Message for November 18, 2018 from Pastor Shirley

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking

whom he may devour:whom resist steadfast in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8-9

     The above scripture didn’t say our adversary was a roaring lion.  The Scripture reads our adversary the devil walks around “as” a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  It’s one thing to be a lion but it’s another to pretend to be a lion.

     The devil is a bully.  He may look and sound intimidating but he can only roar.  He only has one weapon going for him and that weapon is fear.  If he can get us to fear by using his appearance and what he sounds like, he can control us.

     God gave you everything you need to stand up to the devil.  The Word is a mighty weapon to silence him. As Christians we have to learn to stand up to him by speaking the Word. He cannot make you be anything else because God has already declared who you are. His purpose in bullying you is to keep you out step, out of sync, out of balance and in opposition to that which God has declared you to be.

     Don’t allow your mind to become the playground of the devil. When you stand your ground, the devil flees from you.  

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:7-8

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