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3 simple ways to NOT be easy prey


I have to imagine that if you’re here because of that headline, you have some experience with the predator.
Maybe you’re even feeling like you’ve been pounced on, pinned down, and pummeled.
Or maybe you know someone who fits that description.

Both Peter and James offer the same lion-taming advice: Resist and he will flee. (1 Peter 5:9; James 4:7)
But Peter goes even further, with a “How to NOT be easy prey” strategy:

“Humble yourselves, therefore,
under the mighty hand of God
so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
casting all your anxieties on him,
because he cares for you.
Be sober-minded; be watchful.”
(1 Peter 5:6-7; ESV)

This isn’t complicated.
In fact, I reduced each one to a hashtag.
Because really, if you can say it with a pound sign, then it has to make sense, right?

But easy? Well, I make no promises there.

1) Don’t go to the wrong water hole

Peter tells us to humble ourselves under God and trust HIS timing. James echoes this:

“Therefore submit to God.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God and
He will draw near to you.”
(James 4:7-8; NKJV)

Did you see that? On either side of talking about resisting the devil, James talks about submitting to God and drawing near to him.
Submission. It’s just so … well, submissive. And most of us don’t do it naturally.
After all, Sinatra didn’t become famous by crooning, “I did it HIS way.”

We have ideas and plans and expectations about how we should be viewed, how our efforts should succeed, and how life should play out. And waiting? Who has time for that?

{Pause for a little lion lesson}

Lions are not fast creatures.
Thus, sometimes they hunt by hiding near something their prey needs (like a water hole) and just waiting for the prey to come to them.

{Back off the savannah}

Here’s the connection:
God offers a living water hole, but we sometimes get antsy and venture off toward the world’s muddy hole, looking to do it our way or seeking affirmation from everyone else except the one that matters. Because, well, God’s way requires discipline and time and effort.

Some short cuts are good. But many are not.
Does any of this resonate?

  • What about your life frustrates you right now?
  • What plan can you not seem to push forward?
  • Do you look at others and wonder why your efforts don’t produce results like theirs?

Any of these questions (and more) may reveal to you where you are wrestling with God’s authority instead of submitting and drawing near.
If you don’t relinquish your plans to God and surrender to HIS timing, you may find yourself on that path to the wrong water hole.
It’s well worn. Easy to reach. It also has a lion crouched nearby.

#SubmitMyWays=DontBEZPrey

2) Tie up loose ends

In this key verse, Peter tells us to “cast all anxiety” on God. But earlier in his letter, he gave even more insight:

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober …”
(1 Peter 1:13a; NKJV)

If we lived in the first century, we’d understand this metaphor more clearly. Everyone wore robes. If they needed to move quickly, they had to gather up the ends of their robe so they didn’t trip.

We have to pull in all the loose ends of our thinking.
Anxious thoughts are certainly a tripping hazard.
For the enemy, they are a foothold; and something he can hang onto as he drags his prey to the ground.

Anxiety is the opposite of trusting God with our life.
The adversary not only accuses us before God; he accuses God before us. If he can tempt us to doubt God’s care for us, then he will have gained a foothold full of possibilities.

This must be why Peter doesn’t just leave it at, “Cast all your anxieties on him,” but adds, “because He cares for you.

  • Are you anxious or worried or just “in a tizzy” as some of us southern women might say? What about?
  • Is the issue or circumstance or problem too big for God? No? Then are you frustrated with how He has chosen to handle it ~ or how you can’t see Him working in it at all?
  • Do thoughts cyclone around in your mind as you wonder if God even still cares?

Then you have loose ends. Maybe it’s time to go belt shopping.
Ephesians 6:14 reminds us that truth cinches up all those loose ends.

#LooseEnds=Hard2Defend

 3) Stay awake and on guard

I love this insight about how things operate in the wild:
“Prey animals are most afraid of lions when they can’t be seen.
As a result, when a lion does appear they all stare at it – so long as they can see it, and it knows that they can see it, everybody’s safe.”
¹

The idea of being watchful and alert is all over Scripture, but here’s a small sampling:

“…keep sober in spirit…” 1 Peter 1:13 (NASB)
“Be sober-minded; be watchful.” 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)
“…be on the alert with all perseverance… Ephesians 6:18 (NASB)

It’s the idea of being steadfast, full of self-control, correctly in charge of our priorities and not intoxicated with the world’s bait.
And perhaps most importantly? Not swayed by our own emotions or passions.

The phrase “follow your heart” makes my skin crawl.
The enemy has convinced our society you can’t help what you feel.
And you can’t fight it either. You must just go with it.

Take your pick on the issues plaguing our culture and/or the church and you’ll find roots in this idea.

I’m just going to leave this here for now:
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9; NIV)

The reality is we can fight our feelings through the power of the Spirit and the filter of God’s Word.
But we have to first acknowledge where we are vulnerable and bring that into the light before God.

  • What feeling do you value more than God’s approval?
  • What (seemingly small) area of your life are you holding back?
  • What have you convinced yourself must be ok because it helps you cope?

Be very sure the enemy has been taking notes. He might even be able to answer that question better than you. There are no “secret” sins, only unconfessed ones. I heard a preacher say,

“Satan isn’t interested in turning you into a reprobate.
All he wants is for you to rebel in just one area of your life.
That will allow him enough room to gain a foothold.”

So we have to be alert. We have to know our weaknesses and daily lay them on the altar (and sometimes put them back up there when they crawl off.) With everything out in the open before God, the enemy doesn’t have the darkness on his side.

#StayAlert=DontBDessert

Let’s be UNdevourable

Lions are some of the least successful predators, often opting for scavenging instead of the work of killing. ²

The same is true with this spiritual lion. He looks for weak spots and unguarded thoughts that he can prey upon. And sometimes he’s just happy to sashay up to the feeding trough of the self-inflicted damage we’ve done to our own souls.

Think about how this “How NOT to be easy prey” lesson ends:
“Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8; NKJV)

“… seeking whom he may devour.” Do you get the importance of those words?

The devil can’t just devour everyone. If he could, he would. So he must seek opportunities. You don’t have to be his prey. Don’t give him the opportunity.

#BeUndevourable!

Listen, this is hard. I may have called them “simple” steps but that doesn’t make them easy. Obedience isn’t complicated. But obeying? Well, that’s another thing entirely. I get it. And I recently wrote about my struggles with losing to the enemy in a post called: 5-part Strategy for Christians questioning their Calling

But here’s what I want you to know. The more I lean into the truth of God’s Word and trust that His way works, the more I come to realize how much struggle I could have avoided all these years. It’s hard. It’s the fight of your life. But it’s a fight worth fighting!

 

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Comments 12

  1. Groundbreakers

    “sometimes he’s just happy to sashay up to the feeding trough of the self-inflicted damage we’ve done to our own souls.” Let me “Amen” all those other “Ouches”! You were all over me this morning, Christi! Such powerful guidance brought to us in such a simplified approach. But, like you said, simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. This one is going to stay with me for quite some time. Visiting this morning through Holley Gerth’s “Coffee for Your Heart”. Blessings to you!

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  2. Rachelle

    I sure do wish I spotted the lion a little faster sometimes!!! Ha! Let’s change that lion prowling, waiting to devour us into “My God’s not dead, he’s surely alive, he’s living on the inside, roaring like a lion!”

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  3. Mary Dolan Flaherty

    oh my gosh, yes, I need to agree with Ruthie and Melanie-wow. And OUCH! So much of this speaks to me right now in my life. This:

    Does any of this resonate?

    What about your life frustrates you right now?
    What plan can you not seem to push forward?
    Do you look at others and wonder why your efforts don’t produce results like theirs?

    I just posted about the “update on the book I am not writing.” So, uh, yeah, this definitely resonates. I love the bit about when the lion is seen, everyone is safe. I never knew that! So many nuggets of wisdom, backed by scripture here, Christi. Your next door neighbor at Blessing Counters.

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      Christi

      Thank you! And the part that resonated with you is the part I wrote from personal experience :) Preaching to myself with this one in parts! Thank you so much for spending time here this weekend.

  4. helloredds

    Oh, girl! Another tough post! I agree with Ruthie, “OUCH!”

    This part really struck me:

    What about your life frustrates you right now?
    What plan can you not seem to push forward?
    Do you look at others and wonder why your efforts don’t produce results like theirs?

    Any of these questions (and more) may reveal to you where you are wrestling with God’s authority instead of submitting and drawing near.

    I guess I’m wrestling with God’s authority. Oh…(sigh).

    Thank you for the reminder to surrender today!

    In my devotions this morning, I read 1 Peter 5:6-7. Don’t think it was a coincidence that I happened across your post on FB as well!

    Thank you for speaking the truth in love.
    Your life blesses mine greatly~
    Melanie

    *PS – To answer your question — Do the podcasts as yourself. Add as much of your “ramblings” as you like. I think you are headed toward something amazing~

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      Christi

      Well, dear friend. You are in good company. I can write those questions because they are the ones that have been staring me in the face!

      Surrender the wrestling. That’s me. I think it’s all part of that realization that your strengths become your greatest strongholds.

      I love that God has been leading us to some of the same places in His Word. That makes me smile. Even if they are hard places.

      And thanks for the Podcast cheer. You are going to have pom poms in heaven I’m certain!

  5. Ruthie Gray

    Wow. And OUCH. I never knew so much about how the lion works and thinks. You brought it all down to the nitty gritty of life. I’ll be thinking on this one for a while. And this,
    “•What feeling do you value more than God’s approval?
    •What (seemingly small) area of your life are you holding back?
    •What have you convinced yourself must be ok because it helps you cope?”
    Double OUCH.
    Let’s just say I get “Emo” way too much of the time. I need that belt.
    And that ole muddy watering hole somehow looks like the pic of the gorgeous aqua Bermuda water that my daughter sent. How does he DO that?!
    Lies. And really, we don’t get that we’re buying into it while we’re in the midst of it so much as we realize it later. Hence, the sober mindedness.
    Thanks, Tex. Every single post I read of yours is well worth my time. #rockonsis #BeUndevourable
    #mysiteisalmostreadytolaunch #itsamiracle

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      Christi

      Thank you as always. You just smother me with your words and it feel like a big ‘ole WV hug.
      It always makes me smile to see that you resonate with the same things that were stepping on my toes as I wrote them. We’ll just have to put belt-shopping on our list for one day!
      Can’t wait for your new site!

You have something worth saying!