We should honestly face the truth that we have an adversary, and he is out to get us. He is determined to turn us away from following God, and we are no match for him.
Satan comes to us in different ways. While it is a comfort to realize that he does not know everything, it seems that he knows where and when we are the weakest, and he attacks us at those points.
When you awoke this morning, did you find him already working against your soul? Did he cast doubt on God’s love for you, because of yesterday’s unusual pain? Did he taunt you as he did Christ, “If you are a son of God, why would He allow such affliction to come to you?” Has Satan been attacking you through your mind, with impure thoughts that come because you have too much time to think (perhaps in a literal prison or in the confines of a handicapped body)? Did he tempt you with despair?
Let us be comforted and renewed as we ponder the victory of our Lord Jesus and the exhortation of Peter. First of all, be humble under God’s almighty hand. Pride plays right into the devil’s hand. You cannot find victory if you remain in your pride.
Second, cast every care on Him. Recognize that you can overcome only through Him. He cares about your victory. Then be sober. Sin is no laughing matter.
Lastly, be vigilant in your faithful resistance to the suggestions of Satan. Remember that he cares nothing about your joy. But Christ greatly desires that His “joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11).