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A Defeated Enemy

A Defeated Enemy

Words of Faith 2-24-2020

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2020

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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1 Peter 5

       [8] Be self-

controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. [9] Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.


        You may have heard the powerful testimony of Clebe McClary, a well-known Christian speaker, and Viet Nam war hero.  He speaks of how he would be on patrol in Viet Nam at night.  Although exhausted when on patrol, he dared not sleep because that is when the enemy attacks.  McClary shares that ninety-eight percent of the fighting in Viet Nam went on at night, Guerilla warfare under cover of darkness. In such a situation, alertness and self-control are essential. Panic at the wrong time could leave you, or those depending on you, dead.

         Peter is clear.  We have an enemy.  He prowls around like a ravenous lion.  Have you ever watched a cat hunt?  It quietly stalks its prey waiting for just the right moment to pounce. Probably the worst thing the intended prey can do is panic and run.  Our enemy prowls in the darkness, hoping to find us asleep or hoping that we will panic.  Be self-controlled.  Be alert.  

          The Good News is that this enemy is not only defeat-able‑‑ he is defeated.  The Lord Jesus has won the battle of the night.  We must stand firm in that faith.  The only way that this enemy can get us is if we panic, run, or just give up.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

           Are you alert today?  We are so easily lulled into apathy by the world around us.  The voices of our culture say: "Nothing to worry about.  Nothing to fear."   Are you self controlled?  Or will the enemy get you with the first little temptation?  Resist him.  Stand firm in the faith. 


       Lord, Jesus, Keep me alert.  Give me the fruit of Your Spirit‑‑ self-control.  Give me the strength to resist the enemy You have already defeated, standing firm in the faith.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.


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