Fresh Hope – 3rd October 2019

Yesterday we looked at the source of trials. Today we are focusing on one cause of trials – the devil. While I don’t like to give the enemy attention that he doesn’t deserve (I would much rather focus on God!), truth is that is he is real, and on a mission against us. When we live with an understanding of how he operates, it is easier for us to recognise him. While there is not a demon under every bush, so to speak, the Bible makes it clear that the enemy does come to ‘kill, steal, and destroy’ (John 10:10). That means that anything that is not bringing life, abundance, or building something, is not from God!

The Bible describes the devil in several different ways:

– Like a thief (John 10:10) – ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy’. . . The word ‘thief’ comes from the word, kléptō, meaning ‘to take, steal secretively’.

Imagine a pick-pocketer – Some of their strategies are that they steal by bumping, sending in their children as a distraction, or playing games to convince you to give money away … the devil is a master thief. Watch what he is taking from you when he knocks you. Watch what he is taking from you when you are distracted. Watch what he is trying to convince you to give away.  

The Bible also describes him as being:

Like a fowler (Someone who takes and kills birds for food). Psalm 91:3 – Satan may come against us like a fowler. The fowler is always quiet and secretive, never wanting to reveal his presence. 
Like an angel of light! 2 Corinthians 11:14 – He can come appearing glorious, good, and attractive, but with the intention to destroy!

  – Like a lion. Peter tells us Satan can come against us like a roaring lion, loud and full of intimidation.

1 Peter 5:8, ‘Be sober (clear-minded), be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, …’

For Christians, Satan is a lion who may roar but has been de-fanged at the cross (Colossians 2:15). Yet the sound of his roar – his deceptive lies – are still potent and he has the power to devour souls and rob Christians of effectiveness.

He isn’t just looking to lick or nibble on his prey; he wants to devour!

We don’t live our lives devil-focused, we live it Jesus focused, but there is a war that rages for your soul and we have to be alert. The devil hates that you are a child of God and will do ANYTHING to rob you…His mission is to rob you of joy, peace, favour, confidence… and he does this ‘Klepto’ style! Be sharp! Stay discerning!

Emma Burchell

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