BCL Grow: This Spiritual Battle — 1 Peter 5:8

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1 Peter 5:8 (Perseverance)

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Bible Passage

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.— 1 Peter 5:8

Quote

"{The Enemy] wants to claim you as his own for eternity. And if you have children, he wants them too. So what do we do? We take up spiritual weapons to fight this spiritual battle. We saturate ourselves, and our homes, in the Word of God.” — Nancy Guthrie, Even Better Than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible's Story Changes Everything About Your Story , p. 119.

Steps to Take

1. Reflect: Have you ever considered that you are in a battle? The Scripture teaches that God is at war with Satan, and Jesus was sent to defeat Satan. Jesus lived a righteous life and died a shameful death so that his righteousness would be given to those who believe in him and their sins would be forgiven. Jesus has crushed the head of Satan, and God’s family is a Spirit-filled army that wages a spiritual battle against Satan.

2. Consider: You behave differently when you realize you are in a battle. Picture a soldier wandering aimlessly across an active battle field accompanied by a family. This kind of action would be craziness. Yet how are we fighting the spiritual battle in our homes? Are we Sunday-only-Christians or when-its-convenient-to-be-Christians? Do our children see our actions, beliefs, and pursuits influenced daily by our love for Christ and his love for us? Do they see themselves as belonging to the Lord?

3. Action: Attending a faithful Christ-centered church is essential for every believer. God calls us to fellowship with our church family and join in public worship. Being a solo Christian is more dangerous than being a solo soldier on a battlefield because your spiritual wellbeing is at stake. Praying to God, reading his word, and speaking about him are important activities to do daily in the home. We and our children belong to God. By his grace and power, we pray he would help us act like it and be a faithful Christian family.