I’m confident we wouldn’t walk up to an unrestrained lion and pat it. Yet, we’ll cozy up to the one found in 1 Peter 5:8. This evil entity that God warns us about is more treacherous than any natural beast we’ll ever come in contact with. This fiend’s sole desire is to kill, steal and destroy (see John 10:10). We might take our minds off him, but he never takes his attention off of us; he wanders around incessantly waiting for opportunities to pounce and devour. Keep your distance—he’s dangerous!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Anytime our actions go against God’s Word, we’re patting the lion. Many mature Christians won’t fall for obvious entrapments, but they will (more than likely) fall for one of the devil’s most common traps—worry. Worrying is an effective tool the enemy uses to control the minds of even the most ardent Christians. If the wrong set of conditions align themselves—anxiety will zoom in like a bullet shot from a gun.
God knows the struggles we face when we try to walk by faith in the middle of what seems to be hopeless and scary circumstances. He will never leave us defenseless to fight these overpowering deceitful spirits. That’s why it’s important not to pat the lion by making compromises on the devil’s terms. Instead, call on God; be honest and tell Him you are cornered, and that your faith is slipping away. Let me remind you how God shut the lions’ (plural) mouths in Daniel 6:21-22.
Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live forever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me:
1. Follow Daniel’s example; never compromise with the enemy.
2. Talk back to the devil when he presents his lies. Say things like: God knows what to do; and I trust Him to do “it” at the right time.
3. The devil’s biggest con is to trick you into believing he doesn’t exist. “Ignore the man behind the curtain.” Don’t fall for it!
4. Fight the good fight of faith by replacing fearful thoughts with thoughts that fall under the headings (true, honest, pure. . .) that are found in Philippians 4:8.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Also, claim the promise found in Isaiah 26:3.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
5. Heed the Holy Spirit’s promptings when He warns you danger is lurking.
6. Keep in mind: God will not suffer you to be tempted above what you are able to endure, without giving you a way of escape—the means to bear it. (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).
7. Stay suited for battle (see Ephesians 6:10-18). The enemy mutilates unarmed victims. Although in spite of his best efforts, he won’t be able to claw through the armor.
Remember: Don’t pat the lion!
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