June 4, 2013

BE Ready!

"… Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  ” 1 Peter 5:8

Have you ever been the victim of the lack of being prepared?  Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a situation knowing that it was unavoidable?  In life, we often see this scenario played out in our lives.  It could be that we run out of gas even though we have passed several service stations since leaving home.  Similarly, our lack of preparation for a known storm can cause damage which has far-reaching consequences.  Whether this lack of preparedness is a mark of your personality or you are one who is prepared for every possibility in a given situation, it important to take heed to Peter’s exhortation concerning our spiritual readiness.

As I look at the culture in America, it is my belief that too many, in and out of the church, are prepared for worldly eventualities yet are unready and ill-equipped for encounters with the supernatural.  As professing believers, we should not be surprised by the existence of a spiritual realm, and our readiness for the realities of this domain is as important as our worldly readiness.

Our God, knowing the danger of the spiritual realm, uses Peter to advise Christians.  It is clear, that the fifth chapter of the book of Peter instructs us by telling us that we must be vigilant and realistic for we will encounter a spiritual enemy who seeks to destroy.  In this verse, Christians are urged to be on alert.  Here Peter is not prescribing the care-free, easy Christian life expounded by so many in Christian circles today, rather he is saying be careful.  He does not want a passive Christian lifestyle for he realizes that Christians will experience spiritual warfare… therefore, he is calling for a Christian life that is active.  He is making an appeal, for wide-awake, watchful, self-controlled, disciplined Christians who will not carelessly allow Satan to quickly gain an advantage (Ephesians 4:26-27 and 2 Corinthians 2:10-11).  He makes such an appeal for he knows the adversary, the prince of the power of the air, the one whose mission and methods are clearly describe as he who prowls seeking to devour.  

My question is this my brothers and sisters in Christ, are we vigilant and prepared?  For you see, if we look many of us have seen the movement of God in our lives and in our churches.  During my youth groups recent Youth Spiritual Emphasis Retreat we clearly saw God renew the youth and during our church-wide revival He has awoken many.  Do not think that the roaring lion has not taken notice of the movement around me and that he will not take notice of the movement of God in your life.  I beckon each of you to stand with me and be alert for our battle has just begun.