Stand Firm

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

Be self-controlled and alert. 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 your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
(1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV))

Do you ever feel like you are facing something that no one else has ever faced before?

Isn’t it ironic that even in this feeling, you are not alone. Satan likes to get us off by ourselves, isolated and alone, so that he can deceive us and make us vulnerable to his lies. Satan realized that he cannot win based on the truth, so he tries to divide and conquer through lies and deception. Perhaps the biggest deception is the one that he uses to try to make us feel alone and isolated. He knows that when we feel that way, we are vulnerable to his other lies.

We are not alone. We have countless brothers and sisters in Christ who either are facing similar trials or have faced similar trials. They can pray for you as you can pray for them.

For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
(Matthew 18:20 (NIV))

Pray that each of you, or should I say, each of us, will have the strength to resist Satan and stand firm in our faith in Jesus.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
(James 4:7 (NIV))

The next time that you feel that you are all alone, don’t lose control. Take stock of your situation and praise and pray. Praise God for who He is. Praise God for sending His Son, Jesus. Pray for those who are suffering, and then pray for your troubles. Focus on God and, in so doing, resist the enemy.

You will never feel alone when you seek after God.

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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