Grace To Resist The Devil (1 Peter 5:8-11)

Tim Cain, January 21, 2017
Part of the 1 Peter - Joy In Suffering series, preached at a Saturday Evening service

On the last night of Jesus’ life, Peter experienced first-hand the danger of overconfidence in himself. After watching the devil devour Judas and nearly destroy him as well, Peter now reaches out and pleads with his readers not to make the same mistakes that he made. In this passage Peter urges us to rightly assess our weaknesses, as well as to be aware of the prowling lion that is even now seeking to destroy us.

However, Peter’s point in describing the devil isn’t to make us anxious, it’s to make us humble. Peter knows that, as strong as the devil may be, there is one who is even stronger, and that His grace is sufficient because His power is made perfect in our weakness. This is the one whom Peter calls us to cling to, firm in our faith knowing that, after we have suffered a little while, our savior will come and bring us to His eternal glory.

Tags: 1 Peter, 1 Peter 5, El Cajon, Gospel, Grace, Jesus, Kaleo Church, Resist, Temptation

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1 Peter 5:8-11

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. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)