Leading by example (1 Peter 5:8-9)

God wants to be in charge of every aspect of your life. See that you remain sober and vigilant. The devil is a roaring lion, always seeking whom he may devour.  He seeks to destroy those who are weak and not paying attention.

1. Our lack of humility and vulnerability will result in a lack of victory. If we do not humble ourselves, we’ll never see the enemy coming. Those who do not humble themselves are also the last person to see it.

We all have struggles in our walk with Christ, even the pastor. If you don’t get humble and genuine you’ll never see the enemy’s attacks. The devil doesn’t care what you believe as long as it’s not the truth.

Why does Peter here call the devil a “roaring lion?” The church leadership is instructed to feed the flock (of sheep). The lion is a predator of sheep. The lion was effective because she shepherd had stopped protecting the flock.

2. We have a lion-like enemy that seeks the ultimate destruction of the sheep. We are hated by the devil because we are made in God’s image and the devil hates anything that reminds him of God. We are to resist the devil & be steadfast in the faith.

3. The God at your back is greater than the devil in your face. The devil is ticked off because he only has a little while to devour whom he may, and he knows it. Stand up and face him. Your greatest enemy is you, so there are some things you flee and not fight, but the devil isn’t one of them. The devil will have as much power in your home as you allow him. We have authority and power from the Bible to resist the devil. When Christ was confronted by the devil, He quoted Scripture every time.

We sometimes attribute the same powers to Satan that we attribute to God, but the devil isn’t omniscient, omnipresent, and all-knowing. But he is powerful and has his minions. We are to fear God, and not the devil. If you are not steadfast in the faith you will not be able to stand up to your adversary.

4. Be encouraged that believers all over the world are experiencing the same struggles. One of the chief tools the enemy uses is to make you think you are the only one suffering. We all have the same afflictions and persecutions. The devil loves shame and some of us are filled with it.

The devil cannot use what is already in the light. But men love darkness more than light. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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