A Roaring Lion

“Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.”

(1 Peter 5:8 NLT)


Satan is defeated, but he can still have a tremendously defeating effect on Christians and non-Christian alike. He will do his best to keep you from being saved and if he can’t accomplish that, he will do everything he can to defeat you from being effective as a Christian.

Don’t take Satan lightly, because that’s exactly what he wants you to do. Satan attacks in subtle ways. He wants you to pay him no mind. He loves it when you don’t take him seriously. He appears as an angel of light and can have you accepting counterfeit in a moment. Don’t be blindsided by his deceitful ways.

“He (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)

 We are no match for Satan. Our only defense is God’s truth. To know the truth, you must read His word. It is the last thing Satan wants you to do. Satan attacks through the mind. “I don’t have time”, I don’t understand what it says”, “I..I..I..”

Satan will convince you that there is no need to read the Bible, if you let him. Satan will isolate you, feed you full of lies, and thereby defeat you as a Christian, if you let him. Either your mind will know God’s truths or Satan’s lies…the choice is yours.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 

(John 8:32)

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Earthly Possessions

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

(Matthew 6:21)

 The more you have the less you may rely upon God.

Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Surely, He is not saying that the wealthy won’t go to heaven. Perhaps He meant that wealth can be a hindrance to faith. Wealth and possessions can own you if you let them. They can become more important to you than God. Wealth isn’t necessarily a blessing, it can be a curse.

The less you have the more you may blame God.

The wealthy are not blessed with riches anymore than the poor are cursed with poverty. Faith cannot be measured by possessions or the lack thereof, but faith can be affected by wealth or poverty. The poor have little to rely upon but God, yet they may blame God for their situation. They may cling to even the little that they have. Their prayers may be covetous petitions for wealth and possessions.

Wealthy or Poor…either can be a blessing or a curse.

You came into the world with nothing and you will leave the same way. There should be no assumptions of one’s faith based on being wealthy or poor. In either case, man judges the outward appearance, but God reads the heart. Whether you have much or little, your faith in God should always be first.

…Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. (Romans 12:3 NLT)

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