Overcoming The Enemy
1 Peter 5:8-10 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
We see in 1 Peter 5 that there is an enemy who is on the prowl for us. That enemy is Satan. While many down play his existence and or his power Peter obviously doesn’t. Satan’s power and capabilities that we ignore to our won demise. Fortunately Peter gives us several ways to help us overcome our enemy. Let’s start by getting an idea who our enemy is.
Ezekiel 28 gives us the best picture of who the Satan is. First we are told that he was the seal of perfection (vs. 12) which means that he was an example to the other angels. Second we are told that he was a high ranking angel (vs. 13) and oversaw worship in Heaven (vs. 13). He was in God’s presence as one of His cherubs protecting Him (vs. 14). Satan was perfect until pride got a hold of him and made him desire to be worshipped like God. This caused God to throw him out of heaven along with one third of the angels who took his side. Satan now desires to take down as many of us as possible. He hates when we worship God because he knows the power of worship. He also prowls around looking to trip us up by temptation, doubt, and discouragement. Peter understand Satan’s tactics and gives us five ways to overcome the enemy.
1. Be Watchful: The first way to overcome the enemy is to be watchful. Peter tells us in verse 8 to be sober and vigilant. If we know that an enemy is going to attack us then we will be looking out for it. Don’t be blindsided! Look back at how you have stumbled before and notice the patterns and places he attacks you. Do you fall into lust? Stay away from those areas where it could happen. Be proactive and look out for it. Be vigilant about it by disciplining ourselves in prayer and study of God’s word. This will train our eyes for what to see.
2. Resist Him: When the attacks come fight back. Don’t give into temptation but fight it. Scripture tells us God gives us everything necessary to fight temptation. Defend yourselves. Look to the promises of God’s word. Take a stand and refuse to be moved. Understand that God is behind you. The fight might take time so see it through and don’t give in when you feel weak.
3. Look to Others: We must realize that we aren’t alone. The rest of the church goes through these attacks and we need to stand together. When someone goes down we need to come to their rescue and pick them up. When we feel like we are getting week we need to call on others in the church to lean on.
4. Trust in God: Vs. 10 says that after we have suffered awhile God will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. As we are being attacked realize that it is part of God’s plan to make us stronger. Who doesn’t want to be perfected or established? Well this comes from us withstanding the enemy. After it is all done we will be strengthened because of it and there will be this settling peace that comes over us because we realize God was with us in the midst of it all. Trust Him for your strength and He will pull you through. Things look bleak? Put your hope in Him because He never fails.
5. Worship Him: Vs. 11 says “To Him be the Glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. We need to fight fire with fire. If we want to overcome the enemy we must use tactics that work and that is Worship. It was because of Worship that Satan got kicked out of heaven in the first place. If we put our worship where it is intended we will connect ourselves to the power of God. Where we direct our heart is where we will go.
Let’s be aware that there is an enemy who is trying to take us down so be on the look out, resist him when he attacks, trust in God and direct your worship towards him.