“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

The enemy is always on the prowl. He is looking for every chink in your armour so that he can attack you and stop your Christian peace and joy. He roars and searches for those who are suffering to ensure they stay sad and full of sorrow, and have no strength to stand up and fight. We cannot fight alone.

We need to be strong minded and ready to thwart his schemes. We must have the word of God ready to withstand his taunts, temptations and tantrums. It is a good skill to be able to see him coming and recognise his strategies from afar. We learn them in the Scripture and through engaging in the fight against him. Our minds must be ready to reason and relate and have argument and answers ready for those fiery darts he loves to throw into our lives.

He will devour you, without the protection of the Holy Spirit of God to encompass you and teach you what to say and do. No one who knows God will be left without help and the power to overcome this evil enemy. He has no power over the righteous, because God puts a hedge around them, to keep them safe.

The lion is real, and we must engage with the threat. When he comes at you, quote the Scripture, rebuff his lies, and tell him to “go away.” No discussion, no answers to his questions, just tell him to leave. You will be kept safe and you will gain a heart of strength to withstand trouble and disappointment. God is real, and He has already overcome for you.