“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.”1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT
Lions attack sick, young, or straggling animals; they choose victims who are alone or not alert. Peter warns us to watch out for Satan when we are suffering or being persecuted. If you are feeling alone, weak, helpless, and cut off from other believers, or if you are so focused on your troubles you forget to watch for danger, those are the times when you are especially vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. During times of suffering, seek other Christians for support. Keep your eyes on Christ and resist the devil. Then, says James, “he will flee from you” (James 4:7). (Tyndal Study Bible)
The Devil – he attacks us continuously. I am sure you are all aware of that.
To overcome that, meditation is an incredible tool. Faith and religion is an action and doing, so one has to spend time in God’s word and meditation. We often consider the Devil with visible things. Do we recognize the devil with the unseen things?
At Bible school, there is a module on time management. Two things stand out. God expects obedience from us in many areas, giving, Bible study, caring, obeying principles and loving to name but a few. How many times has the devil stolen your time and kept you from these things? The other is looking after your possessions even if old and just a few.
So guard against the unseen and seen. To overcome these challenges is to have clear and concise goals for every area of you live.
“Lord I thank you for the opportunity to learn. Make me concise for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”