Watch Out For The Devil!

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:9 HCSB

I once attended a men's conference and to illustrate a point, the speaker had set several bear traps on the stage. He then introduced his son and proceeded to blindfold him. He positioned his son on one side of the stage and asked the audience to be completely silent so he could give his son exact instructions on how to walk through the bear traps to the other side of the stage without getting hurt. The audience was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The speaker slowly instructed his son to take so many steps forward and then turn a certain direction and walk so many steps. He would then tell him to turn another direction and walk a certain number of steps. When the son reached the other side of the stage safely, the father hugged him and the audience exploded with applause.

The point of the illustration was that the Devil sets traps in our path to try to trap us and to hurt us, but if we will listen to our Heavenly Father's voice we can avoid the traps of life and reach the other side safely. Peter reminds us in this verse that the Devil is like a lion looking for a person he can devour. I think the Devil views Christians much like a big juicy steak and works overtime on getting them to fall into one of his traps. He works even harder on ministers and people in positions of authority because he knows that by destroying their lives he not only destroys the life of that individual but also impacts the lives of those they lead in some way.

Challenge: Do not be the Devil's supper. Be alert and on your guard so you can defeat the Devil. Read God's Word and memorize 1 Peter 5:9 along with others so you can resist the Devil's temptation and be victorious. Pray for your ministers and leaders that they might not fall into temptation.

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