Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
In the 1969 comedic Western film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the two main characters have committed a robbery and are being pursued by a posse of lawmen. Every time the main characters look over their shoulder, the posse is still there. The robbers repeatedly ask, “Who are those guys?”
Relentless pursuit is part of the Christian life. That is, we are constantly being stalked by “[our] adversary the devil.” It was the same with David in the Old Testament; he was pursued by King Saul who sought to put David to death. Unlike the film characters, we are not being pursued for a specific sin or action. In fact, it is the opposite: We are on God’s side and are relentlessly pursued and attacked by our spiritual enemy, Satan. For that reason, we must “be sober, be vigilant”—we must never let our guard down. We must clothe ourselves daily in the believer’s spiritual armor, our only defense against the “fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Be vigilant, but not fearful. In Christ, we have all the defense we need against our spiritual enemy. We are victorious in Christ.
Satan does far more harm as an angel of light than as a roaring lion. Vance Havner
I have seen this image of god several times in my life. The thing is I am not sure if it was god… I really think it was some other entity. He looked very similar to the picture except he had a more Afro textured hair , not a particularly handsome face (very similar to the image above). At first I thought maybe that was how Jesus really looked since the bible says that so (Isiah 53:2) and it didn’t bother me the least. What bothered me was the entity switched between loving and often times rude. When I told my pastor, he asked me to question the being and ask him if he was the son of the living GOD. That he had to stop bugging me if he wasn’t.
The next time he came to me, I did what my pastor told me; I questioned the spirit and asked it to leave me alone. Since then I have never seen it again.
I know what you are thinking… I must have been crazy or that I must have been hallucinating. The truth is, I could have been doing both (crazy & hallucinating). What bugs me though is that, once he left, he has never since appeared to me… maybe I programmed my mind to think straight.
I happened to see this image on the net and it quickly brought back old memories. I just wanted to know if anyone else has seen this entity or have had a similar experience.
“But doubt is wily and cunning and never, as it is sometimes said to be, loud or
defiant. It is unassuming and sly, not bold or assertive—and the more unassuming,
the more dangerous.”SØREN KIERKEGAARD
I once heard an eerie story about a lady who became concerned for her pet snake. Pet and snake are two words that should never be used together. I hate snakes. If you think Indiana Jones loathed them, I do even more. Anyway, we’re not talking about a dinky garter snake. No, it was a big, long python. And why was she so disturbed? Apparently, the poor snake wasn’t eating, so she sought out her veterinarian for a little advice.
“By any chance does your snake sleep with you?” the vet asked.
“Funny you should ask,” the lady said. “Yes, my snake does sleep with me.” (Are you believing this?)“
The reason your snake doesn’t eat,” her veterinarian said, “is because it’s sizing you up as it purposely starves itself, waiting for the opportune moment to consume you.”
Talk about sleeping with the enemy.
Whether this story is really true or not, like that snake, Satan also studies us and knows us better than we know ourselves. He wants nothing more than to consume us and our faith. That’s exactly why Peter encourages us, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
As Christians we are in the midst of a war. A spiritual war. And this war can be tricky to detect. That’s because it’s a war that takes place in an unseen world. The apostle Paul wrote, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”2
That means we must treat our doubts as front line attacks from the enemy. Far from the caricatures of Satan that look like Gene Simmons dressed up in a red suit and holding a pitchfork, Satan and his demonic host are powerful spirit beings. They deceptively align around a common goal: to destroy our faith. I can’t stress this enough. The evil one wants to stretch our doubts until at last they snap, resulting in unbelief.
We live in a culture where we genuinely like to get spooked. We even have a holiday for it, Its called Halloween and we like to dress up spooky on those days. But from where did all these spookiness originate. I think all of us will have to agree, that it hinges on some religious background. ( Sorry atheist, I am completely ignoring you on this one, because you can’t disprove the existence of GOD)
Back to the point, for a majority o us (i.e. Christians: By the way I take exception to that word, because it was invented by the pagans ), the fist recollection of evil was in the garden of Eden when eve got seduced by the serpent to eat of the fruit of knowledge. Do you remember the line that the snake used?
he serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! 5"For God knows that
in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,
knowing good and evil."Genesis 3:5
Do you remember the account that bible has regarding the creation of man?
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Did you miss that?
Man was created in the image of GOD, so he already had the knowledge ( and he quite well knew right from wrong), otherwise why would GOD tell man not to eat of the fruit of the knowledge?
That was a cheap lie. It was like telling a guy who wore a red shirt that if he drinks a red liquid, his shirt would turn red.
The Garden of Eden was a proverbial place where man lived under the pure and perfect will of GOD i.e in his Kingdom.
Jesus had ( still has ) but one purpose in his life, to extend the hand of GOD to invite us back into his kingdom. So the next time you happen to get spooked, just remember that you are spooked, because you haven’t realized your true potential. ( You should never call yourself a christian, but a citizen of the kingdom of GOD)
Satan employs cheap thrills and lies to lure us into thinking that he has it all. ( Or that he controls and has dominion over the world or over your life) Take a step back and realize that
“you have been fearfully and wonderfully made” : –Psalm 139:14
In case you missed what that means : In the original Hebrew text of the Bible, the
word fearfully means: with great reverence, heart-felt interest and with respect.
The word wonderfully means: unique, set apart, marvelous. May 17, 2012