Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Word Up Wednesdays: Know Your Competition


"Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." - 1 Peter 5:8

I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior when I was 13 years old. By the time I was fifteen, I began to really get into reading and studying the scriptures. One thing I wanted to know was the devil's M.O., his modus operandi. I knew that if I wasn't careful, he could trip me up in my walk with God, so I wanted to know how to recognize his ways and learn how to defeat him. After studying for a time, I finally felt that I got a fix on him. I thought, "Okay, this is how the devil works." But at the time, I didn't know he had seven heads. I didn't realize he could come at me in six other ways besides the way I recognized him.

Revelations 12:3 says, "Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads." The other day, I heard a Super Saint say, "I've got my foot on the devil's neck." "That's fine", I thought, "but you've only got two feet and the devil's got seven heads." One day he looks like marijuana, the next day he looks like Jack Daniel's; one day he looks like our enemy, the next day he looks like our friend; one day he looks like our spouse, the next day he looks like our boss; one day he looks like poverty, the next day he looks like great wealth; one day he looks like a threat, the next day he looks like a promise. The enemy comes in many guises. We have to stay close to God in order to recognize the enemy when he comes.

Prayer:
God, help us to recognize how sly and deceitful the devil is. Let us never think that we have him identified once and for all because he can never come at us in ways we do not recognize. He even came after Jesus as bread one time, as power another and as pride yet a third time. Help us to know that he is always on the prowl. Help us to stay alert and close to you and not go our own ways, so that he will now have an opportunity to devour us. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

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