Be an Overcomer
His insistent barking got our attention. Our Chesapeake Bay retriever, Joe, wasn’t one to make noise for no reason. Something was agitating him.
We could tell he was patrolling the back yard, from one end to the other. His barking punctuated the night with a steady rhythm. Sleeping was out of the question until Joe calmed down. There was only one thing to do. My husband Steve went outside to see if he could figure out what our dog was so upset about.
Joe was surprised that one of his people would visit him so late at night. He showed his appreciation by grabbing a toy and trotting over to play. Without a light to see, it was impossible for Steve to determine what had caused the original raucous. He played with Joe for a few minutes and headed back to the house.
Alert and watchful
The barking started again as soon as Steve got in bed. It was going to be a long night. Although Joe’s constant barking was annoying, I couldn’t fault him for being a good watchdog.
His senses detected something out of the ordinary. It could be potentially dangerous. His response? Be on guard and protect his territory.
Joe’s reaction reminded me of the importance of maintaining a watch in my own life. Although it’s good to have security in place for my physical well-being, it’s even more important to protect my spiritual well-being.
When I get comfortable, I subconsciously let my guard down. Big mistake. The enemy is just waiting for an opportunity to attack:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8
The devil is cunning and doesn’t have my best interests at heart. But the Lord provides me with methods to overcome the schemes of the enemy.
3 ways to prepare
1. Be sober – I’m told to be serious and thoughtful – to think rationally and base my thoughts on the truth. I need to realize that the enemy is a master deceiver and would like nothing more than to trip me up.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6
2. Be vigilant – The Lord instructs me to be watchful and alert – to guard against danger. I can’t afford to be lulled into thinking that nothing can harm me. I’d do well to recognize that the devil is always on the prowl.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41
3. Pray – Prayer is communicating with the God of the universe. He alone has overcome the devil. Through prayer, He gives me the strength I need to walk away victorious from the wiles of the enemy.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
Have you become spiritually comfortable and let your guard down? What step will you take to guard yourself from the enemy?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for reminding me of the importance of remaining watchful in my spiritual life. Although the enemy is strong, I’m so thankful that You are more powerful. Help me to be sober, vigilant, and a person devoted to prayer. Thank You for the tools that can make me an overcomer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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