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Be alert for Satan’s Snares (Part two of three)



Satan is real and active, and Peter urges us to, “Be self-controlled and alert” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil's mission is to destroy humankind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. The tragedy that many of us fail to heed the warning.

Television programs and movies have made the devil into a laughable myth. Jokes have placed Satan into the same category of Santa Claus or the circus clown. As a result, even Christians find it hard to believe there is a devil who prowls around their families, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. But indeed, the devil is no laughing matter.

Satan (the devil) is a devourer of the soul. Even for the Christians who affirms this reality, there are seasons (such as Christmas) when distractions can cause him to drop his guard. Inattention has cost many a believer an embarrassing and destructive fall.

The apostle Paul suggests that we be aware of his schemes ( Corinthians 2:1). This lion sets all kinds of traps for us: pride, anxiety, misfortune, appetites, presumption, money, illness, allurements to power, position and possessions. Like a cunning terrorists, the devil crafts facades of pleasure and decoys of self-gratification and ultimately serve to poison and enslave us.

The good news is that we are not left to our own devices as this roaring lion comes searching for us. Out of the treasure chest of Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul introduces the armor of God, and urges us to do every piece  and stand against the schemes of the evil one. By clothing ourselves with truth, righteousness, peace faith, God's Word and prayer, we can stand against the designs of the enemy.

Satan is real, he is pure evil, he is always seeking someone to devour. Satanism are horrifying than our darkest nightmares, but we will always overcome him by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony and the absolute consecration of our lives.

Perhaps the answer to the stalking of this evil lion is a life that is filled with Jesus. This enables us to stand against Satan with the authority of Christ. In confidence, we can call upon Him to deny the devil any victory over us.

Revelation 12:11 describes Satan's defeat by the blood of the lamb and affirming our witness that overcomes this prowling enemy of our souls. Be alert of Satan's snares. TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR.


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