"Be sober, Be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." 1Peter 5:8, 9
IN JESUS TODAY!
Are we in the faith or are we in the world? What's the difference? How can we know? To be "in the faith" is first to have faith and we know that, "faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17 Now to be in this we must actively place our lives in what we have heard. We can have faith, we can hear faith, but to be in this faith that we acquire through hearing, we must put our life in it. in other words, we can't simply say, I have heard it, we must not only hear it, believe it, confess it, but we also must live it! This is, "In the faith" and to effectively resist the devil we must be, "In the faith" Being in the faith equips us with the tools that enables us to resist. What the difference? The difference is that for those that are, "In the faith" the devil cannot accomplish the things that he desires, all of which are meant to harm us, to steal, kill, and destroy us. John 10:10a. He cannot accomplish these because we live "in the faith" and we resist him, but when a person is not, "in the faith" but instead chooses to live, "In the world" they do not hear God's word, or even if they hear God's word, they don't confess God's word, or even if the hear and confess God's word, they still refuse to live in God's word, then they are not, "In the faith" but rather, they are still, "In the world" because this is what they live in. We know that the just shall "live" by faith not only hear of it, or not only confess it, but, "live" by it! And furthermore, we know that if the devil is not resisted he will have his way of destruction in our life, as it is written, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." James 4: 7b.
When we fail to resist him, he will stay until his job is complete. For those that fail to live in the faith and instead choose to live in the world, the devil's deeds are easily accomplished. This is the difference, not that the devil doesn't try with all, but that when we are, "In the faith" he doesn't succeed! Choose to live in the faith! Choose Life!