“Resist Him Firm in Your Faith!”

Push back!!  You don’t have to take it sitting down!!  Or as my brother, Wes, says it… “Com’on, don’t be a spiritual woose!!!”

Here’s how Peter urged believers under attack by “the enemy – the adversary – the devil” to respond… (1 Peter 5.8-11)

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  RESIST HIM, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Several things came to mind this morning as I read that passage during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…

  1. The attacks of the enemy are real… and he’s sneaky and devious!!!  Alertness to his devices is called for!  Don’t take your spiritual adversary lightly – his goal is your failure and eternal destruction.
  2. Push back!  Arm yourself with the Truth – what you know to be true from God’s word and your personal experience of God through Christ… be “firm in ‘the faith!’”
  3. Be aware that you’re not the only one experiencing spiritual attacks… it’s the common experience of believers “throughout the world” (and I might add, it has been the common experience of believers throughout the ages)!  Others have faced (and are experiencing) the enemy’s attacks and have overcome!  You can too!!
  4. And finally… “The God of ALL grace – the One who has promised to provide everything you need to overcome – will “make your strong, firm and steadfast” (and even if you falter and fail a time or two, He will “restore you”)!

So… Hang in there!  Don’t let “the adversary” intimidate you… he may bluster – he may roar!  God is greater!  Through His grace you can (and will) overcome!!

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