1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
When Ele traveled to the village during the Christmas holidays last year, it was amidst a lot of prayers and spiritual diligence. You see, she had come to know of the spiritual wickedness that existed in that village. She remembered the stories her grandmother told her about the escapades of the witches in that village; she remembered what they did to her second cousin who became temporarily insane because he visited the village and was careless.
While Ele was in the village, she was very vigilant and prayerful. She avoided unnecessary conversations and avoided arguments and quarrels. Things that normally would have got her angry were overlooked because she was in “vigilance mode”. She refused to watch any movie that was not spiritually edifying, and she was always in a prayer mode.
Ele visited the village and came back to the city after the wedding she went to attend. She was unscathed and her spirit even became stronger while she was in the village for two weeks. During this period, her faith was stronger and she was even physically healthier than she had been in a long time. Her asthma inhaler was never touched for those two weeks (something she used to need to use almost on a daily basis).
Ele was sober and vigilant while she was in the village because she realized that she had enemies there who were looking for how to devour her. Her prayer and word life experienced a boost because of this. The truth is that every believer is to be as sober and vigilant as Ele was while she was in the village because as long as we dwell in this world, Satan, the prince of this world, is our adversary who roams around like a roaring lion seeking for whom to devour.
From today’s Bible verse we see that we are to be in “vigilance mode” while we live our days in this world. This is the way to stay unscathed and even prosper, despite the roaming and roaring of the devil.
Being sober does not mean being afraid or anxious, it means being wise and intentional about dwelling in the presence of God and avoiding anything that could defile or weaken you spiritually.
Go into today remembering that the only way to pass through this world prosperously and unscathed as a child of the kingdom is for you to heed the warning of today’s Bible verse. Activate your vigilance mode and never deactivate it again.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to be sober and vigilant at all times. Help me never fall prey to the wickedness of the enemy, but rather prosper in their midst. Amen
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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