We live in a cruel world with Satan as the master-mind behind attacks on so many faithful followers of Jesus. He uses different means depending on where we are in the world and our specific circumstances. What we may suffer in the Western World is not the same as in Iraq, Pakistan, China or North Korea. As disciples of Jesus, we will suffer in some manner.
Peter tells persecuted believers to “Resist him (your adversary the devil),firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:9). Whatever degree of persecution or suffering for Christ we are going through, the admonition is the same for all; “Resist him (your adversary the devil),” not in carnal ways, but by “actively opposing the pressure or power” from the devil in yourself so that he does not weaken your faith. Stand “firm in your faith.” Be not moved away from our hope in Christ!
Paul adds to the verse we have been looking at; “Only…I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.” (Philippians 1:27–28). Notice that Stand together “firm in your faith” becomes a message to those who oppose us. If we are living the Gospel, their opposition is not against us, but against the Author of the Gospel.
These attitudes are necessary if the power of the Gospel is going to reach the lost. Live by the promise and power of God, not by the fear and intimidation of men.
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