Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9
As Christians, we are called to stand firm against the devil, to be watchful, and to resist his scheming devices. But in all areas of our lives as believers, we are completely incapable to do these in our own strength. We don’t have enough strength or ability to stand firm against Satan. On our own, we would head into a losing battle.
Praise God that we are not alone. At those times, when we are called to do something far beyond our own ability, we learn a deeper dependence on Christ. He has promised not to leave us unequipped and alone in the struggle against Satan and sin. Ephesians 6 talks about the armor of God. He equips us for the battle. He protects us through His word, through other believers, and through the Holy Spirit. The battle might continue but the victory in Christ is secure!
When the apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christians, he was not suggesting that they view their conflict with the powers of darkness as a battle whose outcome still hung in the balance. He was telling them they needed to be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might; to stand firm; to use the spiritual armor – truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and God’s Word – to resist the schemes of the devil. They were to fight from a position of victory, not out of fear that Satan might make them toast. John MacArthur
We can resist the schemes of Satan and remain firm in our faith because we know that the victory is sure! Claim hold of the truths of God with confidence, knowing that no attack of Satan can overcome our God!