I Peter 5: 8 (NASB) Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 [d] But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your [e]brethren who are in the world.
This world is tough place and maintaining one’s integrity is even tougher. Temptations are everywhere, and the devil, it seems, never takes a day off. Your challenge is to see those temptations for what they are: dangerous and destructive to our lives.
In his letter to Jewish Christians, Peter offered a imperative warning: “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NASB). What was true in New Testament times is equally true in our own. Evil is indeed abroad in the world, and Satan continues to seek those whom he can devour and destroy. In a very real sense, our world is at war: good versus evil, addiction versus moderation, hope versus suffering, praise versus apathy.
It’s out there, and it can hurt you. Evil does exist, and you will confront it. Prepare yourself by forming a genuine, life-changing relationship with God and do it today. There is darkness in this world, but God’s light can overpower any darkness.
Relevant verse: (James 4:7-8 HCSB) Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people! Have a marvelous day family of God!
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.