Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Charles Arthur Floyd, better known as "Pretty Boy Floyd" robbed numerous banks in the Midwest and allegedly killed 10 people, 5 in what was called the Kansas City Massacre in 1933. The FBI branded pretty Boy Floyd as public enemy #1. The FBI killed him in 1934.
Miss Parker was 24 when she died. Mr. Barrow was 25. We know them as the notorious "Bonnie and Clyde." For two years, they held up gas stations, restaurants and banks in the Southwest. They killed 12 people, mostly police officers. Because of his ruthless nature, Clyde Barrow earned the title public enemy #1 of the Southwest. In May of 1934, law enforcement officials killed them.
John Dillinger, attracted national attention for a series of crimes committed in the Midwest over 13 months in 1933 & '34. His gang included "Baby Faced Nelson" and "Pretty Boy" Floyd.
They robbed a dozen banks and held up 3 police stations to free fellow gang members. In July of 1933, the FBI identified John Dillinger as public enemy #1. On July 22, 1934, federal agents shot and killed Dillinger as he exited a movie theater. The FBI has always reserved the title public enemy number I for the most dangerous and notorious criminals.
Listen the scriptures inform us that thought you won't find his name on the list that Satan is public enemy number one. You won't find his name on the any list. His picture will never appear on a wanted list in a local post office.
He will never appear the on the television program "America's most wanted. He is ruthless and dangerous and without conscience.
The apostle Paul pictured the devil as a serpent that deceives people. In II Corinthians 11:3 he wrote, But I fear lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The devil is the great deceiver and he leads people astray without their even being aware of what is happening. He is indeed a powerful and dangerous enemy. How shall Christians deal with this adversary?
I. A VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN WILL RESPECT HIM (I Pet. 5:8a)
If Satan went after Jesus Christ, don't you think he is coming after you and me? Satan is our enemy, and we had better not take him lightly. You must respect Him. I have heard too many Christians make light of Satan as though he were no threat.
I have even heard flamboyant preachers of the Scriptures call him a "wimp." This does not square with Peter's descrip ...
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