Let's look at one of Satan's names in detail. One way the enemy is described in the Word is as a roaring lion. We are warned to: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil,
as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
Lions represent visible problems, while snakes represent concealed challenges. Some problems--like lions--are immediately recognizable. Others--like snakes which are often concealed in rocks or grass--are not as easily seen but are equally as deadly. The good news is that although you are surrounded by lions and snakes, as long as you abide in Christ you are safe.
The Bible uses many natural parallels to illustrate spiritual truths. For example, Jesus compared the spiritual needs of the world to a natural harvest field. He also drew spiritual analogies concerning the lilies of the field and the birds of the air to illustrate God's care for His people.
Your adversary is not your mate, your kids, or your coworker. Your adversary is the devil and he is described as a roaring lion.
Peter indicates that Satan goes around seeking whom he may devour. The fact that Satan is
seeking someone to devour means there are people who he may not devour because they are alert to his attacks. This passage, penned by Peter under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, will help you recognize and deal effectively with this "roaring lion". It will enable you to be one of those whom Satan cannot devour. Instead...
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall
trample underfoot. (Psalm 91:13)
There are several spiritual parallels drawn from the analogy of lions. Here are two:
Lions are an adversary. If you meet a lion in the forest, he is your adversary! As a believer,
you must recognize that Satan is your adversary and there is no neutral ground. He is out to
Lions are nocturnal. They are especially active at night. Sinful places, sinful people, and places of spiritual darkness are Satan's domain. As a child of light, you should not be hanging out with sinful people in places of darkness.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of
light: For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving
what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them. (Ephesians 5:8-11)
My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.