Satan, our Adversary

I Peter 5: 8-9.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Satan is sneaky. He hunts quietly, staying downwind from his prey, just like a hungry lion. And he has pads in his feet that absorb sounds, so if he steps on a branch, or dry grass, his prey will likely not hear him.

Like a hunting lion, Satan looks for someone who wanders a little too far away from the herd. He looks for the old, who can’t run as fast as younger, healthier prey. He looks for the young, who have not yet learned how dangerous it can be to drift away from the herd. He looks for the wounded or maimed. He looks for the most vulnerable among us.

We must never assume that we are safe from Satan’s attacks because we are born-again believers. He can’t have our souls, but he can oppress us, obsess us, and cause us to become worried and anxious. He can be the biggest killjoy around!

Satan is our adversary. No matter how attractive sin may look, it is our enemy. Satan is our enemy because he is the enemy of God. We are to be watchful, alert, aware at all times so that Satan does not succeed in his efforts to cause us to stray into sinful paths.

We are to resist him. We are never told to chase him, but to stand fast against him, using our defensive weapons (Eph. 6: 10-18) to protect ourselves from his attacks. Just as Jesus did when Satan tempted Him, we are to use the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, to defeat Satan.

We can stand fast, knowing that we are not alone in our battle. Believers all around the world suffer the same attacks. The defense is the same for all of us.

Study God’s Word. It is your most effective, powerful weapon against the attacks of Satan.

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