Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. (1 Peter 5:8 HCSB)
Note that the enemy prowls around “like” or “as” a lion. He isn’t a lion. He’s faking it. He’s disguised himself as the King of the beasts, but he’s the furthest thing from that.
The real Lion is Jesus.
Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5 HCSB)
The enemy wishes he was the Lion. He is only playing pretend.
Also note that he is looking for anyone he “can” devour. He can’t devour just anyone. He can’t devour a child of the King!
We know that everyone who has been born of God does not sin, but the One who is born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. (1 John 5:18 HCSB)
So when you have negative thoughts or hurtful feelings, know that it’s from an impostor. It’s from an actor. It’s from a phony. Be alert, the devil is a wannabe.
Jesus is the real deal. He doesn’t parade around like anything. He doesn’t have to. He searches around for someone He can save!
May God’s Love be with you
Ref: Joseph Prince, “Right Believing”