What Do You Do When the Devil Is Trying to Eat You Up?

What Do You Do When the Devil Is Trying to Eat You Up?

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Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1st Peter 5:8 (ESV)

 Isn’t it interesting and eye-opening to learn that the devil walks around, like a roaring lion, looking for someone to demolish?

A lion roars to intimidate his enemies – and that’s exactly what Abaddon does – walks around attempting to terrorize God’s children. He has no authority over the offspring of God but he recognizes that many of us don’t understand the power we have as a child of God.

We forget that we are under the protection of the Blood of Jesus.

So Lucifer prowls looking for someone not knowledgeable of their ancestry in Christ Jesus and attempts to attack them with words of doubt, frustration, and regret.

Have resolved incidents from your past ever popped into your head from out of nowhere? “If you hadn’t done this or that you wouldn’t be in this situation.” “What goes around comes around.” “You should have known better.” “There are consequences for your actions and it’s time you paid.” “God is not going to help you because He didn’t get you in the situation.”

Be of good cheer, 1st Peter warns us of the devil’s accusations and tells us to be sober and vigilant.

To be sober means to be one who is sedated or earnestly possess a thoughtful character or demeanor. In other words, to be cognizant of the enemy’s attempts to kill, steal, or destroy us.

Do not be ignorant of Satan’s devices!

 To be vigilant is to keep watch, to stay awake, to be alert to danger. That means we are always praying, reading the Bible, fellowshipping with other saints, and putting on the full armor of God daily to protect us from the wiles and deceptions of the devil.

Stay awake!

 Keep in mind that Lucifer may leave you for a season but he will return with another attack when he thinks you are asleep or intoxicated with the cares of this world.

He never stops trying to devour you.

 I’ve been saved over fifty years and he still tries to bring things up from my past to condemn me or make me feel guilty. I put Apollyon in his place by quoting the word of God “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” “They overcame him by the Blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony.”

Do not be ignorant of Satan’s devices lest Satan should get an advantage of us.


Barbara Harvey Carter About Barbara Harvey Carter

Barbara Harvey Carter is a Registered Nurse, speaker, workshop facilitator and Christian counselor. She has a passion for women's issues and writes novels about spiritual warfare in Christian relationships. For more info, please visit her website.


  1. Thanks for speaking this truth, Barbara. Satan has no power over the Christ-follower who knows that she’s seated with him in the heavenly realms. As we claim our identities in him, the enemy is defeated!

  2. And putting Apollyon in his place OUT LOUD is not only highly satisfying, it builds our faith.

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