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. 1 Peter 5:8-9
There are times when God will allow you to see difficulty as it approaches. When this happens, you can prepare for the battle through prayer and the study of His Word. Other times trouble strikes without warning. His Word offers insight into how He wants us to handle the battle.
Many of the problems we face are direct assaults sent by Satan with one thought in mind; destroy, discourage, disable God’s child. Throughout God’s Word, we are cautioned to be on the alert against the schemes of the devil (1 Peter 5:8-9).
Peter knew what he was talking about when he cautioned the early church. He understood what it was like to be the target of the enemy’s deception, and he was passing on the wisdom he had learned to others.
Every believer will face the same battle at one time or another. While Paul’s thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7) was believed to be physical in nature, it also was a direct result of the enemy’s attack. Satan sought to buffet him to the point of spiritual retreat.
Make no mistake about it: If Satan sought to undo Paul with discouragement, he will do the same to us. That is why Paul told us to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). Claim what God has provided you. This is your greatest shield and protection: His Word and the fact that you belong to Him.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace and power, which prepare me for battle.