“Resist the Enemy!”
Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. Now the God of all grace, who called you to His Eternal Glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. 1 Peter 5:8-10
The World in which we live is FULL of the Devil’s handiwork. Peter, the Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, gives us a WARNING and ENCOURAGEMENT for our Spiritual well-being. The first thing Peter tells us is, for us, who are the TRUE BELIEVERS of Jesus Christ, to BE SERIOUS! And BE ALERT! Don’t let the Devil catch you off guard and weakened in your FAITH. But we SHOULD have a STRONG CONFIDENCE in God’s UNFAILING LOVE, and His SOVEREIGN POWER over that DASTARDLY EVIL Devil, who wants nothing more than to SHAME you, in God’s presence.
The Devil is CONSTANTLY prowling around like a ROARING lion, looking for those who are VULNERABLE, WEAK and MISGUIDED in their FAITH, those who are easy targets. Peter tells us to RESIST him and to be FIRM in the FAITH. This word RESIST means: to withstand or oppose. And the way to RESIST the Devil is to be STEADFAST or to STAND FIRM in your FAITH in JESUS CHRIST, who by the way, has ALREADY DEFEATED the Devil. This means to LIVE according to God’s Word, LIVE by the SPIRIT of God, and to OBEY the Word of God.
All of God’s Children are going through like trials and sufferings, and we MUST put our FAITH and TRUST in God, who will SEE us through the TOUGH TIMES. We MUST PERSERVE in order to OVERCOME, to reap the BLESSINGS of an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.
So, REMEMBER, the God of ALL grace, the One who CALLED you to His ETERNAL GLORY in Christ JESUS, will PERSONALLY RESTORE, ESTABLISH, STRENGTHEN, and SUPPORT you after your sufferings. This SUFFERING is TEMPORARY, and is bringing us into the state of PERFECTION for God’s ETERNAL KINGDOM.
However, for the UNBELIEVER, your SUFFERINGS are permanent and will be INTENSIFIED, many, many, times over, as you spend your ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you’re there. In order to CHANGE your destiny, you MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and BE SERIOUS! BE ALERT! and RESIST the DEVIL, by STANDING FIRM in the FAITH. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!