Sunday, March 27, 2022
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1st Peter 5:8-11)
A believer’s growth may be hindered or halted by three distinct enemies: the Devil, the World, and the flesh. We are warned how the Devil walks or roams about like a lion. When lions hunt, they look for weak, young isolated, unguarded animals. They are the ones marked for attack by the devil.
The Devil’s ultimate agenda is to destroy us, not merely to hurt, maim, or discourage, but to devour and destroy us. He does when he gets us to bow to circumstances, pressures, or forces of his evil design, hoping thereby to make us yield to him.
To overcome adept a reverse: B.O.W. to Jesus, the One you Believe, Obey, and Worship. He overcame, refusing to bow to Satan’s devices (Matt. 4:8-10), and our growth in Him will bring the same ability to stand against the Devil (1st Pet. 5). Be clothed in the full armor of God; be armed with the Word of God (Eph. 6:10-14), believe Him (Heb. 11:6), obey Him (1st John 3:24) and worship Him (John 4:23). Receive Christ’s overcoming victory and then step out in faith and walk His victorious path through this wicked world.
You are loved, Pastor Don