There is a lion outside!

There is a lion outside!  

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

1 Peter 5:6-9

 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

 9 Resist him, firm in your faith,

During World War II, the enemies of the Western allies were well-known. Imagine for a moment what it would be like on D-Day, June 6, 1944. You are a paratrooper and you are dropped behind enemy lines and must fight for your life to achieve your objectives. Many brave soldiers lost their lives in just that way.

For us as children of the King, spiritual warfare is much the same. Our enemy is well-known, and this world is his territory, his kingdom. He is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). We have been dropped behind enemy lines and must fight for our lives to achieve our Father’s objectives.  

Our enemy is the commander of a large force of evil-minded, wicked spirits. He is a brilliant strategist with great power. His goal is to control, dominate, and render us ineffective. We need to become aware of his strategy and be vigilant and prepared to resist

1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  

The devil has different poses. Sometimes he comes like a snake, seeking to lure people into moral corruption. Sometimes he disguises himself as an angel of light, attempting to deceive people in the spiritual realm. Here, as a roaring lion, he is bent on terrorizing God’s people . . . (MacDonald). The word “devil” means “the accuser, the slanderer, the word “Satan” means “adversary,” and the word “Lucifer” means “bringer of light.” 

We must never forget that we are in a spiritual war. Regardless of how well things may seem to be going for us, we live in a perpetual war zone. How many casualties occur because we think we live in a time of peace (Stanley)?

REFLECT & PRAY

Sadly, we often think that our struggles and sufferings are unique. We see ourselves as alone and misunderstood. This is a lie and a delusion! The Lord Jesus has been through it all.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

Father I am so ignorant of the enemy’s ploys and devices. I wonder how often he takes advantage of me. I struggle with incorrect thinking, unnecessary fears, and isolation. Help me to be alert, aware, and learn to resist. I am in the fight of my life.

INSIGHT

Our enemy is subtle and clever. It is though he has some type of vast intelligence network to spy out our weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and fears. He then strikes where we are most susceptible.

Often his attacks are in the area of our emotions. He makes clever use of anger and bitterness, and the desire to get even. These negative emotions give him a beachhead to do more destruction.

Ephesians 4:26-27

 26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.

Apparently, he is capable of projecting erroneous thoughts into our consciousness. That is why we are encouraged to examine our thinking and make sure it lines up with the Father’s truth as revealed in His word.

2 Corinthians 10:4 We tear down argumentsand every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ.

Although we should not worry, we must be sober and vigilant, because we have a powerful adversary, the devil. To be sober means to be serious-minded, to take a realistic approach to life, to be intelligent concerning the stratagems of Satan (MacDonald).

His strategy is to counterfeit whatever God does. According to the Parable of the Tares, wherever God plants a true Christian, Satan seeks to plant a counterfeit (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43). He would deceive us were it not for the Word of God and the Spirit of God (1 John 2:18-27). The better we know God’s Word, the keener our spiritual senses will be to detect Satan at work. We must be able to “try the spirits” and know the true from the false (1 John 4:1–6) (Wiersbe).

The Devil is loose in the world today and never tires or sleeps.

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