BE PREPARED TO RESIST SATAN BY KNOWING GOD’S WORD
We have all witnessed animal television shows, such as Animal Kingdom or something similar. Many of us are intrigued by the way animals hunt, particularly lions. Lions tend to hunt at night or at dawn. They seek an opportunity when their prey is most vulnerable.
Lions are very good at hiding, and they are incredibly patient. They like to lie in tall grass or shrubs along a path close to a river or pond. Lions will wait for their prey as they pass by on their way to get a drink and then, attack when the animal is least expecting. Lions will also watch a herd of animals in order to seek out a wounded or vulnerable animal in the group which will make an easy target.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” In the beginning of this text, Peter’s instructions are two-fold.
First, “be sober-minded” indicates a warning against excess passion, rashness, and confusion. Peter tells us to keep a clear mind, being thoughtful of the dangers of Satan’s schemes.
Next, Peter instructs us to “be watchful,” which would suggest an alertness, awareness, or a constant readiness. If we are not clear-minded and alert, we too will be a target of Satan’s tricks and temptations. Satan also seeks us out when we are most vulnerable as the lion does to its prey.
What then does it take for us to be sober-minded and watchful? We need to be rooted in God’s word. It is quite evident that Satan uses deceit and half-truths. When Jesus resisted Satan, He did so by knowing the word. When we know God’s word Satan cannot fool us with half-truths; we will not be fooled if we stay rooted in God’s word on a daily basis.
A spiritual mind is a sober-mind. By understanding the will of God we will able to discern between right and wrong, truth and error. By being alert to Satan’s schemes we can be better prepared to resist him.