“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. So resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brothers and sisters who are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:6-10
I love the fact that it is Peter who is writing a message of resistance. Peter, the disciple who proudly proclaimed he would never desert the Lord Jesus…even if everyone else fled! This is the same Peter who boldly scolded the Lord, that He would surely not die!
Peter had experiential knowledge regarding how our enemy assaults the mind.
The tool of our spiritual resistance begins and ends in the form of our choices. When the voice of his enemy tempted Peter to boast of his loyalty to Jesus, Peter failed to recognize the source and then chose poorly. With time and practice, Peter began to deftly use the spiritual tool in his toolbox to state: ‘Be of sober spirit, be on the alert’. Peter knew exactly what it was like to have Satan manipulate him like a puppet.
My wife has made a decision to no longer honor me as her husband. Caught off guard and reeling, there were voices both internally and externally, that were giving me all sorts of advice. Like Peter, I could curse and make brash proclamations. Thank God, my wife did not have access to my thoughts! Over time, a long time, I began to recognize differences in the voices.
It is so easy to cave into my enemy’s voice. After all, just like Peter, it is a voice I had been listening to since our childhood. After receiving Jesus Christ as my Saviour, I began to find that ‘peace that passes all understanding’. That peace came in the form of wielding my tool of resistance: Who would I listen to? Whom would I choose to serve?
As I began to embrace the Word, my peace grew. ‘Bless and curse not!’ ‘Husbands, live with your wives with understanding, knowing she is the soft and weaker vessel.’ And the biggie for me…’ real love does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered. I had to choose to kill the scorekeeper! He was my enemy and not my wife.
If I am to be a disciple of Jesus, I must engage the tool of resistance every day. I must choose, moment by moment, whose voice will I follow? And as I become skilled in its use, I am far more successful in resisting temptations.
THE tool of resistance is our choice. The choice to be led by the Holy Spirit and His Word. When we choose to believe what the Lord has told us, believe in what He has accomplished and is doing now, those choices become the strongest tool.
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. – James 4:7-8
Daily Battle Order: Today take a moment and evaluate the voices you hear. Remember, your enemy will not assault you at your strongest moments but will wait for a time of discouragement or disappointment. Practice using the tool of choice wisely today, so that on the day of battle, you can recognize who is speaking to you. If we practice our resistance in the day, we will be more ready for the night.
“If you have run with infantrymen and they have tired you out, How can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket by the Jordan? – Jeremiah 15:15
Tomorrow we will focus on taking every thought captive to obey Christ.