take back some territory
cause you to worry
Go with me to 1 Peter 5:1-7
Peter is giving the church instruction. He knows what he is talking about. He has been there done that. He discusses the things of great importance, things we need to know.
“The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
V2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
V3Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
V4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
V5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for god resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
V6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
V7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Do you think Peter is talking to Christians? Of course he is. He is talking to those who are saved and to those who are filled with the Holy Spirit,
Let’s read on starting at verse 8
1 Peter 5:8-11
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
V9 Who resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
V10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
V11 To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Your true adversary - Your true enemy is satan. Sometimes you think your enemy is a person, your husband, your friends, your boss - but the root of what makes them seem like the enemy is satan himself - using every open door or devise that you give him.
Why this talk about satan?
See, when you get close to Jesus you become satans worst enemy, and he yours. He is out to sift you like wheat through a sieve."
Excerpt from Tools Of The Enemy by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2016