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Concluding Thoughts on Chapter 1 – The Enemy
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
If I had but one word to describe Peter, I might choose the word, “eager.” Peter was eager to serve. He was zealous for God. He’s the one that we see stepping out of the boat (Matthew 14) to walk on the water with Jesus. He’s one of the two that ran to the tomb the morning they discovered that Jesus was gone, he’s the one that swore to stand with Jesus whatever may come, and he’s the one that denied him three times.
Peter learned his lesson the hard way. He discovered that Satan is sly. He saw the subtle way he deceives, and how quickly he can attack. He came to understand first-hand that the war between the flesh and the spirit is real.
He was one of the few. A dedicated servant of God who was willing to die for his faith, yet when he was tested he fell.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12, KJV)
Take heed. Stand firm. Resist steadfast in the faith. The Bible tells us that while the Spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. We might very well have the best intentions, but if our flesh is not brought under subjection to the Spirit we’ll fall again and again.
We have a warning. And Peter too had a warning.
Jesus told him, “Simon, Satan desires to sift you like wheat.”
But Peter couldn’t see it. He didn’t realize how easy it is for one to succumb to temptation, “I am ready to go with thee, both into prison and to death,” he said.
And then, just a few verses later, Jesus tells the disciples to pray lest they fall into temptation. And what did they do? They slept.
How many of us are sleeping right now? We’ve been given the warning to stand guard and to pray, but are we heeding the call? Do we realize the potential danger we’re in, or are we ignoring that fact?
Satan will do all he can to destroy us and bring us down, but he doesn’t have the power to make choices for us. He can’t steal our joy, rob us of peace, or destroy our faith unless we allow it. And so, I encourage you to stand strong, stay alert, and hold fast to your faith. Look for the joy in the simplicity of everyday life. Enjoy the moment you’re in and trust God to align things tomorrow.
Satan’s principal aim with believers is to bring their appetites and his temptations together; to get their souls into a dry, seared state, and then to strike the match and make them burn. – Charles Spurgeon
Answer Key for Chapter 1:
Q. According to a survey conducted by the Barna Group, what percentage of people who refer to themselves as “Christian” believe Satan is just a symbol of evil, and not a living being?
Q. Which two realms are mentioned in this chapter?
A. The physical realm and the spiritual realm.
Q. What does Revelation 12:4 say? Write the verse out here:
A. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. (NIV)
Q. What does Satan masquerade as?
A. An angel of light.
Q. Who is known as The Ruler of This World?
Q. What does James 4:7 teach us about handling temptation?
A. It tells us to submit ourselves to God. To resist temptation and Satan will flee from us.
Q. Peter warns us about the dangers of Satan, but then reveals to us how we are to overcome him. What is Peter’s advice to us?
A. Resist him. Stand firm in the faith.
Q. What are the different names given or used to describe Satan in the Bible?
Job 1:6 – Satan
Isaiah 14:12 – Morning Star
Ezekiel 28:14 – Guardian Cherub
Matthew 4:1 – The Devil
Matthew 4:3 – The Tempter
Matthew 9:34 – Prince of Demons
Matthew 12:24 – Beelzebul
Matthew 13:19 – The Evil One
John 14:30 – Prince of This World
2 Corinthians 4:4 – The God of This Age
2 Corinthians 6:15 – Belial
Ephesians 2:2 – The Ruler of the Kingdom of the Air
Revelation 9:11 – Apollyon
Revelation 12:9 – The Great Dragon, The Ancient Serpent, The Devil, and Satan
Revelation 12:10 – The Accuser of Our Brothers and Sisters
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About the Author
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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