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“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
When Satan pounces directly on an issue in my life, the Word tells me to be bold, be faithful. During a challenge, it’s natural for a believer to go directly to God and remember He’s in control. I have dealt with cancer twice in my life and felt especially close to God through the challenges. Praying for strength and healing, I relied on the Word for peace.
But it hasn’t always been that way. During one particular college year, my daily life was a cesspool of sin. I had no personal time with God and bad influences lead to one mistake after another. I ran with a wild crowd, ignored all the signs of trouble and avoided good influences. I spent Sunday mornings sleeping off the night before and avoided Christian friends that made me feel guilty.
It didn’t take long before Satan roared, tore at my weak spot and defeated me to my knees. From that position, I could only look up to the redeeming face and arms of Christ. After much God-aided effort and several months of waiting on His time, the Great Comforter squelched the beast I’d allowed into my life.
First Peter tells us, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion.” Lucifer takes advantage of times when we’re not alert. He sees our weakness, knows our vulnerabilities. If our lives are smooth, it’s easy to drop our guard, neglect daily time in the Word and even neglect our prayer life. When a Bible gathers dust, a relationship with God becomes a stagnant pool of water –foul and muddied.
As I’ve aged, I’ve become more aware of my weaknesses. I try to keep alert and avoid people and circumstances that make me vulnerable. Daily prayer, time spent listening for His voice and remaining in His word are necessary. This daily walk with Christ grounds the lion into submission and keeps me out of the clutches of Lucifer’s flesh-ripping claws.
Questions: When was the last time you allowed the lion through the gate? What do you do to keep the lion at bay?