In 1 Peter 5:8-11, God gives us the condition necessary for remaining victorious over Satan and his schemes: Be sober, be vigilant—don’t let Satan deceive you. To heed this command, we must spend time with our Father. Spending time with the Lord and His Word is the only way to equip ourselves in the knowledge of God’s love, Christ’s victory, and our identity in Him.

Do not take lightly Satan’s desire to destroy you. Do not be flippant about your time with the Lord and His Word. The Scriptures are filled with examples of great men and women who failed to see the traps set for them.

The apostle Peter knew personally what it meant to be ambushed by our enemy, and he didn’t want us to make the same mistake. The Lord had told him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times” (see Matthew 26:34), but Peter failed to heed Christ’s warning—and he found himself ambushed.

Yet, Peter also knew what it meant to be restored. Have you ever been blindsided by temptation? Take heart! “[T]he God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, . . . will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10). The Lord can restore to you what the enemy has stolen.

Satan wants us to be so numb with activity that we have no time for anything else. Therefore, we must resist him and call on the Lord. We must be sober-minded and vigilant.

God, in His grace, is ready to give you the victory—empowering you to overcome Satan’s schemes to devour your faith. And His Word is one of your greatest weapons. Therefore, meditate on what He has done and how He has transformed your identity—and be encouraged. Spiritual warfare may be our reality as long as we live in this world, but Christ has already won the ultimate victory on the cross.

Prayer: Father, forgive me for neglecting to spend time with You and in Your Word. Give me the strength to seek Your face, that I may stand firm against Satan, remembering I am a child of the victorious King. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8-9).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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