8“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8-9
- Do you believe in the personified evil known and described in Scripture as the devil? Do you know some people who refuse to believe in such a being? What keeps people from believing?
- Peter portrays the enemy as a prowling roaring lion. The apostle Paul says the enemy “masquerades as an angel of light.” [2 Corinthians 11:14] What do those two very different images tell you about the enemy?
- With temptation appealing to pride and accusation to guilt and anxiety – can you see ways the enemy uses those two things in your own life and experience?
- The devil cannot make us do anything we don’t want to do – so we do have the ability to resist and stand firm. What are some things you can do and what spiritual disciplines you should practice to assist you in resisting and standing?