Trust Must Be Protected

Series: Adventures In Dating And Marriage | Week 3: The Hope Of Intimacy

Read 1 Peter 5:8-9 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.


1. Who is our enemy?

2. What does Peter encourage us to do?

3. Who can empathize with us?


Lions attack animals that are sick, young, or on their own – animals that are the most vulnerable. Likewise, believers are constantly in danger of the enemy and can have less protection when they’re alone or distracted. God has the ultimate victory over Satan, and He provides things like the Holy Spirit, the truth of God’s Word, and the community of believers to help His people resist the enemy.

Satan hates our intimate, godly relationships because they protect us from him and bring us closer to God. We must remember that our marriages are under spiritual warfare so that we can stay alert to the devil’s schemes. He can use comparison, grudges, or unexpressed hurt to sow contempt into a marriage, which will degrade the trust in the relationship.

You don’t have to resist the devil on your own. If you trust Christ as your Savior and Lord, you have the Holy Spirit, your Helper and Advocate, dwelling in you. Protect the trust you have in your relationships – don't give the enemy a foothold. And remember, your fight isn’t against each other; it’s against the one attacking you.


How aware are you of the devil? When problems arise in your relationships, who do you first identify as the enemy?

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