The Devilís Distractions
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The Devilís distractions
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)
Scripture speaks definitively about the devil. It tells us that he is real, that he is the embodiment of evil, and that he has his sights set on Godís people. Heís compared to a lion that stealthily and strategically stalks Christians. Thereís an agenda, a scheme, a game plan devised against them.
What do you think that involves? It involves a lot of things. Oftentimes, it involves an obvious assault. But Satanís game plan also involves something subtler.
As weíve witnessed throughout this month, thereís a powerful effect that eternity has on our faith. It puts things in proper perspective and gets us to concentrate on the things that really matter most. The devil understands this too, and one of his most effective weapons against Christians is to get their focus off eternity and onto earthly things.
When weíre preoccupied with the affairs of this world, Satan gets the upper hand against us. No wonder he and his minions work overtime in pushing that button in us. We donít have to look any further than our own lives to see this exemplified. Think back to the times when youíve lost sight of eternity and couldnít take your mind off of an earth-bound issue. Those also tend to be the times when we make poor decisions and falter spiritually.
In hindsight, we can see how being distracted from eternity plays right into Satanís hands. And yet, itís not so easy to recognize at the time. How do we protect ourselves? By being sober and vigilantÖby being on guard and alert. Particularly when it comes to eternity.
Distracting us from the eternal is a mighty weapon in the Devilís arsenal. But it cuts both waysÖ.a focus on the eternal is a mighty weapon in our hand against him.
Think About ItÖ
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
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