Good Afternoon Dear Christians,
Perhaps one of the most well known descriptions of Satan in Scripture is from 1 Peter 5:8. He is the "adversary" who "prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." Satan wants to devour the people of God, and he is wandering around, picking off the stragglers, attacking the unsuspecting, and hunting down the fool. Satan has a whole arsenal of strategies to find and to consume the people of God.
Perhaps one of his most surprising strategies is what we might call "coddling." What Satan does so often is fatten us up, fill up our cups, overload our plates. He wants to lull us into a false sense of security. He convinces us that sermons should be "entertaining". He tells us that church is "boring." He loves to lull us into a false sense of security. He convinces us that he's a good little lion who's really lost his taste for Christians, and besides, have we seen the latest hit YouTube video? Wouldn't it be easier to sleep in than to go to church? And just when we close our eyes, resting our heads on his growling stomach, we will be right where he wants us to be. And the last sight we'll ever see is him licking his lips.
So Christian, "Be watchful" (1 Pet 5:8). Stay spiritually fit. Stay mentally ready. Don't listen to his lies. Don't let yourself fall for it. He's coming for you. Keep your sword sharper than his claws. Keep your prayers stronger than his grasp. Keep your mind disciplined. Don't let yourself be coddled. That's what lions do to their prey. But Christ wants his people to be ready.
So, in that vein, tonight we'll be readying ourselves to face Satan at 6 PM, continuing to study Romans 4:9-25. We would love to have you join our training ground with us.
Southern Heights Christian Church
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