Putting God's Word into Practice…

1 Peter 5:8-9 We Have an Enemy

on December 14, 2013

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9

Peter knew he had an enemy who wanted to destroy him.  He had been tempted to deny that he knew Christ three times prior to Jesus’ crucifixion, and he blew it!  Yet he also knew of the grace, forgiveness and restoration that is offered freely through the Lord.  When Peter gives directives about how to avoid being devoured by our enemy, we would do well to listen!

Humbly depending on the Lord to care for us is one way that we can resist the devil.  The devil wants us to believe the lie that we need to protect, defend and care for ourselves.  If he can separate us from the truth of who God is and how He loves, the devil can destroy us.

Having an alert, sound mind is another way to resist the enemy.  If we know and apply God’s Word to our circumstances, we have truth as a weapon to defeat our attacker where the battle starts–in the mind.

We also need to widen our focus by taking our eyes off of our suffering and circumstances.  Satan wants us to isolate ourselves, to think that we are the only one who is suffering.   He uses suffering to make us anxious and angry.  He uses suffering to cause us to doubt God’s care and goodness.  He uses suffering to weaken us.  When we see that we are not alone in suffering, we can love and pray for each other.  We can encourage one another in faith and truth.  God uses our suffering to strengthen us!

Today if you feel like the Enemy is winning in your heart, mind and life; please message me.  I would like to pray for you!  God is bigger than our enemy, and He has the power to defeat him.

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