Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
On the news recently, all the violence and murders in Chicago was discussed. One of the individuals being interviewed about the violence noted that “gang members look for insecurities” when they are recruiting new members. Today’s passage of Scripture in 1 Peter 5:8 states that the devil seeks who he can devour. Satan looks for weaknesses in terms of insecurities or fears we may harbor. It could be a fear of disapproval that drives a person to seek acceptance, a fear of poverty that causes one to gain finances by any means, or a fear of failure that drives a person to take unnecessary risks. First, it is important for us not to harbor insecurities knowing that we are “complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10). People that know they are complete do not harbor insecurities because they don’t feel the need to compare themselves to others. It is also important for us to “put on the whole armour of God” mentioned in Ephesians 6:14-17 and to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10-11). Having a close relationship with God and depending on His power will help you overcome any of the enemy’s attacks!