Be Sober!


untitledI Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

Have you ever seen a small cat with lots of fur blow itself up in indignation? If you didn’t know that it was a tiny kitty, you would be downright afraid of it, wouldn’t you, as it hisses and spits? But the fact is that that cat is almost all fur at that moment, capable of intimidating us because of its appearance. It appears much bigger than it actually is.

The Lord makes a comparison in the above verse, comparing the devil to that largest of cats, the lion. Compared to us, the devil is indeed big and fierce. That is no optical illusion.

If that were all there were to it, our situation would be dire indeed; but that is not all there is to it. We are clothed in Christ and in His righteousness, extended to us in His death on the cross and in His victory over death. As Christians, we don’t battle the devil alone.

Remember that. Many Christians are defeatists, seeing only how big the devil is in comparison to humans. We need to remember how small he is in relation to our infinite God.

Satan is a created being, a fallen angel. His power is limited; God’s is limitless.

Stand confidently in the stance Christ has merited on our behalf when we could not do it. We never kept the law and gained God’s favor. Christ did that on our behalf. Glory!

 

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