In the jungle, the quiet jungle, the lion sleeps tonight….
The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Robert John, 1971
Do you believe in the devil? Sometimes we may joke, “The devil made me do it” when we give into temptations. But do you really believe the devil is trying to get you to do wrong things? Or Are you living your live without a thought to the devil at all?
1 Peter 5:8 warns us, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." Unfortunately many of us live our lives more like the Wemaway song, assuming that the “the lion sleeps tonight.” But the devil is not a sleeping lion, he is a prowling lion waiting to devour us.
The devil even tempted Jesus! The devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, and each time Jesus fought that temptation with the same phrase, "It is written..." Jesus used the Holy Scriptures, our Bible, to refute the devil. He shows us His perfect model to resist temptation: The Word of God, which is sharper than a sword (Heb 4:12), and ready to slay the lion, the devil.
We need to be reading the Bible and memorizing scripture so that we too can resist the devils temptation. Then when we are in the jungles of life, we can fight the lion. And win.
1. Do you believe the devil is a lion on the prowl or a sleeping lion?
2. Ask God to help you fight the devil, then get busy yourself memorizing God's word.
3. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7) Stand strong in your resistance of sin, realizing that as you stand strong, the devil will eventually flee.
Karaoke: Dear Lord, Help me recognize and remember the truths of the Bible, so that I may resist the temptations of the devil. Give me faith in You Lord, keeping me alert and praying, so that I may not fall into temptation. And if I do fall, Lord, prompt me with the Holy Spirit so that I may turn and ask your forgiveness. Thank you for your precious son, who showed me how to fight temptation. In Jesus Name, amen.
Rock On: Read about how to protect yourself by wearing the Armor of God in Ephesians 6:11-18.