Summary: Satan, his attacks, alertness, self-controll
1 Peter 5: 8 (p859) July 8, 2012
I found one of my favorite slideshows online while preparing for this message…it was entitled….”Today Ridiculous Caution Signs”
Want to see “them? Well, I’m going to show them regardless…
(Show totally ridiculous caution signs)
I think my 2 favorites were “warring…Please check under your car for penguins” You know there are people all over that parking lot…cautiously doing this (bent over carefully looking under their car)….and in the past there had to be real penguins hiding under the cars…
And I loved the “caution…all unattended children will be given an edible espresso and a puppy”…genius.
I thought those caution signs were hilarious but 1 Peter 5:8 isn’t funny…it’s a scriptural caution sign that should make us stop and take notice…Here’s what it says.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
We have to realize it’s written for believers…those who believe in spiritual warfare and satanic attacks…not bad luck…or Karma…but real battles that take place in an unseen area.
The apostle Paul gives a pretty clear definition of who we’re fighting…where it’s happening…and why we should be cautious”
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood (Satan might work in and through people, but our battle isn’t against …people), but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.” (Eph 6:12)
The first caution sign I’d share with you is…as a believer…
I DON’T FORGET THERE IS A SPIRITUAL BETTLE TAKING PLACE
You can’t physically see this battle…and because of that it’s easy to ignore it or blame it upon people or circumstances.
A million years ago a Christian singer named Keith Green wrote a song from Satan’s viewpoint called “No One Believes in Me Anymore.”Here’s a trip down memory lane for some of us my age…
(Play 1st and 2nd verses of N.O.B.I.M.A.
The songs end with these lines… Everyone likes a winner, with my help, you’re guaranteed to win. And hey man, you’re ain’t no sinner, you’ve got the truth within, And as your life slips by you believe the lie that you did it on your own, But don’t worry, I’ll be there to help you share our dark eternal home. Oh, my job keeps getting easier, as day slips into day, The magazines, the newspapers, print every word I say, This world is just my spinning top; it’s all like child’s-play, You know, I dream that it will never stop, but I know it’s not that way, Still my work goes on and on, always stronger than before, I’m gonna make it dark before the dawn since no one believes in me anymore. Well now I used to have to sneak around, but now they just open their doors, You know, no one watches for my tricks since no one believes in me anymore, Well I’m gaining power by the hour; they’re falling by the score, You know, it’s getting very easy now since no one believes in my anymore.