What happens when not vigilant :
Recently, I watched a documentary on a leopard and the hunting tactics it used against a family of baboons. The leopard is known to be the fastest animal, nocturnal, and hunts solitary in the night. The baboons are always together in a group with their young ones, have poor eyesight in the dark and prefer to rest on top of the tree.
Whenever the leopard tried to come near the baboons during the daytime, the latter would chase after the leopard together. So, after the baboons retired for the night on top of the tree branches, this leopard stealth fully sneaked up to the top of the tree and grabbed the baby baboon in the middle of the night while the entire baboon family ran away in FEAR.
A startling lesson:
We have a mutual predator waiting stealthily in the dark ready to pounce on the weakest link in our life. This enemy is lurking near our family, our children, our most cherished when we are not vigilant, and when we are the most tired. It is ready to pounce and grab knowing we are not alert anymore.
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:
To be vigilant means to be suspicious and alert of the lurking dangers by this spiritual enemy in our lives. The devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion waiting in the dark to prey and devour anyone who is not sober minded.
Have you noticed how the devil doesn’t bother anyone who belongs to him ? The devil is out there to get only those in close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and who loves the Lord dearly.
The Devil isn’t on a prowl for his follower but a Christ Follower via DD@Diana’s_Diaries
Here are four D’s the devil will bring into a Christian’s life if we are not duly vigilant:
1. Discouragement: “Give it all up” the discouraging words the devil will whisper to you.You have been serving the Lord so diligently, yet there is so many trials in your life. You have been trying for a child and a job for so long, and the devil will pose a question in our minds, “where is your God now?” A Child of God will forget that all these setbacks are temporary and common to everyone in this fallen world.
2. Discontentment: “.”Oh look how better your neighbor, co worker, blogger is doing.” Satan was so jealous of the blessing ,God gave Job that Satan’ s argument to God was that Job is righteous because of the wealth given to him. Discontentment can lead a Christian into depression when we are not content in Christ
John 15:11(KJV) “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
3. Doubt: “Did the Lord really say so??” is one of the famous words of Satan. Dear beloved, Satan is a father of lies and a great deceiver who cunningly lied to our first parents Adam and Eve. The devil will make us question our salvation, and the constant presence of our Lord in our times of sorrows causing us to doubt the sovereignty of God.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (Mathew 14:31,kjv)
4. Disregard for Christ and His Holy Word : Satan openly desires that every child of God will dissent against God’s commandments, and thereby ruin the fellowship with God. He will bring discord between our loved ones, within the churches, and make us compromise on God’s Holy Word. God told Moses to SPEAK to the rock in front of the grumbling Israelites, but Moses was angry to HIT the rock twice totally disregarding God’s word (Numbers 20:7-11).
How has this post encouraged you today, my friend?
Have you noticed any of these four tactics against your or your family? Please do comment below that I can pray for you .
May I leave you with this verse today to remind you that Satan is not above our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus has won victory over Satan and his tactics, therefore cling to Jesus. AMEN?
Jude 1:24,25 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Next week, we will be focusing on the SEVEN ways we can be vigilant against our mutual enemy.
Until next time,