My Word Meditation class are recapping on a couple of Foundation issues before we start learning the new genre of Epistles. While my group did Spirituality versus Carnality, the other group did Armour of God (AOG). One of the word visualisations the AOG group led us in and that I enjoyed and was ministered by was 1 Peter 5:8b:
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
How does a lion seek its prey? It looks for the lone animal that has strayed from its herd. Without the safety in numbers, the target is watched by the lion till an opportune time when it is off-guard. And that’s when the predator strikes. Likewise, the devil looks for Christians who are isolated, those who refuse accountability and operate like lone-rangers. They are the ones who are most vulnerable to Satan’s attacks on their faith. This was a warning against lack of accountability and isolation.
The devil looks for his prey. I mused, how can I not be his target? For one, C.S. Lewis’ the Screwtape Letters suggested that the devil will pay no interest in Christians whose desires and passions are caught up in the trivialities of this life, for they will have no impact on the other world. They are of no threat to his business at all. But that’s not what I want! I don’t want to be a nominal Christian just so that the devil will leave me alone. In fact, I’ve been told that Church and Ministry leaders are often subject to the devil’s schemes because once the shepherds are down, their sheep are left as fodder for the wolves. (Hmmm… where did this idea come from? Is it Biblical?) So being shepherds are dangerous jobs!
Yet, the truth is that we are all drawn into this battle against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. We have the Armour of God to put on and stand firm in, and ‘the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Cor 10:4).’ God did not leave us defenceless and weak; on the contrary, we have what we need to engage in this warfare. I need to put on my armour every day to withstand the devil’s schemes!