Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1Peter 5:8
Imagine a lion in your living room. No escaping that beast if he’s hungry. Guess what’s for dinner? The Bible says the devil is like a roaring lion looking for whom he can devour. He is looking for lives he can destroy. He will use any form of temptation, whether it is drugs, alcohol, illicit sex, crime, violence or some other immorality. His goal is to take you as far from God as he can, heap as much guilt and corruption as he can on your life and when you no longer think you are good for anything he has you right where he wants you.
Judas Iscariot the most famous traitor in history was one of the devils most famous victims. He was a disciple with a great responsibility. He was the treasurer. He was a witness to Jesus’ great power. He had seen him raise the dead, give sight to the blind, calm the storms and feed thousands with a small lunch. More importantly he had seen the Master’s compassion. He had seen Jesus cry, have mercy for the sinners and show extreme care for the needy. But he sold Jesus to the high priest. The temptation was just enough.
30 pieces of silver was the price of our savior or the price of a slave according to (Exodus 21:32). What would it take for us to betray Jesus? Jesus said “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) If we truly wish for Jesus to be the Lord of our lives we must obey his commandments. We must obey what he teaches in His word. This can be difficult but the reward is great. What could compare to eternal life?
The devil’s plan is to steal your reward. He desires to tempt you with what little he can offer you. And everything this world has to offer is little in comparison to the kingdom of heaven. Judas’ betrayal was secured for 30 pieces of silver. He would end his life by hanging from a tree. He lost everything. He was devoured by the devil. None of us has to end this way. Don’t let the lion feed on you.
The bible offers us a sure fire way to build our strength so that we can defeat the Devil. It is found in prayer and the study of scripture. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
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