8-11 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. I Peter 5:8-11 Msg (the Message is a paraphrase)
I remember writing a devotion years ago about the devil is like a lion roaring, seeking whom he may devour. Did you know that the purpose of a lion’s roar is to transfix and actually paralyze its prey? Well, that is what the enemy would like to do to you. Paralyze you in fear, so much, so that it consumes you, instead of picking up your sword of faith and going forward into battle. He likes to distract us from prayer, from ministry, and from focusing on Jesus. The enemy would love to do nothing more than kill, rob and destroy you. If he can simply conquer you by making you afraid (paralyzing you in fear) then he has nothing to worry about.
The second thing that I noticed is that most usually, the Lion represents Christ, however the enemy loves to counterfeit the King. He has counterfeited so many things of the Lord, twisting them about until they are so distorted and nothing like the original, our Abba Father. The Word of God says that he comes as an angel of light (total counterfeit). It says in 2 Cor. 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
This morning I was reading from Reality Exercises to Develop the Inner Man, by Janice Seney. I found it funny that just as God reminded me about my devotional that I had done before, that this would be one of the first things that I read in her booklet. I would like to quote her prayer.
“Knowing that my enemy roams about like a lion seeking someone who will allow him to devour them, I bring myself under the mighty hand of God, casting all my care over on Him. I am calm and watchful. As the enemy approaches I stand firm and resist him because I understand he uses the same methods on us all. As I stand firm in faith, under pressure, then my God will make me mature, establish me, strengthen me and settle me.”
If the enemy has been roaring in your life, know that he is looking for an opportunity to scare and distract you. Keep your focus on Jesus and keep praying. God’s Word will prevail and it never fails. I hope that this speaks to someone today. God is faithful and bigger than any circumstance.