1 Peter 5:8-9
2-6-19, * -- This is a grave warning in 1 Peter 5:8 concerning the devil; it was given not only to young Christians, who often are easily tempted, but also to “the elders which are among you” (1 Pet 5:1). In fact, it seems that Satan’s greatest victories are won when he can cause the fall of a Christian leader, thereby not only destroying that leader’s influence for Christ, but also giving “great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme” (2 Samuel 12:14). The devil is a roaring lion, but he doesn’t come as such; if he did, the intended victim would flee - he's a deceiver as an angel of light. (2 Cor 11:14)
He is, above all, the one “which deceiveth the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). As he did with Mother Eve, the “subtle” one will insidiously appeal to our pride, or our aesthetic sense, or our appetite, or our desire for sensual or material things.
No wonder Peter could warn with such urgency; “Be sober, be vigilant.” He could speak from bitter experience. Satan had desired to “sift you as wheat,” Jesus had told him, but he foolishly boasted that he would stand true (Luke 22:31-34).
Note particularly that, in the context, Peter is especially warning against greed (1 Peter 5:2) and pride (vv. 5-6). We must not allow Satan to “get an advantage of us,” Paul says, “for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Though Satan is deceptive and powerful, we need never fall to his tempting if we simply— along with staying sober and vigilant — “submit [ourselves] therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Source
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