Self-Controlled And Alert

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 107 - 1 Peter 5:8-11 - Self-Controlled And Alert - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 107 – 1 Peter 5:8-11 – Self-Controlled And Alert – Growing As Disciples

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:8-11 (NIV)

Strong, Firm And Steadfast

Are you weaker or are you stronger because you have endured suffering? Do you have lesser or greater faith because you have experienced trials? Have your relied on me less or more because you have been under attack by the devil and all his evil? Has suffering and trials and evil attacks caused you to be less or more self-controlled, alert, watchful and on guard? Are you more powerfully resisting evil and standing firm in your faith because of what you have had to endure in this life? Have you thought that it is strange that you have had to endure hardship? Have you felt that you are the only one who has had to go through great difficulty? Finally, my last question, is your relationship with me less or more intimate because of all the troubles and trials you have gone through in life? Alright, I see where all your questions are headed. I get the point that you are making. You are a quick study. Tell me what is the point that I am making. This life is filled with pain and suffering. I can expect to come under attack. You suffered. I will suffer. You endured attacks. I will endure attacks. No pain or suffering or trials or attacks of evil are unique to me. I am not alone. I am not the only one. So, I need not have any poor me attitude about them. What I need to do is be self-controlled and alert, watchful and on guard. I need to draw near to you in every adversity I will face in life. You will be with me to help me. You will sustain and strengthen me. You will make me strong and firm and steadfast in every trial I face. You will encourage me. My faith in you will grow stronger as I more fully come to rely on you. My life with you will grow more intimate as I allow you to be my rock and fortress and deliver. I can take shelter in you. Even though I do not like pain and sufferings and trails, you will use them to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans in my life. So, I will trust you. I will rely on you. I will ask for your help. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me in every adversity in life. You do understand the point I was making. Yes, I do. That is very good.

Lord, I will remain self-controlled and alert. I will be watchful and on guard against the devil and all his evil attacks. I will not think it strange that I am going through suffering in this life. I will rely on you fully to make me strong, firm and steadfast in every trial. Amen

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Self-Controlled And Alert

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 34 - 1 Peter 5:8-9 - Self-Controlled And Alert - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 34 – 1 Peter 5:8-9 – Self-Controlled And Alert – Growing As Disciples

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)  

Watch Out

I have not been doing that. You have not been doing what? I have not been alert. I have not been watching out. I have not been careful. I have not been observant. Most of all, I have not been self-controlled. That’s not good. I have let the devil sneak up on me and attack me with his evil. I have been very slow to recognize that I was in a spiritual battle. I have engaged in a conflict that was not my own. I have foolishly fought with my own strength, which, we both know, never ends well. That’s true.

You sound discouraged. You seem depressed. Is it that easy to hear and see? Yes, it is. Even if it weren’t, my thoughts and feelings cannot be hidden from you. You know what I am thinking and feeling even before I do. Yes, I do. I do have a question for you. Go ahead, I am listening. Do you think your spiritual battle with evil is now over? Has the attack you have been under completely passed by? I thought so. Do my questions make you want to think again? Yes, they do. What are you just now realizing? My spiritual battle with evil is not over. Why do you say that? I feel this weight of condemnation. As you noticed, I am discouraged and depressed. I have been living under condemnation because I have been caught napping. I have been discouraged and depressed because once again I have experienced a defeat because I was not vigilant. I was not watching out. I was not on guard. Even more foolishly, I relied on my own power and strength once the battle began. Yes, you were not vigilant. Yes, you relied on your own power and strength. But, don’t let yourself fall under the condemnation of the devil. That is not my desire for you. It is my plan that you will learn from your mistakes. Will you learn? Will you get up and keep moving forward with me? Yes Lord, I will. That is very good.

So, you can be very sure that all is not lost. How so? You tell me. Once again, I am learning a lesson. I am learning to be vigilant. I am learning to watch out. I am learning to rely on you when I am faced with a battle. You will help me. You will fight with me. You will fight for me. You will fight through me. You will help me stand against the Devil and all his evil. Yes, I will. Rely on me. Yes, I will. That is very good.

Lord, I have been caught napping. I have not been watchful and on alert to attacks by the Devil and his evil. Help me to be watchful, careful, disciplined and alert. Help me to resist him and stand firm against all his evil attacks. Strengthen me with your power. Amen

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Self-Controlled And Alert

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Be - 1 Peter 5:8-11 - Self - Controlled And Alert - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – 1 Peter 5:8-11 – Self – Controlled And Alert – Growing As Disciples

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:8-11 (NIV)  

Napping 

Be self-controlled. Be alert. Don’t be caught napping. Don’t think that you can sleep walk through your life of faith. The devil and all his evil has filled this world. He is roaming all around, like a roaring lion, seeking who he may devour. Don’t let that be you. Stand firm in your faith. Draw near to me. Submit yourself to me. Resist him and he will flee from you. Do you understand all that I am saying to you? I’m not sure. Can I ask you some questions? You may always come to me to ask me questions.  

I want to be self-controlled and alert. I want to stand firm in my faith. I don’t want to sleep walk through my life of faith. I want to resist the devil. I don’t want to fall into temptation. I don’t want to let myself be devoured by the devil and all his evil. I’m not sure how all this is possible. If I rely on my own strength, I will surely fail. That’s true, you cannot stand firm in your faith and resist the devil with your own strength. You must submit yourself to me. What does that mean? How can I submit myself to you? Leave your old life of sin behind you. Flee every evil. Don’t allow yourself to be in the wrong places at the wrong times. Don’t go where you should not go. Don’t do what you should not do. Run to me. I have made you dead to your old sin filled life. I have made you alive to me. Don’t ever submit yourself again to your old sin filled life. Instead draw near to me. Live the new life that I have called you to live. Go where I guide you. Do what I ask of you. Let my word dwell in you richly. My word will change your heart. My word will transform your mind. My word will make you able to think my thoughts and speak my words. My word will make you able to stand firm in your faith. My word will fight in you, with you and for you. My word will make you able to stand against the devil and all his evil attacks. My word will make you strong, firm and steadfast. My word will make you able to stand in victory with me. Now, do you understand? Yes Lord, I understand. 

Lord, I will not be caught napping. I will be self-controlled and alert against the devil and all his attacks. I allow your word to make me able to stand against evil. I will allow you to restore, support, strengthen and establish me as I stand firm in my faith in you. Amen

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