"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8
Yesterday I shared a dream that I had. The dream took place during a time of war. In the dream I was in a room which had two couches in it. On one couch was the enemy. When I looked at this enemy closer, it looked more like two babies instead of a full size adult.
What I wanted to share with you this morning is: when we take a closer look at the enemy, we will find that he isn't at all as he appears. He isn't as fearful, as powerful, as strong, or as intimidating as he seems. The scripture above says that our enemy, the devil, goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. It said, "like/as" a roaring lion. He is not a lion. He goes about like one roaring (threatening) to try to intimidate you with fear and confusion. There is only one "real" lion-- Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
When Goliath would come out each day and taunt the armies of Israel they feared him because of his size. But upon further inspection we discover that he wasn't so big after all- a rock in a teenager's sling shot brought him down. (He wasn't too big for God to handle.)
The enemy often appears one way in order to make us feel defeated before we even get into the battle- like the Israelite army. But when you really take a good look at him, you will see that he is no one you need to fear because you will discover that Jesus is bigger, wiser, more powerful, greater and the Conqueror. He is no match for Jesus. Jesus already defeated him once (once and for all that is) at the cross. So do not fear the enemy. In the dream when I followed the Lord's instructions, the enemy was so easy to capture. It barely took any effort at all. Why was that? Because Jesus has already rendered him defeated!!
Have a great day. Your adversary is not as powerful as he may appear to be.
For further reading:
1 John 3:8
1 Samuel 17
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