Don’t Fall Asleep
Don’t Fall Asleep!
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded, Be watchful because your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour”.
At first I was stunned by this verse, you know because we live in America in 2011 and to be honest we don’t think too much about the devil in our everyday lives. But this verse has kicked me in the seat. This word for “watchful” literally means, “Wake Up!” as if to say to me, “Wake up and look around you, we’re in a huge, cosmic battle and you’ve fallen asleep in your church pew in the middle of a battle field and the devil is at your shoulder with his jaws wide open ready to pounce”.
We’ve got to stay on our guard, the devil is real and he and his goons are on the front line of this battle and are voracious and tireless in their efforts to bring us down. In fact, they have spies behind enemy lines that will masquerade as our allies to draw us into their confidence, but their end is death. I know this sounds like something out of science fiction or the Lord of the Rings, but this is as real as it gets. That’s why we need to wake up and be alert.
So what about practically? Study God’s Word. Read it slowly and think about what every word means. Write down what God is teaching you about it. Pray that God will use it to make you more like Jesus. Share what you’re learning with your friends.
This fight is not going to go away, if we pretend it’s not there then the devil has already won.
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