Tuesday, April 3, 2012

lions and lions and lions, oh my!

inspiration: a bible study led by my wonderful friend Deana :)

so last night, my friend Deana stepped up and led an awesome Bible study last night.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. -1 Peter 5:8
last night, this was our springboard of conversation.
Satan is like a lion, prowling around, just waiting for us to stumble so it can attack.

we talked about how lions, in their natural habitat, feed where there is disobedience, where there is bait, where the light has gone out, where there is fear; they exhaust their pray and they isolate their target.

Satan does the exact same thing.

Satan attacks us when we are not walking with God.
we've all experienced those moments when we begin to slowly drift away from truth and then find ourselves slowly falling back into old habits. or maybe, we don't even realize it until we've been drug into the darkness.

Satan attacks us using our weaknesses, our "bait".
he has specifically targeted us because he knows our weaknesses. he is always on the prowl and constantly trying to lure in his prey.

Satan attacks when the "light has gone out".
as children of God, we are children of light. Satan can't stand that! God > Satan when there is light present in our lives. when we are obedient, Satan has no power over us because God's power reigns.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. -Matthew 5:14-15
we are meant to shine! our light infuriates Satan and he is just waiting for an opportunity to pounce at us when our light begins to flicker out instead of shine.

Satan creates and attacks where there is fear.
this is definitely an area where a lot of us began opening up about the fears we have.
fears about eternity.
fears about not being good enough.
fears about what other people think.
fears about failure.

Satan uses the "ifs" in life to instill fear in us.
he preys on that fear and before we know it, he attacks.

for me, most of my life has been lived in the realm of "i don't want to fail; i don't want to let other people down". i've been prideful and  i've become weary, restless, and in some cases very bitter about my circumstances, but i've covered it all up with the facade of pride because i didn't want to look like a failure.

we talked about how when we choose to live in fear and surround ourselves with the "what ifs", we are now consumed by that fear instead of being consumed by faith. and we encouraged and reminded each other that courage and faith aren't the absence of fear, but the presence of God and recognizing the fact that we can overcome fear.

Satan exhausts us and isolates us.
lions don't attack three gazelles at a time. they chase one.
and they run.
and continue to run.
and continue to run.
until finally the gazelle slows down.
or falls.
and then it attacks.

Satan likes to get into our heads and make us think "we're the only one".
i know for me, in the times that i've been under attack the most, i've been vigilant about not being alone.
as an introvert, this is quite the challenge - if ever i'm tired and weary or just want time to process things and truly rest, i have to be by myself. but given Satan's tactics, even when i want to be alone, sometimes i can't allow myself to be.

last night, a lot of light was shed on how to recognize and overcome Satan.
after talking to my roommate last night, i was excited and empowered to hear how she had responded to the message and conversation and to share what i had learned. it's exciting to know that our community is growing and strengthening and i'm excited to see what light is shed for us next week as i continue on our "lion" discussion as i re-read "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day" and share the wisdom that it has to offer.

what are your greatest fears?
how have you worked to shed light into the darkness and overcome those fears?

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