them. Jesus tells us in the Gospel written by his disciple John that we will have trials but to remember that he has conquered the world (John 16:33). Although the victory has been won by his sacrificial death, we have still battles to fight and hurdles to overcome. Somewhere along the way, Satan will try to intimidate to immobilize and render us incapable of fulfilling our mission. To prepare us for future encounters, God's Word has many examples of ordinary people overcoming the enemy. One such victor was a man born blind.
With a mixture of dirt and spit, Jesus covered the man's eyes and told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. He obeyed, walked away seeing and ended up standing before the Pharisees--a Jewish religious sect in Jesus' day. These men were not interested in the man's extraordinary healing but in discrediting Jesus and excommunicating anyone who believed in him. They questioned the man continuously. He never changed his story--"One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see" (John 9:25). The once blind beggar intimidated the intimidators. He stated the facts refusing to be drawn into an argument. Because he remained steadfast in the solid truth of his testimony, he was undeterred by the Pharisees' threats. This man did lose his place in the religious community, but he gained the right to be in God's family. He believed in Jesus.
Whatever your present and future obstacles may be, Satan will make them seem as large as a Goliath and equally impossible to defeat. Remain undeterred and unshakable like the blind man because your faith in God will always overcome the enemy.
Keep your eyes on him because you are highly favored to win.