Let’s face it; It’s not easy facing the trials and challenges of life. Sometimes they appear so fast we don’t to see them coming from a mile away. Many of our problems are sporadic. We may have just overcome one challenge and here comes another problem knocking on our door. Or maybe things are going great and out of nowhere, you get a phone call, or you unexpectedly lose your job. Listen, I’ve learned the devil does not sleep. He is always at work and as Christians, we ought to always be in prayer.
As believers, we are a permanent target for the enemy. We are against his kingdom. Therefore, we are a threat to him. So if you think Satan will leave you alone, if you don’t bother him, you are in for quite a surprise. You bothered him the day you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Remember Job? What did the Lord ask Satan?
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” Job 1:7 KJV
The devil is always busy and extra busy when it comes to God’s children. He will use others to attack us whether it’s in the spiritual or in the natural, on our jobs, in our family, school or on the street. Understand it’s not the ‘person’ but the enemy who is at work in them, using them to torment you. It can be your boss who finds fault in everything you do. The enemy will use them to get you to react a certain way so you can lose your job. As Christians, we ought to always be vigilant. Peter stated in 1 Peter 5:8:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” KJVWe are all fighting the same enemy.Click To Tweet
What does it mean to be vigilant and sober? Why did Peter use these two particular words together to describe how we as Christians ought to be? To be vigilant is to keep watch for possible danger or difficulties. I’m not saying we need to walk around
afraid or paranoid something bad will happen. But what I am saying is we have to cover ourselves in prayer. Prayer can be prayed in advance, many of my prayer depending on how the Holy Spirit leads. Most are in advance. Praying against every plan or plot of the enemy. Canceling and binding the works of darkness. You don’t know who he will use at any given moment. Remember this is not a physical fight (Ephesian 6:12-15) we fight. If it were, we would be able to see the punches coming. We would know how to block and when to jab our opponent(s). We are all fighting the same enemy. However, he uses different agents (people).
I find it interesting Peter chose to use the word ‘sober.’ When I think of sober, immediately I think of someone who is NOT intoxicated. When I was in college, every weekend, we’d ‘pregame,’ before parties. We’d drink to enjoy ourselves. I’ve had my share of nights where I was stumbling over, and friends had to help me walk. Under the influence, I would be so emotional (yes, I was an emotional drunk). Before the intoxication wore off, I’d be throwing up. The next morning, I would wake up with a hangover. I couldn’t open the curtains in my dorm room for light to come in. It was bad. For Peter to use ‘sober’ to describe how we should live as Christians mean in other words “be alert.”
To be sober means you are not under the influence of the distractions of life. You are not caught up with what’s going on in the world or your personal life. They don’t phase you! You know the God you serve is bigger than anything coming against you. If God is for you, who in this world can be against you? The problems of life do not leave you in a depressed or feeble state of mind, where you’re unable to help yourself. Your faith is strong. You are not stumbling around looking for the word of God to fight back. Because by then the enemy would have hit you with a low blow! If you look at a person who is intoxicated, it’s easy to take advantage of them. There is no strength in them to fight back. They always appear delayed, emotional and a total wreck. Many believers find themselves overwhelmed by the problems of life because they don’t have a prayer life. They are intoxicated by the problems of life and the world. As believers, we have to find balance. We need a prayer life.
And even when things are going right in our lives, we have to be on guard. We are to remain in prayer mode and the word of God. We should be on our knees crying out to God, walking by faith and living by the word of God. I’ve avoided danger and many situations in the past because of my prayer life. Our prayer will keep us; we may not get an answer right away. But you are asking Him to sustain you and help you to get through your situation. Constant prayer will keep us until the answer comes!
Why am I saying all of this to you? Friends, when we are vigilant and sober, it makes it ten times harder for the enemy to come in and have his way in our lives. We become a force to be reckoned with. We become a terror to the kingdom of darkness. We often fall victim to the spirit of depression when we are not equipped to fight back. We feel defenseless. We become oppressed in our situations because we don’t know the word or we’re not using it. Because the word of God is ‘a lamp to our feet and light to our path.‘ There is no way Satan or any of his agents can prevail in our lives when we are vigilant and sober.
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