“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8–9, NIV 1984).
My Musings – This is one of those familiar texts. So familiar, in fact, that we sometimes have a tendency to speed through it thinking, “yeah, I got this.”
- Self-controlled – restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires. When dealing with “roaring lion,” responding impulsively or emotionally is dangerous, and an indication that one is not prepared for Spiritual warfare.
- Alert – a state of careful watching and readiness especially for danger or opportunity. Watching for signs of danger so you aren’t taken by surprise. But even that is insufficient, if you are not prepared and ready to engage in battle. Know your enemy, know his tactics, know how to best defend against him.
- Resist – to exert force in opposition. But only in “His mighty power,” using the weapons He has provided to do battle with a spiritual adversary. Going forth in opposition in our own power, using our own resources is sheer folly.
- Stand Firm – to refuse to change a decision, position. Even the slightest concession will be used by the adversary to cause you to fall. Any sign of spiritual weakness will be used b him to his advantage and your disadvantage.
My Advice – Spiritual warfare is as old as Eden. We are not alone. “[our] brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of [attacks]. But take heart, because Jesus has overcome the evil one. The devil is trying to win as many battles as he can, knowing that he has already lost the war. Do not be a casualty. No retreat, no surrender.