Scripture reading: Mark 1:32–35
Key verse: 2 Corinthians 11:3
I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Have you ever wondered why Peter was so quick to write a warning about Satan’s tactics? He was so committed to telling us the straightforward truth because he knew what it felt like to face Satan’s harshest trials.
Peter was the one who was tempted to deny Christ. He also was the one who allowed fear to enter his heart during a storm out on the Sea of Galilee. Both times, Peter underestimated the level of his faith and bypassed the fact that Satan was a powerful foe.
Peter’s word to the early church was to count Satan as their deceiving adversary, one who would stop at nothing to disrupt and, if possible, destroy their faith in Christ. Peter used the word resist to describe the posture we are to assume when facing the enemy. This is a powerful position to take. We resist Satan’s attacks by our belief in Christ.
Never enter into a talking or shouting match with the enemy. He will use that method to draw you away from your central focus—a focus that must be set firmly on Jesus Christ and His strength and ability.
You can do nothing in the spiritual realm apart from God. Therefore, when you battle the evil one, stay on your knees in prayer. Ask God to open your eyes to His faithfulness. Be encouraged. God is your victorious strength!
God, open my eyes to Your faithfulness. Help me recognize that You are my strength in the face of every temptation.