The Devil's Devices and the Saints Defenses (3 of 3) by Ernest Easley
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The Lion Roars as Destroyer
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
June 18, 2006
Tonight we are picking up where we left off last week thinking about The Devil's Devices and the Saints Defenses. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5.8 that we have an adversary who is "like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour " literally, "seeking whom he may gulp down."
Wake up! You have an adversary .. an enemy who is trying to devour and destroy you! He's not out to simply cause you difficulty .. he's out to destroy you! And for that reason .. we need to be aware of his devices and our defense against his attacks!
Now remember .. positionally our enemy is defeated and we are delivered. Colossians 1.13, "He has delivered us from the power of darkness ..." Positionally .. our enemy is defeated and we are delivered. But practically, that's a different story.
A famous general was once asked the secret of his success in war and he replied, "I take in the power of the enemy." In case you didn't realize it .. we are in war! And for victory we need to take in the power of our enemy .. we need to understand his schemes and strategies to defeat us.
Paul talked about that in 2 Corinthians 2.11b, "...for we are not ignorant of his devices" (???????????????purpose .. plots ..evil schemings.")
So .. what are his devices .. his plots as he tries to destroy us? AND .. what are our defenses against those devices? Do we have any? Do we stand a chance against his evil schemings?
Well .. we saw last time that as The Lion Roars as Deceiver ... His Target is our Minds. His Weapon is Lies. And our Defense is the Word of God. But our adversary not only Roars as Deceiver .. He also roars as Destroyer. To Eve ... he was deceiver. But to Job . he was destroyer.
Now know this: if Satan cannot get you to fall by deceiving you .. he will change his method of attack. If he cannot deceive you .. he will then try to destroy ...
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