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TITLE: “STAY ALERT”
SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (KJV)"
At times, things come into the life of the believer, which tries to shake his or her faith in the Lord. Many of these shakings breathe fear; seeking to get the believer to doubt the goodness and mercy of God. And or, trying to put the believer's mind into an emotional tailspin. 1 Peter 5:8 identifies this shaker as a "roaring lion", which is the devil. He is a great tormenter, accuser, liar, and deceiver of the brethren. However, all honor glory and praise to our Great and Mighty God; because this enemy is not a match for our Creator. As a matter of fact, throughout Scriptures, the Lord lets us know that our adversary is a defeated foe. And one day he will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). Although, the devil knows he is defeated, he still tries to intimidate believers' through fear and doubt. Put this foe in check with your "faith" in God. God has given us the remedy for this noise maker and His name is Jesus Christ. Jesus gives us an assurance in John 16:33, stating, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.” Our victory has been won for us at the cross through the shed blood of Jesus. We can walk in this victory, because once a person accepts Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior. The devil is powerless against this believer, unless the believer gives the devil power over his or her life.
Therefore, for the followers of Jesus to “stay alert”, (since we cannot avoid trouble in this fallen and evil world.) 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (KJV)" When we as believers are "sober", we are self-controlled, exercising a sound mind, staying alert to the wiles of the devil. Being vigilant means we are exercising all of our spiritual weapons; found in “the armor of God”. Being on guard and watchful; (because the devil is a sneak as well as a destroyer.) Being vigilant also means we are purposely living our lives to honor the Lord. Walking in the Spirit; not reacting to negative things and having a prayerful attitude. The devil would love to find a weak spot in our lives and put pressure on it. Remain strong in your faith. Lean on Jesus as the Only Source of your strength. He is the Only One strong enough for our adversary. Stay prayerful and "Word Up"! Prayer and the Word of God, defeats the devil's roar. Stay alert and stand on the Eternal Rock; which is Jesus Christ! Joy and Blessings to you!
You have a special purpose in God’s Kingdom. Walk in your calling! Learn His Word, Lean on His Word, Live His Word, Abide in His Word, Apply His Word, Delight in His Word, Commit to His Word, Trust in His Word, and Share His Word! Live purposefully for Jesus Christ!
PRAYER: Jesus, my faith is in You; help me to remain steadfast in Your strength and humility. In your Holy and Precious Name, Amen!
In the service of Jesus Christ,
NOTE: All Scriptures are quoted from the King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise stated. Thank you for your participation in reading this devotional. I pray that it was a blessing to your life!
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