We do not have the devil on our minds twenty-four hours a day. Usually we do not give a major portion of the day thinking of how satan is planning our downfall. Our minds are occupied with going to work, mowing grass, shopping for food, paying bills, cleaning house, and washing clothes. We may not be focused on him, but if you are a Christian he is focused upon you.
When God asked the devil what he had been doing, twice in the book of Job the devil said, “From going to and fro in the earth and from walking up and down in it” (Job1:7; 2:2). When God asked the devil if he had considered His servant Job and how faithful he was, the devil assured God that he knew all about him. The book of Job shows us what the devil did to try to wreck Job’s faithful relationship with God.
The devil knows about everyone of us in the same way. The devil knows our weakness. The Bible says that we must be watching out for him because as a lion he is tracing out ways to destroy us. 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober, be vigilant, your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” The Bible calls him an adversary. He is our enemy. He is busy, walking about, seeking a victim just as a lion would do on the grassy plains of Africa.
If an animal, such as a antelope ignores the lion, he will likely become the lion’s supper. Animals cannot afford to ignore the lion. Neither can we afford to ignore the devil. A lion is a hunter, and this is the animal to which the devil is compared. He is hunting down Christians every day.
In December of 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Then they attacked Midway Island, and the Philippines Islands. Ignoring these attacks did not make the enemy at that time go away. Because it was a time of war the Japanese kept attacking. America had to defend itself by resisting the enemy.
Ephesians 6:10-17 informs us that we are at war with the devil and all of his evil forces. We can ignore him, but that will not stop his attacks. God has given us a weapon with which to defend ourselves; it is a sword. Ephesians 6:17 says our sword is the word of God. James 4:7 tells Christians to resist the devil. Resist the devil with power of the inspired scriptures.
The battle cannot be won by ignoring the devil. He is identified as the enemy that seeks to tear us to spiritual pieces (1 Peter 5:8). Let’s all vigorously send him running by studying your Bibles much, much more.
- Richard Massey
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