Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.
The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while. To him be dominion forever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:8-11
Peter here is warning believers to be aware of Satan’s deceitful practices and to resist him firmly. Such behavior is fitting for temporary residents of this world. Peter strengthened his readers with the knowledge that other Christians were also suffering. We must remember that God will strengthen and honor in heaven those who endure suffering for their faith while on earth.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Leviticus 16:29-18:30, Mark 7:24-8:10, Psalm 41:1-13 and Proverbs 10:15-16