“Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone]” 1 Peter 5:8-9, Amplified, AMP.
As we prepare to enter a new year, I am led of the LORD to remind you to be very watchful and prayerful. It’s during this time of the year that we see an increase in depression, suicide, substance and alcohol abuse, violence, perversion and all kinds of evil. It’s during this time when the enemy tries his hardest to break up marriages and displace families. It’s at the end when the fight is the greatest. The LORD instructs us to “Be sober. Be vigilant.” This means to be alert and cautious at all times. Why? Because our adversary, the devil is fiercely hungry, heavily panting to destroy our lives.
It’s naive to think that just because you are saved, love Jesus and go to church, that you are somehow exempt from the devices and plots of the enemy. Don’t be naive. We have to do what God has instructed us to do and watch. Pray. Resist the enemy and his solicitations. Resist his temptation to sin. Resist staying upset and remaining in unforgiveness and offense with people. Resist the pull to leave your husband and children for someone else. Be firm in your faith my sister.
Times may be hard right now, but God encourages us in His Word saying, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favor], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be] (see 1 Peter 5:10). Amen.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for your great love for me. Thank you for teaching me how to live in this world as your daughter. Help me LORD not to be naive when it comes to the enemy. I know he hates me and wants to destroy me, but I also know you love and want to bless me beyond anything I can hope for. Help me LORD to stay alert, to stay watchful and prayerful. Protect me and help me to continue to seek you and obey you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Study 2 Corinthians 2:11; James 4:7)