Blair Drummond Safari Park, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
Photo by Blair Drummond Safari Park

On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.


Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 PETER 5:8 (NASB)

The closing sentence of a recent devotional (Boundaries) said “Seek His presence and guidance that you will not be lead astray by the temptations of sin around you today.” Pastor Jim (The Domain For Truth) responded: “With fighting temptation nothing beats being in His presence and being so enraptured by Him…” I responded with the line, “Being in Him is as necessary as being in a locked car driving through a safari park!” I wanted to share the exact exchange to show how beautifully the fellowship works between Christian bloggers on WordPress, all to His Glory.

As I reflected on this exchange of ideas it occurred to me that being aware of Satan our enemy and how he seeks to devour us is only half the story; how often have we seen folk being all too aware of the danger that is nearby, but still they stumble forward into the trouble that many others would avoid. They either choose to not believe that there is any danger or they think they are somehow immune from danger. I have seen this many times over the years with some believers in their walk with God; they dismiss the threats of evil before them only to be devoured by it later on.

Dear reader, this is why we must not just recognise the danger of the lions outside, we must also lock ourselves inside our refuge with Almighty God. Cling to Him and to His Word, gird yourself securely in His care each day, that when Satan stalks closely with a morsel of temptation you can rebuke him. Whatever you do today brethren, don’t get out His car in the safari park!


25 thoughts on “Being In Him

  1. Morning Alan, that’s a great post. I woke up this morning thinking about the warning God gave to Cain to beware because “sin was lying at the door and it’s desire was to have him”. Sin crouches ready to pounce like the lion in your story.

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      1. Isn’t our Father God marvellous? 😁
        I will catch up with your posts soon. By the way, we prayed as we approached hospital today for a parking space…and someone pulled out of one as we approached – He even provides parking spaces!😉

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  2. Great post Alan. J John wrote an article – that I’ve just read via email – about the dangers of buffet Christianity, especially heightened during covid; the pick and choose mentality of eating kisty the best,me favourite, bits from a buffet, and leaving the healthier, less exciting foods: it makes us weak and vulnerable to the enemy.

    It fits in with your post for me, as you’re both taking on the issue of the dangers of treading forwards not confidently, but arrogantly, or naively)

    Those lions may be well fed….but I’m pretty sure they’d take on the challenge of people who left their window open, or got out the car for a better photo!!

    Andy B

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    1. Thank you Andy, I believe I have that email to read too…I followed him after you quoted him recently. I remember J.John from years ago, he’s a great speaker.
      Too often modern believers are looking for fast food faith with their pride intact; the odour smells just like Lion food!😁 🦁

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  3. Another great post today Alan. Thank you so much for your continued faithfulness in writing. I love the imagery of being in a locked car at a Safari Park! How often do we walk around without our armour on! I recall someone once saying that there is no armour for the back, it all covers the front, and so we must face our enemies and not turn and run!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Andy. A favourite verse of mines is : But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
      My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
      — Psalm 3:3
      He guards all around us brother – He is our Armour!
      May God bless you richly today Andy.

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    2. Andy, I don’t recall noticing before that the armor is all designed for, “the front,” but it makes sense. Warfare is always about facing our enemy not retreating. Thanks for sharing, it is a great truth to meditate on and of course, apply to daily life.

      Alan, bless you for continuously heeding the prompting of the Spirit in your writings. You encourage many and always point us to living a holy life as Jesus did.

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