Evil with a D
On Christian blogs, you may find myriad articles on grace, truth, the Bible, the atoning work of Christ on the Cross, but you probably won’t find a lot of articles about the DEVIL. Well, you may say, why should we have to write about the devil? Shouldn’t we focus on what Christ did on the Cross rather than writing about His enemy? That may be valid in certain cases, but it is necessary to write about the devil, number one, because the Bible talks about the devil.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” –1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)
Perhaps this is a familiar passage of Scripture to some. The Bible describes the devil as a roaring lion who roams around seeking prey. But the Bible does not say for us to back down when the devil turns his gaze toward us; the Bible commands us to be sober and vigilant. The command here in 1 Peter 5:8 is two-fold: be sober. Don’t do anything that will take your focus away from the Spirit. As the Bible says in Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.” The second command in 1 Peter 5:8 is to be vigilant. What does it mean to be vigilant? Ephesians 6:11 gives us the answer:
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” –Ephesians 6:11 (KJV)
Now, that’s not all the Bible tells us to do concerning the devil. Let’s take a look at 1 Peter 5:9:
“Whom resist, stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” –1 Peter 5:9 (KJV)
The Bible commands us to resist the devil and commands us to be steadfast in the faith. The latter half of the verse serves as a verse of comfort, insomuch that we know that the same afflictions and persecutions are happening to our fellow Christians that are in the world. Basically, the Bible is saying that we are not alone in our encounters with the devil. Will you meditate on that today, my friend, and allow God to minister to You and help you resist the devil? Will you commit to being steadfast in the faith and being sober and vigilant in your fight with the devil?