“The Prowling Devil”
Satan is a master deceiver. If everyone could see the end result of their own sin, the sin problem in our world would diminish quickly and at a rapid pace. So what’s the problem? Satan has the ability to make sin look enticing, beautiful and when tempted to do something wrong, he convinces us it really isn’t that bad. Does, “Everyone else is doing it,” sound familiar? Satan loves darkness and the Bible says, “The devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (I Peter 5:7). Christian beware. YOU are on his menu! Satan enjoys bringing the Christian down more than the non-Christian. The reason is easy to explain. The enemy is already controlling the non-Christian, but when a follower of Christ falls, it brings hurt, sorrow, disappointment and often despair to those that love him. In other words, Satan delights in destroying a Christian’s life and testimony because when he falls, others generally fall with him.
As believers, we must constantly be alert and stand firm on the things of God. I once heard a Pastor say, show me a once faithful follower of Christ that has fallen and I will take you to the place where the downfall started. In nearly every case this person said, “Yielding to temptation begins when the person compromises or stops personal Bible reading and praying.” What this man was indicating is, when we begin missing our personal time with God, we are weakening our spiritual life. If we aren’t careful we can find excuses for why we didn’t have time to spend reading the Bible and praying. We’ll soon find ourselves trying to excuse ourselves for yielding to temptation.
Here are three things sin will do to every person IF allowed: 1) Sin will take us further than we ever wanted to go. 2) Sin will keep us longer than we ever planned on staying. And 3), Sin will cost much, much more than we ever dreamed we’d have to pay. So, you may be wondering, how do we keep from falling into a lifestyle of sin? First and foremost, read the Word of God, spend time in prayer and watch for warning signs. Caution flags are waved at a car race to slow drivers because of imminent danger. Red lights appear on your dashboard indicating something is wrong with your car. Sirens blow letting you know when an emergency vehicle is approaching so you can get out of the way. The Holy Spirit is God’s flags, lights and siren! The Lord loves you with an everlasting love. He’s on your side and if you are willing to be sensitive, the Holy Spirit will warn that the path you are about to take is a dangerous one. God speaks to you through the Holy Spirit, but only you can determine what you will do with the warning. By the way, the Bible informs us about the intention of the roaring lion, but it also says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you!” With Christ living in you, there’s nothing you and God can’t do. Even defeat the devil himself! Go win a few battles!!