1 Peter 5:9
Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because
you know that your brothers throughout the world
are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Faith is Resistance
Earlier we looked at the
shield of faith and how a Christian should
use it. The shield provides resistance
against the fiery arrows of the devil.
Satan will attack us, we can be sure of that.
As a matter of fact, the stronger we stand in
our faith, the stronger the attacks will become
because Satan wishes to destroy us.
We are called to stand firm in our faith
however. We can't resist the attacks of
the devil on our own. All of our wisdom
and confidence and strength will not do anything
to protect us from the schemes of the devil.
Only by God's strength will we stand firm.
Faith means trusting that God is in control even
when things feel out of control and when we
would prefer to be in control. When we
believe that things are under our control, we
have no need for faith as we will try to manage
on our own. When things are out of hand,
that is when we need our faith.
Not only should we rest secure, knowing that God
is in control, we can be assured that we do not
suffer alone. Whatever trials we may face
in life, there are others who suffer alongside
of us. We can draw encouragement in seeing
how God is helping others through their battles
and they can draw strength from watching us as