1 Peter 5:8-9 HCSB "Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world."
For the first time, I had to laugh out loud at this verse...let me explain. Peter warns us to be on alert because Satan is out to destroy followers of Jesus Christ.(this is not where I laughed). He then uses a metaphor in describing Satan, as "like a roaring lion"...Don't get me wrong, he is a REAL enemy and he can get a hold of fellow Believers and trap them in his web of deceit so we have to be on guard and alert at all times!
We have this imposter, satan, trying to trip us up..an IMPOSTER! That is who he is, an IMPOSTER! What do imposters do? Pretend to be something or someone they are NOT! With this truth, how are you and I going to live differently? Can we live differently? YES, by the power of the Holy Spirit, abiding in Christ, and by studying the Living Word of God! That's how we defeat this imposter! Amen!
Our enemy wants us to be scared stiff...which means we will not "DO" what God has called us to do as Christians. All of us are commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age."
All authority was given to Jesus and now He is with us to the end of time...If this truth doesn't stir you to live differently, in the POWER of the Holy Spirit, then you are not in the battle to win! I challenge you to examine your heart, asking God what is holding you back from living in victory? I am not saying victory=happiness or a pain free life, on the contrary Jesus says we will have suffering and some will even hate us because of His Name (Matthew 10).Bearing the name of Christian does not exempt us from suffering...KNOW THIS truth because it will set you free!
In order to have victory in our daily lives we have to understand our enemy! He has been defeated by Jesus at the cross! However, satan is trying to put fear in Believers so that we are not a threat to his kingdom. Imagine with me for a moment...that Believers all over the world knew satan was defeated and an imposter, and we lived in such a way that we rebuked him when he came "calling", we ignored his temptations, and we lived in the POWER of the Holy Spirit because we have the victory in Christ Jesus....How would our world look if that were the case? I know it would be different!!
Being a Christian simply means we have the victory, through life or death, we have the VICTORY!AMEN!
Who thinks they can have VICTORY as WE live out life as Christ Jesus and in this truth?
I DO, I DO, I DO!!! This takes more than belief...but ACTION IN THAT BELIEF!!
Remind satan that he is only an imposter...and that JESUS IS THE LION OF JUDAH! And as he tries to remind you of your past, simply remind him of his future!
Have a blessed week!