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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Born to Be a Warrior
Saturday, June 14, 2014

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You have an enemy. Jesus called him the "father of Lies" (John 8:44). He is a thief bent only on stealing, killing, and destroying (John 10:10). He prowls like a hungry lion (v. 8). He is the devil, and he won't stop until he has completely cut you off from God. But you also have a friend more powerful than you can imagine. He is the God of the universe and when you have stood firm against the devil (v. 9), he will restore you (v. 10). So fight! You have a powerful ally and an unshakeable promise to take hold of.

  1. Why is humility so important prior to your battle against the devil? (See v. 6.)
  2. What are some ways that you can "stay alert" (v. 8) and "stand firm" (v. 9) when the devil comes around?
  3. What is the reward for standing firm against the devil? (See v. 10; James 4:6-8.)
  4. Share this week's readings with another man or your men's group and discuss how you can go to battle together.

Key Study Passage:

1 Peter 5:6-11

Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to cultivate the heart of a warrior in you; ask him to show you the causes he wants you to champion and to give you the strength to battle any latent sin in your heart.

1 Peter 5:6-11

6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters[a] all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to him forever! Amen.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, awaken a fighting spirit within me that seeks to defend what is right and advance your kingdom on earth.

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