“Be of a sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
A lion’s mighty roar can be heard for miles, and strike fear in the hearts of all its listeners. In hearing the lion’s powerful roar, some can even become paralyzed with fear. They know that this fearsome predator is on the prowl, looking for an opportunity to attack. And when he senses an opportunity (an opening made available to him by fear or weakness), he seizes it.
Unlike a lion, the devil’s roar is more powerful than his bite. And yet he still strikes fear in the hearts of many of his listeners. He is a big bluff, and yet he still uses several tactics of attack that are unfortunately effective.
The devil works through lies and deception, and accusations and temptations. The devil is a liar (John 8:44), a deceiver (Revelation 12:9), a tempter (Matthew 4:1-11), and an accuser (Revelation 12:10).
The important thing to remember is that he doesn’t like you or I. In fact, he literally hates us. He hates us because we love God. He hates us because we choose to follow and serve God, and not him. He hates us because hate is in his D.N.A. — he personifies hate. When this kind of hate fills a person’s heart, it will inevitably take over and control them. Hate is the one thing that can override love. For this reason, love is no longer the dominant, controlling motivator. This is why the devil pursues us so relentlessly.
Knowing this, we can be on guard for the devil. Prepared for his attacks. We can resist the temptations he sends our way. The Bible says for us to, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). The devil doesn’t want a fight or a struggle. He wants an easy target, someone who willingly submits themselves to him either by ignorance or with full knowledge, or a momentary weakness.
Satan doesn’t have any power over a Christian beyond what they have submitted to him. Jesus said: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). This same power has been passed on to us. We have power from God through the Holy Spirit. And He’s given us authority to use the name of Jesus — which possesses ALL power. Demons tremble at the mention of this Name. They know, sometimes better than we do, the power we wield through the name of Jesus. Invoke the power in the name of Jesus today; don’t just lie down and allow the devil to keep up a constant stream of havoc in your life. Rebuke him in the name of Jesus. Resist him, and he will flee.
The Scriptures do a phenomenal job of giving us insight into the devil: how he operates, and what his ultimate end looks like. It really brings him down to size and takes the bark right out of his bite. Instead of the image of a fearsome predator with a powerful roar, he looks more like a German Shepherd who opens his mouth to give a mighty bark, but what comes out sounds more like the bark of Chihuahua. Don’t be fooled by him; his bark is worse than his bite.
“Those who see you (Lucifer) will gaze at you, saying, ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms’?”
Yes, Satan is our enemy and he wants to take us out. But don’t be alarmed, our God is more powerful. Therefore, we have no reason to fear. Stand firm on the Word of God, look the devil in the eye, and tell him: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper!”