RE Verse reading–1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:1-11 (day four)
The devil is our adversary.  He is prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  He is a formidable enemy, but he has been defeated already.  So how do we stand firm against him?  Verse 9 says, “But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”  Our response to the fiery ordeals, the suffering of our life, communicates fear and defeat or faith and triumph.  As a believer, we have the Spirit of glory and of God resting on us.  We can face suffering with a different perspective.  When God’s people suffer for being a Christian and submit to God in their suffering, He is glorified.  That is our goal in the Christian life…to bring glory to God.  Maybe we can’t see how our suffering can do that, but we have His promise that He is glorified in our humility.

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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