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1 Peter 5:8 – Guard Against the Devil

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour..

– 1 Peter 5:8

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

This verse tells us that we should always watch and pray, and keep the Lord’s teachings. Living in this materialistic society, every day we face various temptations from Satan, such as money, fame, status and evil lusts. Although we know that the best way to avoid temptation is to stay away from it, we are trapped in sin and cannot free ourselves. It is because after we were corrupted by Satan, various sins such as arrogance, deceit, selfishness, greed, and viciousness come into man’s heart, and Satan makes use of our preferences and desires to tempt us to betray God’s word, follow fleshly preferences to stray from God and even resist God, so that we will lose His salvation. Therefore, we must have fear for God in our hearts, keep watching and praying, rely on God and look to God in all things, be loyal and obedient to God, then we can receive God’s care and protection, triumph over various temptations of Satan and live before God. Just as God says, “When the forces of Satan attack My people, I am there to fend them off; when Satan’s plots wreak havoc in the lives of My people, I send it fleeing in a rout, once gone never to return. On earth, all manner of evil spirits are endlessly on the prowl for a place to rest, are ceaselessly searching for the corpses of men to eat up. My people! You must remain inside My care and protection. Never behave dissolutely! Never behave recklessly! Rather, offer up your loyalty in My house, and only with loyalty can you mount a countercharge against the devil’s cunning. Under no circumstances must you behave as in the past, doing one thing before My face and another behind My back—that way you are already beyond redemption. Surely I have uttered more than enough of words like these, have I not? It is precisely because man’s old nature is incorrigible that I have repeatedly reminded him. Do not get bored! All that I say is for the sake of ensuring your destiny!

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1 Peter 5-8

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