Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
1 Peter 5:8-9
In my Bible (Spirit Filled Life Bible – NKJV), the above passage has the following explanatory footnote below:
Resist: The active imperative indicates an assertive stance against the Adversary’s operations. Because of the Devil’s aggressive hostility, Christians must be spiritually alert, not only to withstand his attacks (employing the armor described in Eph. 6:10-18), but in prayer and spiritual warfare opposing him.
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- Are you asserting the authority Christ has given you?
- Are you opposing the advances of the Enemy against you and your loved ones?
Spiritual warriors and prayer-interns, be sure to put on God’s protective armour before doing so!