Satan Is Like A Roaring Lion

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8 Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.

-1 Peter 5:8 HCSB

How dangerous is the devil? He is looking for your total destruction, as you can see with the word “devour.”

Keyword: Devour

The word devour in Greek means to drown, swallow whole, and to be destroyed.

Satan’s purpose for Christians is to make them useless for God’s kingdom. He wants to drown your faith with hopelessness and discouragement. If you knew how much of an impact you truly are for Christ Jesus in this world, you wouldn’t be easily discouraged. The world through atheism, satanism, occultism, which all three are the same, are in full steam ahead in its attack against the truth, the Word of God.

Apostates like Bruce Gerencser, John Arthur, and Bart Ehrman, to name a few, have committed themselves to attack the person of the Lord Jesus Christ who they claim is not real and His followers, thus fulfilling God’s Word as found in…

18 “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you. 20 Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours. 21 But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they don’t know the One who sent Me.

-John 15:18-21 HCSB

The Word of God tells us that we must be “serious!” and “alert!” We must be composed and our mind’s free of anything that would take our focus away from God’s Word and in prayer, which is an essential element of being ready so that we won’t be taken by surprise.

Our strength is not found in our body or spirit, but the One who lives within us, the Holy Spirit. We fight the demonic forces in the strength of the Lord by putting on the Full Armor of God.

10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

-Ephesians 6:10-12 HCSB

Christian, you will always be a target. Anything that you do for God’s glory will always be met with hostility. The devil will send his followers like atheists, liberals, cults, who teach a different Jesus, and with other groups, [activist organizations] who are attacking Christianity. Stay strong because in 1 John 4:4 it says, “You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Satan is trying to divide white and black people through liberals who are socialists. For a white and black Christian, race does not exist, for we are much more of a brother than our kindred. We are one in Christ which supersedes race and we must support each other and stay away from BLM and cling to Jesus Christ who died for ALL lives.

Live for Christ, live for God’s Word, live for His will, and support your brothers in Christ Jesus, staying away from the world’s influence which goes against the Lord Jesus Christ.

The True Virus “The Devil”

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[John 8:44] 44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.

-The Virus-

The serpent or Satan the devil, murdered Adam and Eve in the very beginning by making them stumble through deception. He killed their relationship with God. Sin invaded their lives and induced spiritual and physical death.

[Job 2:4-7] 4 “Skin for skin! ” Satan answered the LORD. “A man will give up everything he owns in exchange for his life. 5 “But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 6 “Very well,” the LORD told Satan, “he is in your power; only spare his life.” 7 So Satan left the LORD’s presence and infected Job with terrible boils from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.

-The Virus-

Satan attacks men’s health to cause suffering so that the blame may be focused back on God to denounce one’s faith in Him. This attack is designed specifically for believers in Christ Jesus.

-God’s Purpose-

God allows such attacks for the Christian’s growth. Without it, our faith cannot be pushed, compelling us to trust in Jesus, thus developing and building us up into a mature man in Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ is in control. Prayer has to be the center of our life and devotion to the LORD. God’s Word must be our anchor so that we won’t drift away from sound doctrine (teachings) and find ourselves in a deceived state making our situation that much worse.

Take heart. Jesus Christ will never leave you.

The Virus, the devil is always looking for a way to destroy us, to make us ineffective for the kingdom of God.

[1 Peter 5:8] 8 Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.

When Does The Devil Attack You?

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John 12:9-11

9 Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

The Jewish leaders wanted to kill Lazarus because through what Jesus did in his life it gave him a testimony that was bringing people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

Satan will try to destroy you when it is evident that the Holy Spirit is using you. Every time you share God’s Word and tell them your testimony, remember, you will be attacked. It is vital to always be in the Word of God and in prayer so that your faith can be at its optimal. 

Revelation 12:10-11

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

To defeat the devil is by first placing our faith and trust in Jesus’ sacrifice.

When a person accepts the gift of Jesus Christ that He died on the cross to pay their debt of sins and after three days He rose from the grave, Jesus will give them His Holy Spirit who will dwell in them and give them eternal life. Their sins were sending them to hell but with faith in Jesus, their sins have been paid for and now they can go to heaven.

Second, our testimony of God working in us in spreading the gospel to others.  

A Christian who is actively doing God’s will is a defeat to the kingdom of darkness. 

 

God spoke to me when in my devotional reading I got to John 12. I wanted to share it with all of you.  -SpaniardVIII