1Peter 5:8: Be sober, bevigilant: because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking who me he may devour.

Isn’t it interesting in the above passage that the devil has to seek our those whom he may devour? This means that he can’t devour everyone. Don’t surrender, your authority to him and be found among those whom he can devour! Also, did you notice that he roams about like, or as, “a roaring lion?”

I asked the Lord why the devil goes about as a roaring lion and not some other creature. He led me to Proverbs 19:12, which says, “The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion.”

The devil is an imposter who goes about as a roaring lion because he is imitating the King of Kings, our Lord Jesus, the real lion of Judah. He wants people to think that our King is full of wrath, anger, and rage against us. He comes at us roaring with the voice of condemnation, accusation, and shame.

Satan wants you to have the impression that you have failed God, and that He is not only disappointed with you. Now, if toy believe that about God, would toy be taking refuge under the shelter of His wings? Would you be taking your rightful place of authority, power and strength? Of course not. In fact, you will flee from God!

That is exactly where the devil wants you to be. When toy run away from God, you are running straight into the devil’s snare. You abdicate your place of intimacy with God.

Beloved, you need to know this: You are loved. God is not mad at you. In Christ you can have the confident assurance that toy are forgiven, loved and righteous (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:38; 2Corinthians 5:21). The Lord Jesus has taken all your punishment at the cross so that today, you can enjoy His undeserved, unearned, and unmerited favor. God sees you in Christ, who is completely spotless and without blame.

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