To Hell With It

1 Peter 5:8-11  The Message
“Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.”

I was looking for verses regarding Satan this morning and this 1st Peter passage was first, it must have met the search criteria the most. It’s one of my favorites. I read several versions of this passage on biblegateway.com and I like this one the best. Mainly because of this phrasing “…will have you put together and on your feet for good.” But I should share also, in other versions, Satan is referred to as a lion prowling for prey to devour. I love these words as well because they are so apt in describing the Devil.

Daniel was thrown into a lion pit, by order of the king. For praying. (Thank God we live in a country where we can pray openly without consequence. What if we prayed and were arrested? Sentenced to death?) And God protected Daniel all night. He didn’t let the lions eat Daniel and in the morning, Daniel was pulled out with no injuries, not a scratch, not even a few lion slobbers. And those lions were hungry. The men who conspired to trap Daniel were thrown into the pit with their FAMILIES! And the Bible says, in Daniel 6:24 (The Message), “Before they hit the floor, the lions had them in their jaws, tearing them to pieces.” Woah?!

Daniel was a devout follower of God. He prayed even though he would be sentenced to death. He ate a healthy diet even though he was in a foreign country and was expected to eat what the king was eating. He kept following God when he didn’t have to, when he was expected not to. Daniel was strong and came face-to-face with a lion. I think it’s important that the animal here is a lion. He came face-to-face with temptation and pressures of all kinds and he stayed holy, pure and resolute. Because of his devotion, for God’s glory, God protected him from a PIT of lions. A pit of devils. A pit of temptation.

We need to be like Daniel. We need to pray regularly. Even when it’s hard. We need to eat better, even when offered the richest foods of kings. We need to keep to God’s way of life if we are going to go up against a pit of lions every day. If you had to make a list of lions, what would be in your pit of temptation and sin? For me:

I have a longer list, but you get the picture. I come face-to-face with all kinds of lions. And sometimes, they devour me before I even hit the floor.

Satan is real. Satan is known as the Deceiver. His lies are beautiful and tempting. Why would we fall into sin if they were ugly? Why would we sin if we could see the harm? I think the biggest mistake we can make is to underestimate the Devil. You can’t argue with the Devil. We can’t win against the Devil. We need help. We need to follow what Jesus did when he was tempted. Rebuke Satan and let angels help us. Let God protect us. Jesus was tested for 40 days and after he rejected Satan and his temptations, “…angels! Angels came and took care of Jesus’ needs.” (Matthew 4)

We don’t take away Satan’s power by ignoring him or diminishing him. Just because we believe in our modern society that devils don’t exist, doesn’t mean they don’t. I know! It’s sounds weird. Hokey. Panicky. Downright ridiculous. But Satan is real and he’s on the prowl. I mean, YES!, we sin. We choose. We make the decision to go down and roll around in the pit. BUT! Satan is calling us down.

Lead me to the rock that is higher.

Who are the “angels” in your life? Do you have any or are you surrounded by devils? Prayer, Bible-reading daily and asking for help are all good ways to stay vigilant against lions. And I believe, you *must* acknowledge the Devil and tell him where to go. To Hell with you, Satan.

I am your’s, God. Save me.

Bind yourself to Christ. And hold on for the dawn. He “…will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.”

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