Resisting the Devil

True Grace (Part 8): Resisting the DevilText: 1 Peter 5:6-10

Satan is trying to destroy us and cause us to miss out on the reward that God has made available for the faithful. Yet God has made it so that we can resist the devil and overcome him.

Humble Yourselves Before God (v. 6)

  • Therefore – based upon what was just said (1 Peter 5:5); God may either be for us or against us
  • Why we need to be humble – because of who we are compared to who God is (Psalm 8:3-4; 100:3); this is a fundamental quality we must have in order to please God (Matthew 5:3)
  • Satan tried to puff us up with pride – this will lead to our downfall (Proverbs 16:18); the “pride of life” is one of the avenues of temptation that he uses (1 John 2:16); pride leads us to question God (Genesis 3:4-6; Job 40:2) and think we don’t need God (Revelation 3:17)

Cast Your Anxiety on the Lord (v. 7)

  • We are not to worry about the things of this life (Matthew 6:25, 34) – this will leave us unfruitful (Luke 8:14)
  • Be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6-7) – instead, we must take our requests to God in prayer; this causes us to recognize our dependence upon Him (Psalm 8:3-4; Matthew 5:45); should also lead us to recognize what is truly important (Matthew 6:33-34)
  • If Satan can keep us focusing on our anxieties, he will prevent us from serving the Lord as we should

Be Sober and Alert (v. 8)

  • Peter discussed the idea of being sober already (1 Peter 1:13; 4:7) – calm and collected; we must be in control of our emotions, not controlled by them; we must learn self-control (2 Peter 1:6)
  • We are to be on the alert (cf. 1 Corinthians 16:13) – there is always a danger that we can fall (1 Corinthians 10:12); temptations can come when we do not expect (cf. Job 1:1-3, 10, 13-19)

The Threat of the Devil (v. 8)

  • He is our adversary – he may tout the “benefits” of sin (Genesis 3:5); but he is our enemy
  • He prowls around – does not remain still; we are never free from his threat
  • He is like a roaring lion – more powerful than we are, but we can overcome through Christ (1 John 2:14; 1:10, 7)
  • He is seeking to devour us – was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44); he is trying to destroy us eternally (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Resist Him with a Firm Faith (v. 9)

  • He is able to be resisted – it is up to us to make the choice to do so; God has promised a way of escape with each temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13), but we must take it
  • We resist him by remaining firm in our faith – faith is the victory (1 John 5:4); no matter what opposition the devil puts against us, we must be faithful until death (Revelation 2:10); if we will be faithful until death, we will receive our reward

We Will Suffer Only for a Little While (v. 10)

  • We will suffer in this life – previously discussed suffering as a Christian (1 Peter 4:16); we will also be tested and tempted by the devil; we must be “sober” and “alert” (1 Peter 5:8)
  • This will only last “a little while” – momentary (2 Corinthians 4:17); we must not allow temporary trials and temptations to cause us to lose out on our reward

Conclusion

  • By the faith we have through God’s word and the way of escape He has promised (Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 10:13), we can resist the devil
  • Satan wants to destroy us – but by the grace of God, we can be perfected, confirmed, strengthened, and established (1 Peter 5:10)

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