Keep watch

Good morning all

1 Peter 5 v 8-9 says this: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

This verse indicates that there is little room for carelessness. We are being called upon to be thoroughly self-controlled and to be alert. Why? Because Satan aims to undermine our confidence, to sow conflict, and to get us to stop believing and revert back to “life without God”. These are the directions in which he will try to push us.

Notice Peter writes, “Whom he may devour.” “May” indicates permission is given. He has the ability to devour us spiritually, but it does not have to happen. Putting the advice in verse 8 into more common language, instead of saying. “Be sober,” we might say, “Keep cool,” “Keep your head screwed on,” “Don’t lose your presence of mind,” “Try to keep calm about this,” “Don’t be fearful,” or “Don’t lose your temper.”

He also says to “Be vigilant,” which means “to watch.” This same phraseology is used in reference to prayer. It is part of our responsibility to pray that we not enter into temptation. It is part of being vigilant.

All of these things—the roaring lion, the resisting, the afflictions, suffering, persecution, perfection, and strength—are related as parts of operations that fulfil God’s purpose for us. We have to begin by understanding that Satan—despite his incredible intelligence, cleverness, and power—is still yet an unwitting pawn in God’s hand to bring about His purpose. God is far more powerful than Satan. As great as is Satan’s power over us, God’s is far greater over Satan and with God on our side who can be against us?

Have a good week

Mark

 

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