Key Verse | 1 Peter 5:8-9

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.

Scripture | 1 Peter 5


Shepherd the Flock of God

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, 1 5:2 Some manuscripts omit exercising oversight not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; 2 5:2 Some manuscripts omit as God would have you not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 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. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with the kiss of love.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Footnotes

[1] 5:2 Some manuscripts omit exercising oversight
[2] 5:2 Some manuscripts omit as God would have you

Stay Alert 



Devo | 1 Peter 5

If there is one thing the last couple of years has taught us, it is to STAY ALERT. I'm not a frequent visitor of the national news; it's just not in my rhythm of life to have coffee or tea and turn...

If there is one thing the last couple of years has taught us, it is to STAY ALERT. I'm not a frequent visitor of the national news; it's just not in my rhythm of life to have coffee or tea and turn on CNN. However, since COVID-19 and other national issues have surfaced, I have become more aware and alert to what is going on around me. In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter urges the Christians living in Asia Minor to be on the lookout.

"Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are." (1 Peter 5:8-9, NLT)

We all have a common enemy who is the devil. I love that these verses tell us that the devil prowls around "like" a roaring lion (the keyword is "like"). During Halloween, kids dress up "like" different things. I have seen kids dress up as pirates, policemen, sharks, etc. Even though they dress up "like" these things, it does not mean they possess the qualities of them. And just because the devil prowls around "like" a roaring lion, it does not mean he possesses the qualities of one. Do not get me wrong; the enemy does have power, but let me tell you something, he is not omnipotent (ALL-POWERFUL) like the God of the Bible. So, like 1 Peter 5:9 says, stand firm against your enemy and be strong. Remember, it is not through your power but through the power of God that you are able to stand firm and be strong.

Discussion Questions

1. What's an area in your life that you need to stay alert and watchful?

2. Where in your life do you need to stand firm?

Meet Amber Walker

Good morning, everyone. I hope you've already made your coffee and your morning is starting off well. My name is Amber Walker. I was born and raised in Southern California, and after getting married, my husband and I decided to start our family here in Dallas. We have been married for seven years and have three beautiful children. After searching the world for 20-plus years and still feeling empty, I dedicated my life to Christ on June 26, 2012. I have tasted and seen the goodness of God, and it is my prayer that others would also taste and see. 

6 Comments available

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

GM Amber! So glad you guys are here! Thank you for loving and serving us so well. I love your key verse. A life verse for me. I first discovered it in Prodigal where I began to understand that Satan the snake was deceiving me and Satan the Lion wants to devour me. Only when I fully trust, surrender and obey do I stand a chance.

Q1. All areas. But particularly how Satan is using my prodigals to draw me off mission.

Constable notes I have a threefold enemy; The World, The Flesh and The Devil. My solutions are to flee, deny and resist. Peter is a combat veteran. He knows the power of Satan and that only the power of the Holy Spirit can equip me, (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

Q2. My primary call to stand firm comes in shepherding others and in co-leading in ministries. I LOVE the images from Psalm 23. Through David, God calls me to be humble and submissive to Him as I seek to proclaim, (Exodus 19:5-6), witness, (Acts 1:8) and teach, (Matthew 28:19-20). This short book on Psalm 23 has hugely increased my understanding; https://www.amazon.com/Shepherd-Looks-Keller-Phillip-Paperback/dp/B00MXBDXQM/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=a+shepherd+looks+at+psalm+23+phillip+keller&qid=1659239632&s=books&sprefix=a+shepherd+%2Cstripbooks%2C205&sr=1-2

This is such a powerful chapter for just 14 verses.

I note that Peter’s call for peace, (Shalom), in verse 14 links back to his opening prayer for shalom in chapter 1 v2. I link to Philippians 4:6-7, (peace) and Matthew 11:28-30, (rest).

In between 1:2 and 5:14 is a great set of teachings for me on hope, holiness, humility, submission, marriage, suffering, stewardship, shepherding, and spiritual battles.

I love Constable’s three-word summary; Shepherd, Submit and Stand Firm.

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

From all this my take-a-way is to embrace the truth that this world is not my home. God has a much better place built a place for me. Until Jesus either comes to get me or calls me home I am called, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to live out every one of the exhortations and commands He gives me through Peter. Most importantly, I am to regard my mission as a battle field against a powerful three-fold enemy. I have no chance on my own- but with the God of angel armies at my side I know the war is already won, even though the battle rages on.

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

Peter didn’t try to ‘pul rank’ instead “… I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder …”

Peter also addressed the elders not just pastors. Pastor is actually used seldom in the New Testament (once in Ephesians I think ) and elder much more.

Sue Bohlin 4 months ago

Great devo, Amber! Thank you.

I loved the simple exhortation to “clothe yourselves with humility.” Just like choosing our clothes and donning our garments involves a choice each morning, humility is a mindset choice.

The longer I serve in re:gen, the more I agree with C.S. Lewis that pride leads to all other sins. Every sin can be traced back to indulging self. It’s hard to fight against the spiritual gravity of pride/self–no wonder the scriptures reassure us that God gives grace to the humble!

Linda Green 4 months ago

Appreciate you pointing out the devil being “like” versus actually being a lion. Jesus IS the Lion of the tribe of Judah! (Revelation 5:5)

Seeing the flock, the Chief Shepherd, and the adversary. (1 Peter 5:2,4,8). A flock of sheep has to stick together and run to the Shepherd to keep from being devoured. He is our only defense.

Have always loved 1 Peter 5:7. Seeing how choosing to be humble is a part of this. Laying aside pride and clothing myself in humility - hate to admit that makes me feel anxious sometimes. But I can hand my anxiety to Him, because He loves me and is caring for me. Laying aside pride is worth it.

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