"Be of sober spirit, be on alert, your adversary the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."
1 Peter 5:6-11.
I have been doing a bible study called, "Lord, Is It Warfare? Teach Me to Stand," by Kay Arthur. It has been a great study for me. It is taking me a while to get through, because it really makes you "dig in." In one of the chapters Kay wrote, "I've heard when lions roar they throw their voice, which causes their prey to become confused and terrorized." The comment stood out to me, because I have experienced this phenomena. I haven't experienced it in the sense of a real fluffy lion roaring and making me tremble (not to say this wouldn't make me pass out in fear), but worse. Satan is referred to as an adversary, prowling about like a roaring lion. When he throws his condemning thoughts/voice it can be difficult to figure out where it is coming from. At times, it is sugar coated so well that one may think what they are hearing is pure and right. They may not even seem harmful, but be certain if the voice or thoughts are coming from the devil they are aimed to harm.
We are definitely living in a world that makes sin look more appealing than faithfulness to God. We are living in a world where sin looks fun and harmless. Our hearts and flesh may even crave these sins at times. DISCERNMENT is so important! It is especially important in the times we are living in. It is important to watch out for people who believe and profess half-truths. These half truths are so similar to truth that it can be almost impossible to detect.
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
I long to have a discerning spirit. Truth from down right lies have gotten much easier to distinguish. A discerning spirit that is able to distinguish truth from half truth can be more difficult. I am aware that the "lion" will throw his voice and confuse me. I am also aware that God will make the truth clear. My hope is one day I will 110% know when I am being lied to, even when the lies are sugar coated so well that they seem impossible not to gravitate toward.