Don’t Be a Snack!

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I Peter 5:8-11 NRSV; Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.  And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.  To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

Did you know that lions look for weak or young prey, those who have separated themselves from the rest of the herd? There’s something to be said about ‘safety in numbers.’ I think that’s why it’s so important to be a part of a body of believers, those who are seeking after Jesus, reading the Word and hungry for truth.

Dictionary.com defines the word alert as; an attitude of vigilance, readiness, or caution, as before an expected attack.  So if we know that we have an adversary who is out for a meal, let’s not make it easy for him.

The word resist means to withstand, strive against, or oppose. The word steadfast means fixed in direction; steadily directed. So we know it’s going to be a struggle, but just like when you play the game of tug-of-war, get people on your team who are strong and can hang on tight, those who have good leverage and know how to use it. Don’t pick a bunch of weak, gossipy, sickly people who don’t know the Word, don’t know their position in Christ and don’t know how to pray! You’ll all end up a tasty treat for the devil. The only thing he responds to is the Word! Jesus used it against him in the wilderness and we need to use it against him in our fight.

So we know we’re going to suffer, it’s right there in the Word, but we don’t suffer alone. i think he added that so that we stop focusing on our own struggle and start thinking of others who are suffering, praying for them, encouraging them, speaking over them. Then the coolest thing happens, God “will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.” Do you remember after Jesus passed his test in the desert, God sent angels to minister to him? God himself will minister to us. Wow! He loves us that much that he will come to restore, support, strengthen and establish us.

Father, thank you for the struggles and tests we’ve gone through and are going through. You always show up to minister to us and we always come out stronger in your Word and our trust in you is deeper. You never leave us, never fail to rescue us. You won’t let the devil devour us because we have your Word. How wonderful to be your child and have your bodyguards all around us. Go with us today and this weekend. May we be strong in the power of YOUR might. in Jesus’ Name. Amen

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