Watch Yourselves

Cornerstone Church,
1 Peter 5:5-9 (NKJV) 5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

A lion’s roar may be heard up to five miles away and can be as loud as 114 decibels. It is observed that the roar of a lion may even render prey paralyzed. We have all experienced the fear of what may lurk in the dark. The enemy of our soul knows this very well and that imagined dangers can paralyze us just as much as actual attack.
Since we are kept by the power of the Holy Spirit, Satan often uses the “Roar” of his threat more than actual attack. It is not wise to be dismissive of the enemy’s roar, but we should also not allow it to paralyze us to the calling that God has placed on our lives.
The movie “The Ghost and the Darkness” Chronicles a true event where a pair of males killed 28 Indians and “dozens” of Africans in Tsavo, Kenya, at the end of the 19th century. In another event, a single male who killed 48 humans at Ankole, Uganda, in the 1920s. The greatest toll was from a man-eating pride which killed around 2,000 people in the Njombe district of Tanzania between 1932 and 1947. Lions do attack, and they are deadly and we should watch and pray. However, our enemy is powerless in the presence of the Father.

Peter warns us to watch ourselves. Your enemy walks about like a roaring lion. “Seeking.”  He is always on the prowl, looking for those who stray from the flock. Searching for opportunities to exert his limited power to cause fear and paralysis.
The Solution, Look at verse 9 again… “knowing that the same sufferings…” The roaring lion is using what? That’s right… sufferings. Know that your brothers and sisters around the world also suffer, and do not be discouraged.

- Pastor Joel Johns