1. As you pray for your study today, ask God to use His Word in your life as the writer of Hebrews prayed in Hebrews 13:20-21: “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen.”
  2. Read 1 Peter 5:6-9
  3. Not only are Christians to be humble with one another (5:5), but they are ultimately to be humble under the “mighty hand of God” (5:6).  The idea of the “mighty hand of God” is an Old Testament idiom that can be used of both God’s judgment and His deliverance.  In context here, it seems that Peter wanted to remind Christians that the circumstances of their lives (good and bad) were overseen by their God.  Does God’s sovereign authority over your life provide encouragement for you?  Why or why not?
  4. In 5:6-7, Peter gives a few reasons why we should trust God with our lives.  What are some of the reasons Peter lists here?
  5. What are some of the things that produce anxiety in your life?  What does it look like to “cast” those anxieties on God?
  6. Being “sober-minded” is similar to being self-controlled or disciplined.  Peter encourages believers to be disciplined and watchful for what reason in 5:8-9?
  7. If you were to summarize Peter’s command to Christians regarding Satan in 5:8-9, what would you say?
  8. Given the context of the entire letter of 1 Peter, why do you think Peter turns to talking  about Satan and his strategies at the end of this letter?
  9. In what way can Christians be “devoured” by Satan?
  10. How can you apply the principles this passage teaches about resisting Satan in your life today?

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