Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Preachers often use this verse because it sounds dramatic and has an impact but it’s so important to put it in context. 1 Peter was written to Christians in the early Church (new believers) who were facing trials. In this chapter he is addressing the younger generation in the church to stay humble. He was reminding them to not think they had all the answers and he was encouraging them to keep their faith and look to God for restoration, security and strength.
Here's the deal friends, trials are going to come. The Bible says so. God works them for good using them to come into deeper relationship with you and to build you up to help others when you come out the other side. Satan uses them to plant doubt.
You see, if Satan can convince you that there isn’t really a God (lie), if he can make you believe that even after you became a believer that your problems are still the same-if not worse (his attack), and that you are better off without believing in a God because it doesn’t improve your life anyway (lie). Then he wins. Satan steals your faith.
Believing requires endurance. Following Jesus requires faith. When we believe we no longer say this problem is too hard but we say I have a God who is bigger than this problem. We no longer say I can’t do this but rather pray to the one true God that can give us peace and hope. We no longer seek to be served up a “perfect life” but rather seek to serve. We stop seeing people as problems and start seeing them as unique individuals loved by Jesus. Our prayer then becomes for God to help us love others.
I'm just a girl, standing before my God, knowing that He loves me and wanting others to know that love too.