Be alert and of sober mind. 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 the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
1 Peter 5:8,9
Resist the Devil
Temptation can come from looking at the world around you. So many things seem more important than the Word of God, and there is always someone who will validate those worldly things.
Temptation can also come from inside you. Sometimes, you aren’t even aware that a strong desire is wrong. Sometimes, you know a thought is wrong, but you have no idea how to resist it.
Your enemy, the devil, loves it when his work of temptation is done by the world or your sinful flesh. He is always looking to send people into despair because they realize their sinfulness.
Resist him. How? Stand firm in the faith. What does that mean? It means clinging to what Jesus has done for you as the truth, as the definition of who you are, and your confidence in the face of accusations from the devil.
When the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him, “I admit that I deserve death and hell. So what? I know the person who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God. He is in heaven now, and that’s where I will also be!”
The great sixteenth-century religious reformer Martin Luther said those words. You can say them too. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. The family of believers throughout the world is confessing that same truth.
Lord Jesus, thank you for sharing in our humanity and dying to break the power of the devil. Amen.