by John Barnett

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Worship, Humility and our Adversary the Devil (9 of 10)
Series: The Gospel of the New Beginning
John Barnett
1st Peter 5:5-9

This morning we are God's servants and living a life that worships God. But while we are living a life of worship we are being stalked by the most deadly and harmful predator in existence. His name is Satan our Adversary. His goal is to devour us, making us stop serving and worshiping God.

That is the warning we see in God's Word. And what does God say is our protection from being devoured? Of all things it is HUMILITY! Open with me again to I Peter 5.

1 Peter 5:5-9 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 of God, that He may exalt you in due time,7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

The word Peter uses for "humility" is Strong's # 5012 tapeinophrosune { tap-i-nof-ros-oo'-nay}; n f; 7 x KJV; GK - 5425 {tapeinofrosuvnh} = having a humble opinion of one's self, a deep sense of one's littleness, modesty, humility, lowliness of mind

Resisting the devil starts with humility (a deep sense of my littleness and God's greatness); when you resist pride you are resisting the devil's foothold in your life. Isn't it amazing that the two most pointed passages about believers and pride also include a warning about spiritual warfare? Both James 4 and this passage in Peter, cite the devil and his constant warfare against us in the context of pride.

Pride opens the door of our lives to the devouring influence of Satan.

Pride makes me always do things my way; and often do them ...

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