Does the Devil Frighten You?
Notice how Peter described the devil. He used the personal possessive adjective, your. This means Satan is not just “the” enemy; he is “your” personal enemy. And you are his personal target.
You may think that you are insignificant; that because you are not a bishop, or Rev. So and So, Satan does not know you or care about you. But the truth is, Satan understands the potential of every believer and how much God is capable of accomplishing through you because you are in Christ Jesus; of how many lives Christ can impact and influence and rescue through you. He knows how dangerous you are to him and what a treasure you are to God.
And for this reason, he is “roaming about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” Now, this ought not to frighten you, but inform you of how he operates. A lion that roars is a lion that does not have much confidence and wants to see whether a potential prey will run or resist. Satan makes a lot of noise, he “roars,” to see if he can frighten you. He knows he can only succeed against those who are afraid of him.
So how should you deal with him?
“But he gives more grace. Therefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves, therefore, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:6, 7)
On several occasions, Satan sent a messenger to trouble the Apostle Paul. Three times Paul prayed asking God to get rid of this demonic messenger. And God answered Paul with these words: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (1 Cor. 12:9)
Child of God, when Satan roars, don’t run. Instead, simply resist him. How? By turning to God in humility, every time you hear the roar, and relying on His grace–unmerited favor and undeserved ability.
Indeed, His grace is sufficient. Sufficient to make the enemy flee, every time. Hallelujah!