Discerning the Devil’s Customized Plan Against You

(By Kyle Winkler) Since the Garden of Eden, the devil has honed his skills on presenting his bait. And Peter gives us a glimpse into Satan’s methods. “Keep alert,” Peter instructed. “Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8, NRSV).

As I explore in depth in my book, Activating the Power of God’s Word, Peter’s depiction of Satan as a lion is not coincidental. You see, a lion has a small heart and lungs relative to the size of its body. This means a lion doesn’t have the stamina to run after his victim for too long. Instead, the lion studies his victim to determine its weakest moment and the opportune time for him to pounce. The devil takes the same approach with us. That is, he studies our lives to determine both how and when to attack or tempt. And he uses the information he gathers to build a customized plan against each of us.Is there a struggle in your life that keeps presenting itself over and over again? Whatever it is, this is your “signature sin,” or your “signature struggle.” It is the one dominant, personal weakness that keeps getting you in trouble. READ MORE