A real enemy

  • Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 BSB
  • Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 AMP
  • The thief comes only that he might steal and might kill and might destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. John 10:10 BLB
  • Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ” Matthew 13:24-30 NKJV


  • the great dragon was thrown out, the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, deceiving the whole inhabited world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9 BLB
  • Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Job 1:6-7 NKJV

Satan and his angels on earth.

The real cause for our troubles/struggles

  •  our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 NASB 


Other versions

  • But one whom you forgive anything, I also forgive; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did so for your sakes in the presence of Christ, so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:11 BSB 

1. Deception

  • Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 1 Timothy 2:14 NIV
  • I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 NIV
  • And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. So it is no great surprise if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, but their end will correspond with their deeds. 2 Corinthians 1:14-15 AMP
  • the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9 NASB
  • He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. Revelation 20:3 NIV

2. Disbelieving GOD

2.1 Canaan

  • GOD: And I will give to you and to your descendants after you the land where you live as a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:8 NASB
  • Spies: But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are too strong for us.” Numbers 13:31 AMP

2.2 Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

  • GOD: And the LORD God commanded him, “You may eat freely from every tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17 BSB
  • Satan: Now the serpent was more crafty (subtle, skilled in deceit) than any living creature of the field which the LORD God had made. And the serpent (Satan) said to the woman, “Can it really be that God has said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1 AMP
  • “You will not surely die,” the serpent told her. “For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5 BSB

3. Accusation

  • And I heard a loud voice in heaven saying: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down—he who accuses them day and night before our God. Revelation 12:10 BSB
  • Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” Job 1:9-11 NKJV

4. Thoughts

  • above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:16 NKJV 
  • I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted, Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down trouble upon me And in anger they bear a grudge against me. My heart is in anguish within me Psalms 55:2-4 NASB

Thoughts are put into our and others’ minds. See examples

    1. Eve – doubt God
    2. Elijah – instil fear
    3. Judas – betray Jesus

The devil and his demons trouble us in several ways, one of which is through thoughts causing doubt, fear, distress etc.

Uses humans for his purposes

1. Examples

  • Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me. For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Matthew 16:23 BSB
  • After [Judas had taken] the piece of bread, Satan entered him. John 13:27 AMP
  • Then Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve [disciples]. Luke 22:3 AMP

2. May constantly trouble using humans

  • Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented and terrified him… Saul was still more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s constant enemy. 1 Samuel 16:14 & 18:29 AMP
  • And so it was that she spoke to Joseph [persistently] day after day Gen 39:10 AMP
  • But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were deeply disturbed that someone had come to seek the well-being of the Israelites… But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard about this, they mocked us and ridiculed us, saying, “What is this you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” Nehemiah 2:10,19 BSB

What to Do?

1. Bind

  • how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man1? Then indeed he may plunder his house. Matthew 12:29 ESV
  • But no one is able, having entered into the house of the strong man, to plunder his goods, unless first he binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house. Mark 3:27 BSB
  • I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 NIV


  • May the high praises of God be in their mouths, and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with shackles of iron Psalm 149:6-8 BSB

2. Resist

  • Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you. James 4:7 AMP

3. Be sober, be vigilant

  • Be sober2, be vigilant3; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV
Other versions
  • Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 BSB
  • Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 AMP


  1. Strong man refers to Satan as several Commentaries suggest.
  2. 3525 νήφω [NH/FW] {nḗphō} \nay'-fo\
    of uncertain affinity; to abstain from wine (keep sober), i.e. (figuratively) be discreet:--be sober, watch.
  3. 1127 γρηγορεύω [GRHGOREU/W] {grēgoreúō} \gray-gor-yoo'-o\
    from 1453; to keep awake, i.e. watch (literally or figuratively):--be vigilant, wake, (be) watch(-ful).

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