Stand… in Resistance

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… 1 Peter 5:8-9

Alert—watchful, aware, vigilant, ready. Sober—clearheaded, unruffled, serious, thoughtful. We have an enemy prowling around, looking for someone to devour—we must not be devour-able. We must never be in the position to say, “I didn’t see that coming!”

Yes, this is a dour warning but it’s embedded with confident hope. We can be safe. We can resist. We can stand firm in our faith.

Be aware that his attacks are not with tanks and fighter jets. He would not be that stupid. His attacks come in whispers—suggestions of unfairness, hints of jealousy, seeds of pride, justifications of bitterness, wounds to our self-esteem, offenses to harbor. Watch out! Stay awake. Be attentive. Prepare for the onslaught by knowing what the Bible says. Stand firm in your faith.

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