The Roaring Lion
Charles H. Spurgeon
1 Peter 5:8-9
Satan, who is called by various names in the Scriptures, all descriptive of his bad qualities, was once an angel of God, perhaps one of the chief among the fiery ones-
Foremost of the sons of light,
Midst the bright ones doubly bright.
Sin, all-destroying sin, which has made an Aceldama out of Eden, soon found inhabitants for hell in heaven itself, plucking one of the brightest stars of the morning from its sphere and quenching it in blackest night. From that moment this evil spirit, despairing of all restoration to his former glories and happiness, has sworn perpetual hostility against the God of heaven. He has had the audacity openly to attack the Creator in all His works. He stained creation. He pulled down man from the throne of glory and rolled him in the mire of depravity. With the trail of the serpent he despoiled all Eden's beauty and left it a waste that brings forth thorns and briers, a land that must be tilled with the sweat of one's face. Not content with that, inasmuch as he had spoiled the first creation, he has incessantly attempted to despoil the second. Man, once made in the image of God, he soon ruined. Now he uses all his devices, all his craft, all the power of his skill, and all the venom of his malice to destroy twice-made man, created in the image of Christ Jesus. With ceaseless toil and untiring patience, he is ever occupied in endeavoring to crush the seed of the woman. There is no believer in Christ, no follower of that which is true and lovely and of good repute, who will not find himself, at some season or other, attacked by this foul fiend and the legions enlisted in his service.
Now, behold your adversary. Yes, though you cannot see his face or detect his form, believe that such a foe withstands you. It is not a myth nor a dream nor a superstitious imagination. He is as real a being as ourselves. Though a spirit, he has as much real power over hearts as we have over the hearts of others; no, in many cases far more. This is, I repeat it, no vision of the night, no phantom of a disordered brain. That wicked one is as sternly real this day as when Christ met him in deadly conflict in the wilderness of temptation. Believers now have to fight with Apollyon in the valley of Humiliation. Woe to the professors of godliness who are defeated by this deadly antagonist; they will find it terrible reality in the world to come. Against this prince of darkness we utter afresh this morning the warning of the apostle, "Whom resist stedfast in the faith."
I shall now speak to four points. First of all, Satan's incessant activity-"He walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour"; secondly, we will dwell awhile upon his terrible roarings; thirdly, upon his ultimate aim, seeking to devour God's people; and then, lastly, let us take up the exhortation of Peter, and show how Satan is to be overcome.
Satan's Perpetual Activity
Only God can be omnipres ...
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