As a Roaring Lion
Be sober! Watch! For your plaintiff, the Adversary, is
walking about as a roaring lion, seeking someone to swallow up" (First
If my plaintiff, the Adversary, is walking about as a roaring lion, then
he must not really be one.
If you are going to a Halloween party dressed up as a tube of
toothpaste, then it stands to reason that you are really not a tube of
"Phyllis! Is that a tube of toothpaste walking up our driveway?"
"Either that, Bill, or it's someone dressed up as a tube of toothpaste."
How does the Adversary seek to swallow someone? Most people would say,
"By making them sin. By putting hate in their heart. By making them quit
church." No. These people are giving Satan too much power. He loves it
when people think that. Wouldn’t you rather drive Satan crazy? Then
accept everything from the hand of God. Trouble? Thank you, Lord.
Heartache? Thank you, Lord. Frustration? Thank you, Lord. I know this is
a radical way of thinking and that it is sometimes nearly impossible to
do, but it is the scriptural ideal (see Romans 8:28, Ephesians 1:11, and
As long as you keep thinking that Satan can do this or that to thwart
God's will for your life, then he's got you convinced that he really is
a roaring lion. By consciously giving Satan the potential ability to
ruin God's designs for you, you have fallen for his trick and have
swallowed his line. By getting you to swallow him, he has swallowed you.
The Adversary walks about as a roaring lion.
The big liar.