I Peter 5:8 (NIV) says, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” There are two types of people in this world. Those Satan can devour, and those He can’t. Which one are you? How do you know which category you fall into? Satan is always on the lookout for weak Christians who don’t know who they are in Christ. He can only devour and prey upon certain people, not everyone.
We always focus in on the verse cited above. However, Peter says in verse 5, “All of you…” and then gives a series of directives. Next, he makes the statement about Satan’s ability to devour people. That means the devil will devour those who fail to follow all of Peter’s instructions. Therefore, let’s focus on those verses so we can glean insight. You won’t be devoured if the following words describe you:
- Humble – I Peter 5:5 says, “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Satan will not be able to devour those who remain humble and dependent upon God. The grace He bestows will keep you from being overcome by the evil one.
- “Care-Caster” – I Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Those who refuse to operate in self-sufficiency will be able to defeat Satan. When we depend on God to work out our problematic situations, the devil will not be able to get us to engage in “works of the flesh” and leave God out. On the contrary, we are no match for the enemy alone, and the devil will wear us out if we fail to get God involved and try to fight him in our own strength.
- Self-controlled – I Peter 5:8 tells us to be self-controlled. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). When we give into temptation and sin, it’s because self-control has gone on vacation. When we lack self-control, we end up getting into situations where we lose the protection of God. We put ourselves in position to be devoured by our adversary.
- Alert – I Peter 5:8 also says that we are to be alert if we are to avoid being devoured by Satan. That means that we must know what the Word says and how to use our authority in Christ. We must be aware of the enemy’s tactics and be ready to wield the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, at a moment’s notice. If we are not vigilant and on guard, we will be ambushed and defeated by Satan.
So being devoured by the enemy is matter of choice. If you want to avoid having your life destroyed by the “roaring lion,” stay humble, cast your care on God, practice the fruit of the Spirit of self-control, and stay alert. Satan is no match for you and your Heavenly Father when you make it your business to obey the Word.
What has God told you to do to keep Satan from devouring you? Leave a comment below.
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