“Be Firm In The Faith” ( 1 Peter 5: 8 – 9, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“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.”

Our adversary roars — he roars a lot, trying to gain our attention, trying to scare us. He wants to trick us into coming close enough that he might devour us. Peter tells us to “resist him.” “Be firm in the faith.” Recognize that all over the world, Christians are suffering; some are suffering beyond what you are suffering.

Peter tells us not to be surprised “when the fiery ordeal comes among [us] to test [us].” He reminds — this is not “something unusual.” (1 Peter 4: 12) Peter calls on us to “rejoice as [we] share in the sufferings of the Messiah, so that [we] may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory.” (1 Peter 4: 13)

As we are “firm in the faith,” we are able to withstand any “fiery ordeal,” the constant “roaring” of our adversary, and the varied sufferings that are common to us “throughout the world.”

Resist our adversary. He flees from us for we are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

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