WOW! What a week. Have I told you lately to be alert? “1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” He’s always in uniform, ready, willing and able; waiting to serve his master. What about you? Are you as prepared to serve as the enemy? Are you prepared to die for your cause because the enemy is aways alert and ready to die for his master.
In this letter, Peter was talking to all believers. He was telling us to not be surprised or caught off guard when the enemy tries to attack us. That is his job (God did not do it but He did allow it). Your job is to be prepared to serve as well to be sober, vigilant, and to be alert. The lion is constantly walking around looking for those who are not aware of his schemes. You cannot afford to live your life in fear of suffering, our job is to glorify God and entrust our souls to Him. We are to glorify Him during the good times and during the challenges.
The purpose of the lion’s walk is to produce fear and intimidation. The enemy wants you to know he’s lurking about just waiting for you to be off your prayer and worship game; even if just for one second. He’s positioned in the trenches and he’s ready to pounce.
Did you know that when the lion pounces he makes a sudden, “violent” action against unsuspecting prey. He attacks with violence. The prey is assaulted, bushwacked, charged, descended upon, attacked, rushed, and stormed. It happens so fast they don’t even see it coming, no time to react or get out of harms way. They let their guard down for just one second and the enemy saw an opportunity. The prey is not meant to survive the attack and the kill is meant to happen instantly. That’s why Peter was telling us that we must “always” be alert (paying close attention for the purpose of “anticipating” approaching danger.) It’s going to happen; he will attack.
1 Peter 5:9 goes on to tell us resist in faith, “Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” We must be steadfast in our faith (resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering; like Jesus). We must know who we are and what God has called us to in His name. I think Peter’s pretty clear in letting us know the attacks will come but he also wanted us to know that we are not alone. We are all ambassadors abroad (spirits in a foreign land) and our brothers across this earth are all undergoing the same challenges. It is only by the Grace of God; that we will have the strength to endure the suffering. We must be in constant communication with Our Father.
Be sober, vigilant and alert, strong in your faith and powerful in the Lord.
May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose