Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Aware of His Devices
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV).
Wouldn’t it be nice if the Devil took a vacation? I wish he would take some time off, but he never does. He doesn't take a month off, a week off, a day off, or even an hour off.
In fact, the Bible warns us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV).
Do you find yourself being held captive to a sin that gets you again and again and again, and you wonder whether you will ever get free from it? The answer is yes.
As Christians, we’re in a war—an invisible war, a spiritual battle. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (NLT).
We’re in a very real battle. And as author Victor Hugo pointed out, a good general must penetrate the brain of his enemy. The apostle Paul, referring to Satan, wrote, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11 NKJV).
One of the primary ways that Satan attacks us is through accusation. Revelation 12:10 refers to him as “the accuser of our brethren” (NKJV). First, he tempts you, and then he condemns you for giving in to temptation. He will accuse you and use your own sins in a hateful way to destroy you.
We need to learn to know the difference between Satan’s accusations and the Holy Spirit’s conviction. When a Christian sins, and yes, Christians will sin, the Holy Spirit will convict or convince us of our sin.
But it isn’t because He wants to drive us into shame. He wants to bring us back to Jesus.
Copyright © 2022 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved.
Watch Greg Laurie's weekly television broadcast on LightSource.com.
In thanks for your gift, you can receive Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon BOOK from Harvest Ministries
I love to tell stories—but I especially love to tell stories that point to Jesus. That’s one of the reasons I wrote a book about acting legend Steve McQueen. Steve was the King of Cool, but at the end of his life, he encountered the King of Kings. As a result, an American icon became a child of God.
This book is our thank-you gift for your donation to Harvest Ministries today.
Revelation is a book of promises! Promises that Jesus will come again, that He will right all wrongs, that He will bring Heaven to Earth, that there will be an end to pain, death, disease, and heartache. All of these promises and more make Revelation a book worth studying! We will mail you a copy when you make a donation of any amount to Harvest Ministries today!