I Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
Peter is giving a warning to be wary of the devil. He desires to devour the ones who God created in the likeness of Himself. He has several ways he is trying to get to us and to devour us. I'm going to list a few...but of course there are many more ways than those.
***He desired to keep us so busy that we don't have time for God and we're too tired to pray or read our Bible or serve Him. Every time we go through our day without reading and/or praying...we are his victim.
***He will try to get us to see the bad things in church or to focus on those who aren't faithful or don't do anything for God.
***He tries to get us and keep us discouraged so we will think it's not worth it to serve God. (He has tried to get me with this one lately).
***He tries to keep us so entertained that we don't see our want or our need for the Lord. He succeeds with this one in a lot of people's lives.
We know the devil hates us. And he wants to destroy us. We need to remember what the Lord did for us and how much He loves us. If we will just let ourselves be reminded of this then it should make us determined to resist the devil and his evil...sneaky ways.
James 4:7 "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
Are you letting the devil have his way with you? Maybe you aren't in the ways I mentioned. Maybe he is finding another way to have his way and to see his plan fulfilled in your life. He can't have his way if we'll just submit ourselves to God and resist him!!!