“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 (AMP)
You know what word I love? Vigilance. It’s a great word, isn’t it? Vigilance by definition means to be keenly watchful to detect danger, ever awake and alert. When it comes to walking in victory over sin and strongholds, we as children of God are cautioned to stay vigilant! Sometimes when we walk victoriously for a period of time we can be tempted to begin leaning on our own strength. It’s easy to allow our guard to come down. We can become spiritually “sleepy.” The Word gives us an example of this human condition in Matthew 26:40-41. Does anyone else find this passage to be a little hilarious? I mean it’s just SO relatable isn’t it? In this passage Jesus is literally about to carry the sin of the world upon his shoulders and he comes in to find his closest peeps sleeping. I painfully confess that I can totally see that being me. Jesus warn them, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” In other words, be vigilant! Stay awake spiritually! Be on guard so you can detect danger before it comes. Remember, the Lord also warns us to, “Be of sober spirit, be on alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” One of the most vulnerable times for us is when our guard is down. We can be waking victoriously when out of nowhere we trip and fall into old, sometimes sinful patterns. Simply be on watch. Watch for times when you’re most vulnerable. In those times be intentionally veracious about prayer and worship. Watch for when you’re tired. Watch for when you’re emotionally charged. Watch for when you’ve just had a spiritual “mountain top” experience. Watch. Pray. Be self-controlled. Be alert. Friends be vigilant! Remember, the Lord gives you everything you need for victory, including help to stay vigilant. Cling to Him, He will carry you! Blessings on you today!