Friday, May 19, 2023
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.
We do not live in a benign and gentle world. The evil one and his demons are constantly at work, trying to tempt, distract, and destroy us. Paul put it very plainly, yet bluntly, to Christians in Ephesus:
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 
Peter is writing to people in a similar location and with similar challenges to remind them to be spiritually alert! Why? Because our enemy is powerful, like a lion on the prowl looking for its next meal. Then, Peter adds two important pieces of insight:
We can strengthen our relationships with God and His children to help us stand firm and be strong! We can pray for each other, encourage each other, and support one another.  Having godly relationships empowers us to resist attacks from ungodly people and powers. The Spirit of God within us is strong than the evil powers of the dark world arrayed against us.  So, let's support each other, draw near to each in holy relationships, and draw close to our Father in heaven. We can find our strength in God and the family of God!
Almighty God of heavens armies, we pray for each other to remain strong under the oppressive attacks of the evil one. Strengthen our faith in you and deepen our relationships as we rely upon the strength and support of each other. We want to defeat the power of the evil one in our lives, so strengthen us with the power of the Holy Spirit. We ask all this in the name of Jesus, our Savior, and Lord. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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