Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
How does a roaring lion look for prey?
When wild animals look for prey, they make every effort to blend into the background so their prey will not see them; they will get as close to the prey as possible before they spring on it. The Lions will also go where they are most apt to find the prey they want to eat.
That is the same way that Satan tries to catch his prey. He first goes where people are plentiful, then blends into the background. When people are least expecting him, he will spring on his prey, turn them from God and make them follow him.
The people who Satan likes to devour are those people who know something about God but are not concerned in learning more about God and what God wants us to do. Satan takes the truth and bends it slightly to make it look more pleasing. He will take a verse and leave out a word or two or perhaps just take a verse away from the rest of the passage so it will say something else. It is much like a hacker does when they are trying to get into someone’s computer. They make it look like you are signing into a certain site when indeed you are going to the hacker’s site and giving them personal information that you didn’t intend for them to get.
Let me give you an example of how the Lion looks for prey.
The other day my wife and I were in a store where there were several different items in the store with the words “All things are possible if you believe” printed on them. Most people reading this phrase would be led to believe that if they just believe something it will happen. It is all done by them. After researching the phrase, I discovered that the phrase is in the Bible. In fact, it comes from Mark 9:23b (NIV).
However if you read the entire passage (Mark 9:17-24) you will see that Jesus is talking about believing in God. He didn’t tell the man that he should have been able to heal his boy himself. What he was saying was that the man should believe in God, who was able to heal the boy. The man had to believe that God could do it.
How do I know Jesus wasn’t referring to the man’s ability to heal the boy in his own strength?
Jesus knew how man was tempted to do things his own way. In fact, Jesus asked God if He would take this cup away from Him, but He surrendered to God’s will and said. “yet not my will but yours be done.”
Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:39-46 (NIV)
Again in John 15:5 Jesus is talking about the vine and branches. The branches of a vine cannot grow without the vine. In the same way, we cannot bear fruit unless we remain in the vine. In other words, we can only bear fruit when we rely on Him. [John 15:1-17 (NIV)]
Satan wants us to believe that we don’t need God. We are capable of doing things in our own strength.