Peter not only likened Satan to a lion, but he said that he is a “roaring lion” seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil’s roars might sound something like this:
Threat: “If you step out to do that, I will expose all your dirty secrets and nobody will ever trust you” ….
Lie: “The road ahead is too difficult; you should give up now” ….
Accusation: “Look at all your failures; God is nothing but disgusted with you” ….
Roars such as these have tremendous power to evoke overwhelming fear and cause you to retreat, which is just what the devil wants. Retreat into defeat ….
Don’t flinch or look away. Stand. Make declarations about who you are and what you have in Christ.
When the devil hears you assert your identity in Christ, he no longer sees only you; he sees Jesus. And if he is smart, he will shut his mouth and retreat. You are more than a conqueror …
When you stand your ground by meditating on God’s love and declaring His Word, you will beat the devil down. Remember: there is power in the Name of Jesus ….
I am more than a conqueror. I don’t fight for victory, but I stand in the victory of Jesus. His finished work on the cross assures me of forgiveness, healing, peace, provision, protection, and acceptance of God. No attack, threats, lies, or accusations can steal these away from me – not now or in the future. I declare that in Christ I am above the influences of Satan!
“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.” (1 Peter 5:9)