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Satan: The Cowardly Lion

Satan: The Cowardly Lion

By Joel B.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

Satan has been prowling around for thousands of years looking for individuals he can exploit. However, Satan is nothing but a cowardly lion that uses his roar to try and intimidate us when we are not rooted spiritually. When dealt with properly, Satan quickly scurries away and becomes nothing but an afterthought.

Lets look at the story of Job. Satan goes before God and petitions to come against Job. He threw everything he could think of at Job, but Job was willing to take the bad with the good. Sure, Job lost a lot at first, but his blessings were multiplied in the end, and Satan had vanished by the end of the book. Where is this roaring lion? He is nowhere to be found!

Today, Satan is still up to his old tricks. He tries to come at us, but all we have to do is draw closer to God and this seemingly fearsome lion disappears. Lets take a look at what James has to say about this:

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

It’s written there as clear as a sunny day. All you have to do is submit yourself to God and resist the devil. Do that and Satan will disappear faster than a magic rabbit in a hat. You see, this adversary has been defeated. Not just defeated, but literally made a public spectacle. How embarrassing! Lets look at where it speaks about this in scripture:

Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

There is one final key to sending this lion packing. There are three words he hates more than anything. Christ gave us these three words while he was up against the devil in the wilderness. They are, “It is written…” You see, Satan can’t argue with what is written, because scripture is “God-breathed”. He simply can’t argue with God and when we proclaim what God has said, then Satan is sent with his tail tucked.

Friends, I don’t want you to be misinformed. Satan is in fact a dangerous adversary. However, we have our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and by the Word of God and His Blood we can overcome any of the attacks by this cowardly lion. More importantly, let’s focus on drawing closer to God and continuing to grow spiritually. If we follow that path, we have nothing to fear, and just as Job experienced; the havoc that once existed in our lives will turn into blessings. Thank you for reading and God bless.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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  1. This is so true.
    Satan is a sneaky coward who is powerless when facing the Word of God and the Blood of Christ. The only power he has is that which we allow him to have. I have already told him in no uncertain terms that he CANNOT have me or my family. Unfortunately, he is a relentless adversary even though he knows he is already defeated. Too often people give him power which he should not have and underestimate the destruction he hopes to cause.

    • And he dumps things on us (different physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues) that we don’t have to take on, but since most don’t recognize his crafty efforts, we go along with the program and carry things that God didn’t appoint to us. Deep sigh,

  2. Enjoyed the way you brought this truth to light. Thanks for the help it will be to those who read this article.

  3. My former pastor taught me a song that those raised in church may already know. But I love it. “The devil is a sly old fox, if I could I’d put him in a box, lock the lock and throw away the key for all the harm he’s done to me.”

  4. So true. ..Unfortunately

  5. Previous reply to melinda’s comment .

  6. There is no other truth than this. A heart connected to the devil might be approached by the devil but the connection with God will make it flee from that heart. The devil must always be sent packing

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