This entry is a little later than normal this morning...but better late than never right!
Our verse this morning is 1 Peter 5:8-9...
"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood."
We need to always remember that we have an enemy...an adversary who is constantly prowling around us watching for the best time to attack. According to this verse we can resist him. We can be firm in our faith knowing that we are not alone in experiencing these types of attacks from Satan.
*We do not have to be afraid of him because the one who is in us is greater than the one who is against us. Who do, however, need to be aware of his schemes and ready to stand against them. We need to keep our minds clear by asking Jesus to replace the clutter of insecurity, pride, and Satan's lies with the clarity of His truth. We need to be alert, listening to our own thoughts. If our thoughts are against us, then we can sure that the devil is prowling around us. Our enemy knows if he can influence the way we think, then our thoughts will determine how we feel, and our feelings will shape how we live. But, if we will get into God's Word and let God's Word get into us, then He will start to shape the way we live. (*taken from A Confident Heart by Renee Swope)
I am so tired of living a defeated life and I am slowly learning that victory in the Christian life boils down to taking my thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ....replacing my negative thoughts with his truth. I cannot do this if I am not in God's Word every single day ! I also have to be talking to Him throughout my day. This is where my victory will come from.
Another great verse related to this is James 4:7..."Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
Until next time...
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