“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 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.
To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1Pet 5:5-11)
We are in a season of spiritual warfare. The devil has been attacking us but there is no way back! We shall trust God to the end! The victory is sure!
The Christian life is not a life full of cares, anxieties, fears and troubles. We are to bring all these to God. But the Christian life is not an irresponsible or careless life. There is a battle going on in the heavenly realms. If you are ready or not, if you believe or not, there is a war. Jesus has won the victory on our behalf at the Cross. But we need to apply His victory in our daily lives. Pride is an issue for many Christians. We are commended to be humble and wise; submitting to God and to the authority God has placed over us!
If you are a child of God, the devil is your personal adversary. An adversary is an enemy who opposes and resists you. He is seeking to injure, confuse, intimidate and overthrow you. There is no Christian who is immune to the attacks of the devil. He attacks believers all over the world. That means the attacks are very common.
The devil is your personal enemy. If you are ignorant of this, you are already losing the battle. If you are born again, the devil cannot destroy your salvation. But he can do much damage to your joy, your finances, your marriage, children and ministry. An enemy is one who has opposing interests. The devil wants to overthrow you, to cause you to fall from your secure position, to defeat you, to break you down emotionally and to trouble you mentally. If you live a godly life, you shall be attacked by the devil. The devil wants to bring condemnation and guilt on you. He will lie to you that forgiveness is not permanent and you shall still be punished for your sins. The devil wants to intimidate you with the lion’s roar. He wants to ‘devour’ you. That word means to swallow you alive. Like the crocodile or like the boa snake, he has a great appetite to destroy souls. For example, an unbeliever can just be swallowed by the devil leaving no trace behind. The following verses describe the action of the devil on the unbeliever. The devil cannot swallow the believer but he can do damage beyond words.
“For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more” (Ps 37:10)
What is the solution?
There are three specific commands:
To be sober! It means to be calm, moderate and serious in behavior; not addicted food, drinks, pleasure or sinful entertainment; serious about the things of God;
To be vigilant! It means to be watchful against danger; to discover good opportunities even in the midst of trouble; ready to seize the moment of opportunity!
To resist the devil steadfast in the faith! It means to exert force and opposing an enemy; to be engaged in warfare and stop the progress of the enemy.
The manifestations of victory:
The devil has been defeated on the Cross of Calvary. He is like a chicken without head, fighting like mad, doing harm where he can, if you allow him…
We must confirm the victory thru our faith in Jesus Christ and thru spiritual warfare. Faith to the end is victory. It manifests as spiritual promotion and increased anointing for ministry. To God be the glory!