1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Has the devil ever tried to use your past against you?
You don’t even try to ask God to help you because you got into this mess, you’re going to have to get yourself out. This is coming from the devil. Satan is the accuser, a finger-pointer.
The roar of a lion strikes fear into smaller animals, into larger animals, because they know what comes next. That roar stuns its prey.
In the Bible verse, Peter said to be sober (thought process), be vigilant (to be on your guard, watchful, attentive). Be on the lookout to make sure there is no enemy that can gain entry into your residence, the residence of your mind.
Don’t ignore this or let your guard down. Don’t assume everything is all right. Be careful in all things, in what you do, what you think, what you say. Always be on high alert.
Be continually, perpetually vigilant.
That is not a one-time thing. You must be a person with an unwavering commitment to vigilance. The devil can be very sneaky. He lurks, he’s subtle, he wants to sneak up on you when you are unaware.
How can you be continually, perpetually vigilant? What changes in your thinking do you need to make in order to be always on high alert? What does this look like to you?
Jesus calls prayer watching.
Jesus likens prayer unto being vigilant. Prayer is being awake and watchful. Thieves know no law except one that’s enforced.
Keep your guard up at all times. When lions get hungry, they roar. If you hear the roaring of a lion, an attack is on its way.
The word ‘Adversary’ can also be translated ‘A prosecuting lawyer who argues against you in a court of law and sends you off to prison with laughter and joy.’ The devil tries to overtake you. He makes a case against you to influence the jury to sway their thinking and cast you away.
Don’t point out the faults in your brother in judgment. That is being like the adversary.
The devil is a liar and knows how to twist the truth. The Lord loves imperfect people, that’s why He gave His blood for you and me. Jesus loves you and cares for you even though you are imperfect.
The devil will even drag up facts, truths even, and twist them to condemn you. Poison doesn’t need much to kill you. You’ve got to catch it and be aware. Shut it down. The only way to fight the devil is through the Word of God.
God is the one in charge. It must be His will, not yours.
How do you use the weapons of prayer and God’s Word and faith against the devil?
Deut 6:16 “Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.”
Don’t expect God to give you whatever you want or whatever you think you need. He’s in charge. You are not. He knows best. You cannot.
You must be vigilant. Satan will say all kinds of things, like you’re a mess as a parent or you’ll never get a job or you’ll never be ‘good enough.’ Your current situation may be your fault, but God will help you if you ask Him. He will save you. Satan says you deserve the mess. God says, ‘I’ve got a promise for you.’
Psalm 103:4 “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”
Satan is also called a serpent. The Bible calls the devil ‘that old serpent.’ Besides venom, a serpent can also squeeze and choke to kill you.
The serpent was cursed above all animals to slither on his belly and eat the dust of the earth. God created Adam from the dust of the world. As it concerns the serpent, his appetite will be for man.
1 Peter 5:9 “Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
Have you ever felt squeezed? God has given you the weapons you need to get free (His Word, Prayer, Faith). How will you use them?
If you are stedfast, the devil won’t get you. If you stick to it, have grit, don’t give up, you will see God do great things. Be stedfast in the faith.
Be planted like a tree with strong roots and you’ll make it through the storm.
You will win if you remain stedfast in the faith. ‘Sted' means to ‘have a fixed position.’ ‘Fast’ means to ‘fasten your seatbelt or like a fastener.’ Stedfast is a position that you’re stuck to.
If you are going to fight the devil, you must have stickability.
Listen to the voice that has the truth, 100%. Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.’
Notice that these weapons are what you must choose to use. The Adversary will attack, no choice there, but you choose whether you will fight back. You choose what you listen to. What are you listening to? What will you choose to NOT listen to? What distractions do you need to avoid?
2 Things the devil can’t do:
- He can’t read your mind. Other people can’t read your mind either. When you are discouraged, shut your mouth. When you’re lacking in faith, shut your mouth. The devil can’t understand your tongues either. You can pray no matter what crazy is going on. Calm yourself and trust Him.
- He can’t fight for a long time. He has a time limit on any attack he might throw. It doesn’t come to stay, it comes to pass! Hang on and it will end. So, in the midst of crazy, be stedfast. Keep coming to church, praying, reading your Bible, coming to Life Group, tithing.
Be still and know that God is God. That’s when He fights for you.
You can win the victory by being stedfast. Don’t allow yourself to freak out. Say nothing and do nothing and watch God give you the victory. You have the real Lion of the Tribe of Judah who will fight for you! Be stedfast in the faith.
Micah 7:8 “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.”
What specific Bible verses will you memorize/use to combat the Adversary’s lies? Will you commit to praying for others to help them fight too? Have you decided to be unwavering in your commitment to be stedfast in the Faith? What does that look like?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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