KNOW YOUR ENEMY
Women of destiny Life Group
Tuesday September 20 2011
BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT; BECAUSE YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL, AS A ROARING
ABOUT, SEEKING WHOM HE
MAY DEVOUR. 1 PET. 5:8
1 Peter 5:8
Amplified Bible (AMP)8Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [[a]in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
1 Peter 5:8
New International Version (NIV)8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
The Message (MSG)
He Gets the Last Word
8-11Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It's the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won't last forever. It won't be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.
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Now what is the point to all of this, you might ask??? It is this. You have, or rather we all have an enemy, that seeks to destroy us, by any means necessary. This enemy, stalks us constantly. He looks for any avenue, that he can use, to enslave us, to tear us down, and kill us. Some of you might say, 'Let him come. I have my AK-47. My pit bulls, and my ADT alarm system. I am a 7th degree black belt in Karate. Let him come and try to mess with me.' Friend, if that is the way you really feel, then guess what ?? He already has you. For this adversary I am speaking of, is the devil. And unlike most of our other enemies, nothing that you can do physically, will stop him. It takes special preparation, to defeat him. And rest assured, he can be defeated. The question is, how???
First, and foremost, you have to know your enemy. You need to know why he is your enemy. You need to know what tactics he will use, and how to identify them. Then, you have to know what weapons to use, and how to use them. Just like
Look at the middle part of the scripture, where it says, 'he goes about, as a roaring lion....',showing, that just like a lion, that is searching for food, he will creep up on his prey, using all the cover he can, so that his prey, won't see, or recognize the danger, until it is too late. This is what the devil does, so well. He's been at this type of thing, since the garden of Eden. He makes most people, especially the unsaved, believe they are in no danger. He is so good at it, that many times, he gets them to believe, that he doesn't even exist. Therefore, their guard is down, and he can come right on in, and destroy them.
When I talk to some people, especially the youth, and I mention the devil, they look at me, as if to say, 'man, you still believe in a devil?? Don't you know that is all a bunch of nonsense??' When I hear that, I know that he has them, right where he wants them. This is why our young people are destroying themselves, and each other. By not believing in the devil, and having to blame some one, or thing on their problems, they resort to violence, which usually results in death. Our young men are killing each other, and our young women, are out here, giving up their minds and bodies, degrading themselves, because it somehow, makes them feel part of the group. And they are. They are part of the herd, that the lions have picked out, to attack. And, the devil, doesn't care if you believe in him or not. Unlike God, who created us, to worship Him, the devil doesn't care. All he wants to do, is destroy you. [JOHN 10:10] says, The thief, comes not, but for to steal, kill, and destroy, ..... And he does his job well.
As a thief, he will steal your strength, your joy, peace of mind, your loved ones, and your blessings. As a killer, he will kill you, your spouse, your children, your mother, your father, sister, brother, and any one else close to you. He will do it through violence, sickness, disease, suicide and by what ever means he can. As the destroyer, he seeks to destroy families, friendships, plans for the future, or any thing, that may lift you up. He most of all, wants to destroy your relationship with God, if you have one. If you don't, he wants to keep you from developing one. He will try to kill you first. Why does he want to do all of this??? It is because, you, my friends, are made in the image of God. You are His pride and joy. God delights in His people. Now, the devil, hates God. He used to be God's most beautiful angel, until he tried to make himself equal with God. For that, he was cast out of Heaven [
The devil, has people believing the lies that he tells them. That is because, he is the father of lies [
He even has a doosey of a plan. He makes people think that God, is the one that makes them sick, to punish them. When tragedy strikes, and a person dies, many believe, that God, took them. Your house or property gets destroyed by a tornado, or something, insurance companies call it 'an act of God.' It is the devil's plan, that many, will get mad at God, and turn away from Him. Then they will end up in hell, with him. Another thing he does, is play on your intelligence. The more educated you get, the more susceptible you are, to his scheme. When presented with something from the bible, the well educated person will be told, by him, Don't believe those old wives tales. What did you learn in college?? You are too smart to fall for that dumb stuff.?? He, like the martial arts expert, is using your strengths, against you.
He knows all of our weaknesses, which can be categorized in three areas, 'The lust of the eyes. The lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. [1 JN. 2:16]. Everything he does, is geared to these three areas of our lives. That's what he did to Eve [
He also uses isolation, and intimidation. He will either try to make you feel, that you are the only one, that is falling for ' this Jesus mess.' Or he will intimidate you, with threats of ridicule or violence. His arsenal is huge. He has been known to turn family, and friends against those that name the name of Christ. He will make you an outcast. It's not unusual for other Christians to come against a person, that truly seeks God's perfect will for their lives. That's right, he's in the Church.
God says, 'My people are destroyed, for a lack of knowledge [HOS. 4:6]. This lack of knowledge, not only concerns the things of God, but also the wiles of the devil. You can't defend yourself against something, that you don't believe exists, or is bound up somewhere, and can't get to you. You will have your guard down, and that's just the way he wants it. The last part of the subject verse, coupled with the first four words, let's us know, that the devil, can't get to everybody. He can only get to you, if you have your guard down. But, God, has given us all of the things we need, to overpower the devil, and they are all wrapped up in the name of Jesus. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds [2 COR. 10:4]. We need to have on the whole armour of God, as recorded in [EPH. -18]
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all face many challenges and difficulties in life. And these challenges span from the smallest offenses such as a child spilling something on your carpet to the gripping fear of a sudden illness. Nevertheless, each person must determine for himself that no matter how disappointed we are, we’re not going to lose our joy.
John. 10.10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
1Peter 5.8 says, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your
adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” We have been given the
means to defeat our adversary. God’s Word is clear, ‘all authority has been given to us over the satan and all
his works,’ Luke. 19.10.
Solomon declared that as a man thinks in his heart so he is. It is important for you an me to keep our eyes on the promise rather than the difficulty. Doing so allows us to operate from a place of confidence and security. Our words shape our destiny. No wonder Jesus said that we must give an account us
that every idle word. As
(praise) led the armies of Judah let your praise lead you against the attacks of the devil. As long as you keep the praises of God in your mouth Satan cannot defeat you. Israel
Question: Why do you think that “choosing joy” in the face of adverse circumstances is often times an after thought for many of us?
Follow Up Questions:
1. What are some practical ways that we can choose joy on a daily basis?
2. Why do you think that situations such as: sickness, wayward children, difficult job situations, eats away at our joy?
3. Why do you think our attitudes are directly correlated to our words?
4. Why do you think that our words are directly correlated to our lives?
James 1:2 “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials.”
Psalms 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
John “No man can take your joy.”
Nehemiah 8:9-10 “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep. The joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Look at your day and your week. Was today a reflection of your attitude?
What was the tone of your week?
What type of words were you saying?
What can you do to be more conscientious of what is coming out of
your mouth and what type of attitude you are harboring?
Thought for the Week:
Choosing joy is not a one-time event. We have to choose joy on a daily basis.
In closing, who are you a servant to?? To whom do you owe your allegiance?? If you say nobody but yourself, then you are serving the devil by proxy. Since there are only two ways to go, or two masters to serve, then, if you are not serving God, through Jesus Christ, you are serving the devil. Jesus said, 'no man can serve two masters, he will love one, and hate the other, ... [
MATT. ]. Choose you this day, who you will serve. As for me, and my house, we will serve the Lord [JESUS CHRIST].