“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8, New King James Version). The roar of the lion began in the early morning hours, long before daybreak. There was no mistaking the sound. Somewhere nearby the powerful beast was on the prowl. His mighty roar can be heard for up to five miles so hopefully he wasn’t that close to our camp. It also helped my nerves to know we were protected by a fence (although preferred not to test its efficacy). Lions are meat-eating predators,…

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

Years ago I loved to go to the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday to watch the lions. On my day off I would take my pastor’s wife and son on outings to the zoo. The staff had not fed the lions for a couple of days so on Tuesday you could see roaring lions at their best (or worst). Every time I read this verse my mind goes back to those roaring lions.

Our devotional verse compares the devil to a roaring lion. I think some people have forgotten that Satan is our adversary. The Apostle Peter had several close encounters with Satan and reminded us not only of his existence but of his tactics. Satan stalks us to see if we will fall prey to him. He is not our friend.

Prayer: Lord keep me close to You. When I stay close to You, the enemy backs off. I don’t want to be so drunk on the cares of this life that I am not aware of the devil’s tactics.

Devotion by Kaye Singleton

    “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:9 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). Deception is an old trick Satan has used throughout the ages. He used it on Eve as recorded in the Book of Genesis and he is still trying to deceive today. Deception causes us to question the truth of God’s Word. The Apostle Paul was aware of Satan’s tactics when he wrote these words of admonition to the Galatians in our devotional verse. Paul warned the believers in Galatia not to be deceived because God will not be mocked or laughed at. The end result of falling for Satan’s deception is we will reap what we sow.
    Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your Word that gives me clear direction. Keep me from falling prey to the trick of deception. One day the Deceiver will be cast into Hell and we’ll be rid of this nuisance forever. In Jesus Name! Amen and Amen!
    Devotion by Kaye Singleton