Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
Email Preach Him with Dr. Jim

Dealing With A Lying Lion

1 Peter 5:8-9

8 Be of sober {spirit,} be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in {your} faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. NAS

Introduction Quote from Billy Graham (1918- )    I believe in the devil for three reasons:

1. The Bible plainly says he exists.
2. I see his work everywhere.
3. Great scholars have recognized his existence.

Illustration
Recently, the leaders of the National Council of Churches warned the President to remember that God is neither a Republican, nor a Democrat.

Jay Leno commented: "While it's true that God is not a Republican or a Democrat, I think we'd all agree the devil is registered with both parties!"

1.    Dealing with A Lying Lion Calls for Sober . . Awareness.

2.    Dealing with A Lying Lion Calls for Sensible . . Alertness.

3.    Dealing with A Lying Lion Calls for Strong . . Assurance.
 
 

1. Dealing with A Lying Lion Calls for Sober . . Awareness. v 8 a 


NAS  Be of sober {spirit,}. . ."  KJV Be sober, . . . "  NIV Be self-controlled . . . "  TLB Be careful. . . "

Illustration
A little fellow said no I don't believe there is a devil. It is just like Santa Clause it is your daddy. The devil has tricked a whole lot of people into thinking he is some kind of imaginary character.

A.    Sober Awareness of the Devils . .Methods.
    1.    He Loves Weakness..
        a. A Lion always attacks the weakest of the Flock.
        b.    A Lion will attack at your weakest Point.
        c.    No Sheep ever killed a Lion
        d.    Pride will destroy us - Prov 16:18 (NAS)
               18 Pride {goes} before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.
        e.    Name for a group of Lions is a Pride of Lions.

Illustration
Achilles was a great warrior in Greek mythology. His mother dipped him in the magical river Styx shortly after he was born, holding him by his heel. This made him a nearly invincible warrior, but he had a secret weakness. In the battle of Troy, Apollo, knowing of his vulnerable spot, directed an archer to aim for his heel. The arrow hit the spot, and Achilles died from the wound.

Satan will tempt at Our Most Vulnerable Spot: Satan Will Find Your Achilles' Heel --

    2.    He Loves Darkness..
(In an article on Lions of Darkness Aug., 1994, pg. 42. by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. )

        a.    Lions have learned that too much moonlight makes their hunting less successful. Perhaps they
            become too visible to their prey..."

        b.    Satan can't do much either when the light of God's word is used.

David said Ps 119:11 (NAS)
11 Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee.
 

B.    Sober Awareness of the Devils . . Motivations.

    1.    He uses three basic Motivators. I Jn 2:16
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. (NAS)
        a.    Lust of the flesh
        b.    Lust of the Eyes
        c.    Boastful Pride of Life.

Illustration
A well-paid, recently-promoted young executive dreamed he died and stood at the Pearly Gates. Peter asks: "Do you want to go to heaven or to hell?"

"Let me know my options," he says. "Show me hell." Up pops a giant screen with a video playing. Girls in bikinis and well-built guys are playing volleyball on the beach. Coolers are iced down with beer. Everybody is wearing brand-name clothes and driving a BMW.

Then he asks for a glimpse of heaven, only to notice that the video is still running. It pans upward and shows a park filled with old people sitting on benches feeding the birds and playing checkers -- with angels singing in the background.

"Uh, very nice," the guy mutters, "but I think I prefer hell." Immediately he is plunged into molten lava! In agonizing pain, he hollers at Peter. "Hey, where's the beach and the babes? What about the beer and cars?"

"Sorry," he says. "What you saw was the demo tape sent up by Satan."

Application

This story illustrates one who was not Aware of the Devils Methods or Motivations.
 
 

2.    Dealing with A Lying Lion Calls for Sensible . . Alertness. v 8 b



v 8 b NASB ". . . be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

v 8 b KJV ". . . be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

v 8 b KJV " . . . and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

v 8 b TLB " . . . watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart

Introduction
What is the difference between being aware and beuing alert?  My wife Christ knew I was in the house last night but she was engrosed in reading.  When I came down the hall way into the room where she was and said honey she almost jumped out of her skin.   She was aware but not alert.

A. Sensible . . Alertness of the Devils . . Purpose.
        ". . . be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil,

    1.    To be an Adversary.
            a.    Do you deal with Adversity?   Note strong's dictionary of these GREEK words.
476 antidikos (an-tid'-ee-kos);
from 473 and 1349; an opponent (in a lawsuit); specially, Satan (as the arch-enemy): KJV-- adversary.
473 anti (an-tee');
a primary particle; opposite, i.e. instead or because of (rarely in addition to): KJV-- for, in the room of. Often used in composition to denote contrast, requital, substitution, correspondence, etc.
1349 dike (dee'-kay);
probably from 1166; right (as self-evident), i.e. justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution):
KJV-- judgment, punish, vengeance.  The Devil. The tempter in Matt. 4:1

ATR. = There are those today who do not believe that a personal devil exists, but they do not offer an adequate explanation of the existence and presence of sin in the world. Certainly Jesus did not discount or deny the reality of the devil's presence. The word "tempt" (from Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament)
 

B. Sensible . . Alertness of the Devils . . Prowling.
        ". . . prowls about like a roaring lion,.

4043 peripateo (per-ee-pat-eh'-o);
from 4012 and 3961; to tread all around, i.e. walk at large (especially as proof of ability); figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary):
KJV-- go, be occupied with, walk (about).

ATR. = He is a "peripatetic" [peripatei (grk 4043)] like the peripatetic philosophers who walked as they talked. Satan wants all of us and sifts us all <Luke 22:31>.

Luke 22:31
31 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded {permission} to sift you like wheat; (NAS)
 

C. Sensible . . Alertness of the Devils . . Pursuit.
        ":. . . seeking someone to devour."

[Whom he may devour] [katapiein (grk 2666)]. Second aorist active infinitive of [katapinoo] (grk 2666), to drink down.

1 Cor 15:54
54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory.

The word devour is a term that refers to an animal killing its prey. That is exactly how Satan kills his prey by devouring the prey. A lion can eat 30% of its own body Weight in one sitting. That would be similar to a 150 pound man eating about 200 Big Macs.

Illustration #1
 Watching the documentaries of wildlife seems to illustrate a portion of that.  The predator (lion) stalks the herd and finally, although they all know he is out there, a lone animal wanders away.  The sense of
danger becomes acute and the animal suddenly understands he is out of the protection of the herd.  His security is gone.  His response is to run as fast and as hard as he can, but he often runs right into the very
danger he is attempting to escape.  Why?  because he has no security and the running has no direction.  Running + No security = panic = lunch for the lion.

Now consider the herd and the animals that do not leave the herd.   First of all, the lion knows he cannot attack the herd.  It is too strong.    Second, the herd knows they have the combined strength to ward off
any attack.  Third, since they have a sense of real security, they gather to protect the little ones.  They don't run in fear, but stand firm in their security and safety.

To me, this is a good illustration of many truths, but it shows the need for the security of the only sure and safe protection from things that would seek to bring destruction into our lives.  We have the  pportunity to stand strong and secure in the herd (the church and the power of the Holy Spirit)
or we can wander off alone and be picked off.

The herd stands together because it is their instinct.  The children of God have the Holy Spirit prompting them (instinctive to follow Him) to stand together and depend on the power of God's love in
Christ.   From an Email from:  Dave West
 

Illustration #2
Marilyn Manson attended the nondenominational evangelical Heritage Christian School. In the fifth grade, the skinny, painfully shy, and alienated boy brought AC/DC's heavy metal album Highway to Hell to a music appreciation class and was sent to the principal's office. "I noticed what got me in trouble. I kept doing it," he said. In high school, Manson spent much of his time with his few friends reading books, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and listening to music. Antichrist Superstar is "about me growing up and wanting to become something that people would adore," Manson said. "Instead I grew up and became something that people hated."

Application

Did Manson ever make a commitment to Christ? I doubt it; In fact from what I know I would say NO! But he certainly has been devoured by Satan.

We Need to reach out to those on their way to being devoured. The Nerds are most suseptable.
 
 

3.    Dealing with A Lying Lion Calls for Strong . . Assurance. v 9 


9 But resist him, firm in {your} faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. NAS

A.    In Strong Assurance We . . Resist the Devil.

        1.    Resist with Assurance from your . . Faith. v 9 a
                        ". . . firm in {your} faith, . . . "

        2.    Resist with Assurance from your . . Fellows. v 9 b
                    ". . . by your brethren who are in the world."

Illustration
The story is told of two men crossing the rugged Sierras on horseback. As they came to a large and swift-flowing river, the older and more experienced man said to the younger, "As we get to the deepest and swiftest part, be sure not to look down and from side to side at the swirling water around you, it will only make you dizzy." "Listen to me," the older man continued sternly, "see that big rock on the other side? Keep your eyes focused on that rock!" "OK" said the younger man.

As the men then crossed, they quickly approached the swift and turbulent midstream waters. The horses began to struggle, the spray of the icy waters splash against the men's faces. The young man began to center his attention solely on the waters swirling angrily around horse and rider. Becoming dizzy-headed, he began to struggle to remain on the saddle. The older man looked back, and noticing the young man laboring hollered out, "Keep your eyes focused on the rock! Keep your eyes focused on the rock!" The young man, barely able to hear, desperately and with great difficulty focused his eyes on the rock. Soon his head began to clear, and soon they were on the other side safe and sound.

Conclusion

The great News Is this: The Lying Lion is not really a Lion he only imitates a lion. He prowls like a lion and he roars like a ion but he is not a lion.

We do have a Lion

Rev 5:5

5 and one of the elders said to me, "Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals." (NAS)