Old age had not been good to a hungry lion searching for food. Too old to hunt or fish, he decided to use his wits to satisfy his appetite. He curled up inside a cave with a poor, dejected look on his face so animals passing by would show him pity.

A pig stopped by the cave, took one look at the lion, and asked, “What’s wrong, Mr. Lion? Are you okay?”

The lion replied, “Oh no, I need help. I need you to come and help me.”

As the pig approached, the lion seized him and ate him for lunch.

Day after day this continued, with each unsuspecting animal falling into the lion’s trap. Then one day, a fox stood outside the lion’s cave and called him. “Mr. Lion, how are you? Are you okay?”

The fox stared at the ground as the lion went through his routine. Then he interrupted the lion in mid-sentence, “Mr. Lion, I’d love to help, but I see a lot of animal tracks going into your cave. I don’t see any tracks coming out.” He wasn’t fooled and escaped with his life.

The devil is a very clever foe. Deceit is one of his primary weapons. He has been victimizing people through it ever since the Garden of Eden. But Christians have a strong Defense, the Holy Spirit. He that is in us is greater than he that is against us. As we follow the Spirit’s leading, we can discern God’s truth from Satan’s lies.

This week, you might be tempted to compromise or overlook truth for the sake of your company, family, or friends. Don’t let the devil fool you into thinking you can get away with it. You don’t have to be the lion’s lunch—the Holy Spirit can help you make the right choice. Be lion-hearted and resist the devil today.

Yes and No are the two most important words that you will ever say. These are the two words that determine your destiny in life. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.