Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. (1 Peter 5:8, 9 ESV)
Here we find that the devil is our adversary and intends to devour God’s people. How so? He comes at us in very clever ways. He comes as our adversary, ready to remind you of all your guilt in order to keep you from God. He comes with enticing worldly pleasures that tempt us where we are weak. He rationalizes temptations so that they don’t appear as temptations. These are all subtle ways of attack, sneaking up on us when we least expect it. But he also comes head on with the persecution of Christians because of their faith.
We are called to resist him. We do that be believing the gospel. The gospel defends us in the face of the devil’s accusations because we know we stand forgiven. Yes we sin, but our guilt is taken away on the cross of Jesus. The gospel protects us from the allures of the world as it points us to the superior beauty of God and the treasures of heaven. And the gospel equips us to stand firm in the face of suffering because we see Jesus enduring the ultimate suffering and yet rising from the dead.
In what ways have you resisted the devil?
Ask God for humility so that you might lean on the strength of God in the gospel to resist the schemes of the devil.
McCheyne’s reading plan: 1 Ch 24-25, 1 Pe 5, Mi 3, Ps 104