The Lion Seeking to Devour

A friend of mine posted a video on Facebook today that had a guy standing in a field with a stick. All around him was tall grass. He was just standing there as though he was expecting something. Then, suddenly out of nowhere a full-grown tiger emerges from the tall grass, running full speed towards the guy holding the stick. As the tiger got closer the man raised his tiny, wooden stick in defense. The video clip quickly ended. I don’t know what happened after that but I have a feeling the guy lost the fight (apart from an act of God).

The status that was included with the video clip was an excerpt from 1 Peter 5:8:

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

This video is a perfect example of how we try to fight our adversary. We sit around and wait, expectantly, then we try to fight the tiger (the devil) with our little wooden sticks. Of course, we lose the battle because we forget just how weak we really are apart from Christ. I know for me, I try to fight off temptation with my own self effort, with my own strength (with my little stick). I can’t recall a single time that I have won that battle.

I tend to forget that Christ won that battle on the cross nearly two thousand years ago. I also forget the words of Jesus when he touched the issue of our self striving, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” Only in Christ is victory against the enemy found. Only in Christ can we fight the tiger as he comes charging after us from the tall grass.

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6 thoughts on “The Lion Seeking to Devour

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  1. Wow! Thank you for putting that out there. Thank you for being real and reminding us who we are in Christ! You are an amazing brother and I’m excited to get to share Christ with you (even if you are a Dallas fan) 😉

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    1. hahaha! Thanks lol. It just goes to show that, “there is now no Greek, no Jew, no Gentile, but we are a new creation” lol or in the Michael Young Translation “there is no Dallas, Philly, or Steelers fan but you are a new creation. Even if Dallas is the best”
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  2. Man’s self-pride is always the center of what ills mankind. The group of the lion is called a pride; all the members therein are called the pride. Pride has many different aspects, many forms in which to hide roaring about, but unseen by the eye until it attacks and destroys. What may seem as though good, may actually turn out to be pride. For example, focusing upon the things of Christ Jesus, instead of Christ Himself. Doing good works, but in front of the eyes of the world to be admired and patted on the back saying “What a good person you are, we are so proud of YOU.”

    All the many roars coming out of the mouth of Pride proclaims of things, works of the flesh, titles of recognition, and pretty pictures with false light shining upon them is the reason for division among God’s people. It is always pride; the roaring lion’s pride tickles the fleshy ears of the people, so the eyes of their hearts will be unaware of the stealthy, camouflaged lion who destroys.

    May are hearts be open, so we may see Him alone, Him who is True Light—Jesus Christ. Any other focus is a diversionary tactic of the devouring lion, so the lion of pride may attack as we stand in the power of our flesh. The only focus in Life is Jesus Christ Himself.

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      1. Absolutely not!

        Not better at all bro. If it was not for your posted article, I would never have written the comment. It is always His Way of the one another, never ONE WITHOUT ANOTHER. lol Thank you too bro.

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