1 Peter 5:8-9 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
The word Sober in the websters dictionary has four unique meanings.
1. Not having one’s mind affected by alcohol
2. Based on sound reasoning or information
3. Not joking or playful in mood or manner
4. Not excessively showy
The bible specifically uses the word sober in reference to how we need to be when it comes to our adversary the devil. He is seeking out those he can devour, he is not playing games, he is not fooling around and he is single minded in his approach.
When we are not sober, we are less vigilant, less conscious of his attacks. When we are not sober we are less likely to be aware of his workings. When someone is intoxicated, the body, mind and even thought processes are effected and influenced.
The bible warns not to be intoxicated. Sometimes we can become overally confident, self reliant, assured in own strength but all of these things can become intoxicating. They begin to effect us in ways that we do not see and this is why the bible uses the term sober.
In other words we need to be constantly on guard, we need to be ready because we do not know when the enemy will attack. He is ruthless, he does not care about you, his one and only desire is to devour you. Whether that is to devour your faith, your trust in God or your confidence in his word. The devil is seeking, that means he is determined, he is persistent, he is constantly on the look out for those who have let there guard down. Be sober, be alert, be on guard, be ready for any attack.
Learn to stand firm in your faith, don’t waiver in what you believe in. The devil is looking for those who willingly compromise as compromise intoxicates, he is looking for those who give in to sin as sin intoxicates. Be unwavering in your convictions, guard your walk with God and relationship with God with all you have. The fight is real, the enemy is real don’t ever come to a place were you think it’s not.[spacer style=”1″]
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Victory Over Myself – A Guide to Putting Me in My Rightful Place.
Authored by Leighton Ainsworth
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