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Summary: Satan, our enemy, is a roaring lion seeking to devour us... but his point of attack is the mind. His attack is like the Japanese at Pearl Harbor... stealth.

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The Battlefield

1 Peter 5:8

It was a picture-perfect, postcard morning. Light northeast trade winds played over the peaceful South Pacific harbor as an armada of cumulus clouds sailed proudly overhead. The U.S. sailors stationed there yawned and stretched to greet the lazy Sunday morning.

This idyllic setting seemed the least likely place in all the earth for a war to start,

but at five minutes till eight, the calm blanketing Pearl Harbor was slashed

by the ruthless propellers of enemy warplanes.

In a carefully planned strategy, 190 Japanese planes from 6 aircraft carriers swooped down from the cloud cover, diving to make their attack in coordinated waves of strafing and bombing. Around the island 25 submarines waited to pick off survivors of the air attack, while several two-man subs infiltrated the harbor to finish off the crippled U.S. fleet.

When the enemy strike force returned to the carriers and the smoke of battle cleared, 2,113 navy men and marines were dead, another 987 wounded.

The enemy's strategy had been meticulously planned, carefully coordinated, and almost flawlessly executed. With a loss of twenty-nine planes, five miniature submarines, and sixty-four men, the Japanese had sunk four U.S. battleships, badly damaged three more, and wounded an eighth. They had also demolished two destroyers and blown the bow off a third while putting several other warships permanently or temporarily out of commission

The island paradise of O’ahu, Hawaii is one of the least likely places on earth to be a battlefield. BUT IT WAS GROUND ZERO… the main battlefield in Japan’s war against the US because the enemy realized VICTORY WOULD BE WON OR LOST ON THAT CRUCIAL FIELD!

Their scheme was simple, shrewd and deadly.

Today, each of us faces an enemy whose scheme for our defeat is just as simple, just as shrewd and just as deadly.

The warning of Peter, in 1 Peter 1:8, reveals our enemy's strategy, or as Peter calls it… his scheme.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Pet. 5:8)

Japan’s scheme for Pearl Harbor was to take out their greatest enemy with an all out attack designed to destroy us.

Our Enemy… Satan… has the same desire for us.

As we see in this verse…

he prowls … Satan is RELENTLESS

devour … Satan is RUTHLESS

Satan does not want to pester you… or trip you up…

His plan is to DEVOUR… DISTROY YOU

In this passage Peter does not discuss the WHY… why Satan wants to devour us

The reason is the same as Japan’s attack on the US

To render the US ineffective, useless, powerless

A non player in the war

That would leave Japan the top dog in the Naval world

Satan wants to render us… you and me… the church… the people of God… ineffective, useless, powerless in the spiritual realm and leave him #1, top dog… free to carry out his plans to hurt God.

Peter does not address the WHY… He is speaking to the HOW


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