Anticipating An Attack

We are going to be attacked! Sometimes it’s an all out frontal assault, usually when we are at a low point in our lives. More often, it’s when we are off guard. In I Peter 5:8, we are warned: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” One of the ways to be alert is to understand his strategy. He often works on your thinking. He will give you reasons why you should or should not do certain things. Then, he will use your emotions! Having planted ideas in your mind, he stirs your emotions. “I would really enjoy or benefit by that!” or “I can’t do that, it’s too hard or too unpleasant!” He suggests that if it’s that enjoyable it must be all right, or if it’s difficult or unpleasant, God wouldn’t expect you to do it. Having your mind trained to bring Scripture to bear on your thinking is essential. Hebrews 5:14 tells us why we need to become adept in our understanding of God’s Word; “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” If we don’t become mature in understanding and applying Biblical truth, we may end up satisfying the “lion’s” appetite!  William Cowper speaks to this in his hymn, “The Spirit Breathes upon the Word.” He wrote: “The Spirit breathes upon the Word and brings the truth to sight: precepts and promises afford a sanctifying light.” Selah! Our options are to know the Word and be disciplined to test all our thinking, in order to be sure it’s in harmony with the Word.    Ron

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