It may sound a bit humorous... but Peter, the great apostle and follower of Christ, writes in one of his letters that the devil prowls. The devil prowls.
Peter plainly calls the devil an adversary AND enemy and warns his audience to be on guard….to watch out…..to stay alert.
Peter writes that the devil, like a lion, is actively looking for something (or in this case someone) to rip open and eat. He searches.
Now, although I believe the devil will eat anyone, I also believe he is looking (or searching) for someone important.
The devil is looking for a very specific group of people. He is looking for God’s elect. The devil is looking to tear apart people who have been chosen by God. Those chosen by God are the ones God the Father has set apart by his Holy Spirit. Peter even writes these elected ones of God have been been chosen according to God’s foreknowledge. Wow.
It sounds to me like this means before they were born, God already elected them. Peter writes in his letter that God The Father set them apart before they were born. He set them apart by His Spirit for obedience.
What is one of the devils weapons?
Peter helps us today understand a very subtle tactic used by the devil to devour, tear apart and destroy.
If you hold on to your cares, concerns, worries and anxieties you will be devoured. The scriptures give us great insight into the eternal strategies of what I would like to call, The Divine Saga.
Peter urges the believers...both Jew and non-Jew (Gentile) to STAY ALERT. Peter warns his brothers and sisters who are living among the idolatrous and pagan culture to WATCH OUT. He says pay attention!!!
Peter writes in his letter, “Hey, i know things are a bit tough right now...it may seem like everything's falling apart and the promise is far off, but hold on. You are definitely not alone. There are plenty of others going through the same types of sufferings….the same emotions….the same feelings…..the same doubts and hardships. There are so many others with the same questions. DON’T BE DEVOURED. DO NOT LET THE DEVIL EAT YOU FOR LUNCH. Cast ALL your cares on Him because he cares for you.
Pray this prayer with me, “Lord God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Thank you for your living word. It is life to my bones and breath to my spirit. I make a choice now to lay any burden or weight I have been carrying down. Right now all anxiety of mine is handed over to you. I know you care for me, and I trust you to take every burden from me now. You have called me with all the saints into your eternal glory. Thank you Lord for the gift of your Son Jesus Christ. May all power and glory be yours forever.”
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