Thought for the Day #281
RESISTING THE LION
1 Peter 5:8-9 (New American Standard Bible)
8Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
9But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
It's wonderful to be caught up in the joy of exhilarating experiences. Our heavenly Father gives us many blessings that cause us to abound in happiness. Those moments are to be valued with great depth of appreciation.
But, be careful! Don't let the good times that God provides us dull your sense of caution. In other words, don't let the happiness of the moment; cause you to let your guard down against the enemy.
Peter instructs us to be of sober spirit, to be on the alert. This simply means that we are to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
Whether we are in the grasps of trial or in the height of wonderful blessing, He will keep us aware of the enemy's presence. God always warns of impending attacks.
Satan loves to attack God's children when they are careless. We are most often off guard in times of happiness and blessing. Therefore, we become a target for the devil's devices.
When you sense him prowling around you, resist him with firm, unyielding faith. Don't be surprised at the trials he will bring your way. Remember that you are no different than your brethren. Everyone is susceptible to Satan's attack.
Endure hardships that come your way, with patience and unshakable faith. Expect to do spiritual warfare from time to time. The devil is sure to challenge your position of faith. He delights in attacking when you least expect it.
Remember there is no joy of victory, unless a battle has been fought and won.
Heavenly Father, I really praise your name for the wonderful joy and happiness that you bring to my life. I want to be sensitive to your Holy Spirit. Help may be to be aware of the enemy's presence. I want to always be strong in faith, regardless of any adversity of the moment. I pray in the name of Jesus, my blessed Lord and Redeemer. Amen.