Watch Out For the Devil‘s Attacks:
“Be careful. Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).
There are two things the devil wants every person to believe about him. First of all, the devil wants people to believe he doesn’t exist. That way they won’t be careful, and watch out for his attacks. Secondly, if people DO believe that the devil exists, he wants them to be afraid of him. But God doesn’t want us to be afraid of the devil. The Bible does tell us to be careful, and watch out for his attacks, because he is our great enemy. The devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to destroy. First Corinthians 2:11 says, “so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.” If you don’t want the devil to outsmart you, you need to be familiar with his evil schemes.
The first thing you need to know about the devil is that he works during the hour of darkness (at night). When do most people sin? At night. When are all the clubs open? What happens at night? The Bible says: “Don’t participate in wild parties and getting drunk, or in adultery and immoral living, or in fighting and jealousy.” (Romans 13:13). Now, most of you would probably say (if you’re a Christian following Jesus) that you would never go out to clubs and wild parties to get drunk and commit immorality. But do you know what happens late at night? Picture this. It’s late in the evening. Everyone else in the family has gone to bed. You’re tired and vegging out. You start surfing through the channels on TV, or on the internet and come across something you know you shouldn’t be looking at. But it’s late in the evening and you’re tired, so what happens? Maybe you stay on that channel a little longer than you should, and the next thing you know, you’re hooked. Consider this story about King David…
“It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba…the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her…and she returned to her house. And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.” (2 Samuel 11:1-5).
It was late at night, David was restless, and so he got up from bed, and started walking on the rooftop. And what did he see? A naked woman, bathing on top of her roof. What David SHOULD have done was run in the house, shut the door to his bedroom, and pray that God would help keep him pure. But what David DID DO instead was to think about this woman, and ask his friends about her. He called her over to his house, and slept with her, and she got pregnant. All because David let his guard down late at night.
So here’s the challenging word for today. Be careful. Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. And remember, his hour of power is the hour of darkness. Guard your heart. Guard your mind. Guard your eyes. Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he will flee. There is a devil, he is real, he is powerful, but God is greater. With God’s help, you can stand firm against him.
Pastor Chris Jordan