Deception is a cheap trick of the enemy. Deception is a lie. No one enjoys being deceived. On the contrary, God’s Word is the truth. God’s Word is our shield. God’s Word is our deliverance. God’s Word is our concealment. God’s Word sustains us as we live and move throughout each day.
The roar of the enemy will come, but remember what the purpose of his roar is. His roar is sent to identify you as prey.
In my study time today those words were made clearer than ever before. My prayer is that I can put into words here today what the Holy Spirit shared with me regarding the above principle and that His Words would impact you like they impacted me.
I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll mention it again here. One of my favorite programs is National Geographic. I think I inherited my taste for NG from my dad. If there was no sporting event being televised, you could always find him watching some sort of program centered around nature.
So as I studied 1 Peter 5:8 for what seemed like the 10,000 time today, I saw something that I had never seen before. Reflecting back on past National Geographic episodes that talked about the hunting practices of lions confirmed the light that suddenly switched on in my spirit today. Roaring lions aren’t hunting lions.
Lions are Cunning, Crafty and Quiet
1 Peter 5:8 paints a picture of a predator seeking to feed. In the natural world, a hunting lion is a very quiet lion. A hunting lion has the ability to remain quietly concealed for hours (usually at the local watering hole) until its prey comes a little too close. Once within pouncing range, the lion springs into attack mode and the prey meets its demise.
While lions are strong and mighty creatures, they aren’t very fast animals. In contrast the animals they hunt are some of the fastest on the planet. A wildebeest can reach a top speed of about 45 mph and maintain it effortlessly. Even a humble wart hog can achieve a speed of 30 mph. In fact such is the disparity between predator and prey that many of the faster species don’t even bother running away from the lion at full speed.
In the natural world, a roaring lion assures one thing and one thing only. A roaring lion assures himself that he will remain a hungry lion because every potential food source will maintain a wide buffer zone between itself and the lion.
So what picture is the scripture trying to paint for us in 1 Peter 5:8? I believe the key lies in the words “seeking whom he may devour”.
Someone will be devoured. Will it be you?
The word “seeking” tells us that our enemy is looking for someone. He’s looking for someone to devour. He can’t devour us all, so he has to seek whom he will devour. So where is the line of delineation? What is his means of identifying those whom he will devour and those whom he can’t devour? I believe it’s in our reaction to his roar.
The Deception of a roar
Unlike a natural predator, our enemy the devil identifies and victimizes believers by how we react when he roars. He identifies us by how we react when he roars in our ear that our children are going down the wrong path. He identifies us by how we react when he roars in our ear that the pain we feel is the beginning stages of cancer. He identifies us by how we react when he roars in our ear that we don’t measure up to those around us. He identifies us by how we react when he roars in our ear that God doesn’t love us. Our enemy identifies us by how we react when he roars in our ear that which is contrary to God’s Word.
When we react to the roar of our enemy in fear, in worry, in doubt and in words that contradict what God says about us in His Word, we’ve identified ourselves to him and we’ve initiated steps toward our own demise.
Conversely, when we remain hidden in Christ by responding to the roar of the devil with God’s Word concerning our situations and circumstances we literally ‘remain hidden” and insulated from the attack of the enemy. By standing on God’s Word when we hear the roar of the enemy we remain identified with Christ and he can’t devour us. By remaining hidden in Christ we “man up” and take up the whole armor of God which is spoken of in Ephesians 6 which gives us the ability to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Stay Hidden in Christ – Reject the Roar of deception
I’d like to encourage you today to remain hidden in Christ. The roar of the enemy will come, but remember what the purpose of his roar is. His roar is sent to identify you as prey. His roar is sent to get you to react in a way that is contrary to God’s Word. Remain rooted in God’s Word. Allow what God says about you to have preeminence in your life and resist the temptation to be deceived by the master of deception.