by John Barnett

What Can Satan Do to Us as Believers, If We Don’t Seek God’s Protection?
John Barnett
Matthew 6:13b, I Peter 5:1-11

San Bernardino’s attacks, the Paris attacks, and the Islamic turmoil across the world all point to the reality and proximity to each one of us of terrorism. To make matters worse, today, the most cunning terrorist in the Universe is actually stalking us today.

As Christ’s followers:
What Can Satan Do to Us, as Believers, If We Don’t Seek God’s Protection?

That is our focus today. As we open to 1 Peter 5 we learn that Satan is not only God’s adversary, he is ours.
He is coming after each of us who leave the door open to him.
He can devour us at any time we let the defensive perimeter down.
He is able to penetrate any safe room, secure location, and security system.
He is un-seeable, un-detectable, and un-stoppable: except by one security system, God’s.

The Only Security System Against the Devil is: God’s
This morning as we continue our study of the Lord’s Prayer we have come to this topic:
What Can Satan Do to Us, as Believers, If We Don’t Seek God’s Protection?
Satan can swallow us, devour us, and render us useless for God’s purposes, if we let him.
Open with me to 1 Peter 5.

1 Peter 5:1-11 (NKJV) The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. 5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.’’ 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand ...

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