BE SOBER AND VIGILANT

The enemy will use every tactic and person available to him to take our minds off of this time of year, called Easter or Holy week; where we remember what God has done for us through His beloved son Jesus Christ. Most people, including some Christians, have gotten so modernized and untraditional that they forgot that according to Deuteronomy 6:6-18, God wants us to teach our children and folks who don’t know what He is all about, what He did for us and what this season of holy week is all about. This is the time of year where everything that is dead is resurrected; the easter lilies, flowers, trees, the weather, Jesus’ death and resurrection. Just like communion He wants us to remember these events and teach it to the children. It’s not the time to be thinking of personal problems and issues of the world, it’s time to reflect on God’s grace and mercies, what He has done for us and where He has brought us from. You can run from traditions but you can’t run from God and His word.

That is why as Christians God requires us to be “Sober and Vigilant”, because the adversary of the Christian is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour(1 Peter 5:8). Sometimes the devil uses people who you least expect, or suspect. People who you trust, he dresses them up, sugar-coats them, and spices them up so it looks and tastes like a gift from God or a Word from God, so that you might fall for it. But God is so good and awesome because with the temptation He always provides a way of escape  (1 Corinthians 10:13). This is why God tells us to study His word to show ourselves approved, so we can rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Therefore if some people don’t want to talk about Resurrection week, so what, they can’t stop God’s word and His creative activities from being manifested.

The problem is that, most Christians think that the enemy is of flesh and blood, that’s why there is no unity among brethren.  This is why God wants us to cast all our cares upon Him so that we can be sober and vigilant enough to identify the enemy who is trying to devour and destroy us. God wants us to resist the enemy, and stand firm together in faith, because we are all going through the same hurt and pain (1 Peter 5:7-9). Why are we fighting each other instead of edifying each other? Instead of trying to make each other perfect we want to blame, tear down, and rip each other to minces, or chopped liver. When you preach, teach, minister or advise are you edifying and perfecting as Ephesians 4:11 -16 says or do you take pleasure in devouring and destroying?

Yes, all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but God says in 1 John 1:9 that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Also in Romans 8:1 He tells us that, “There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” So to silence the enemy we must feed and walk after the Spirit of  God, who resides in us. It’s when we are distracted, that the enemy takes our minds and thoughts off of the word of God; which is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edge sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrew 4:12). This is why we need the right word at the right time to cancel the plans of the enemy, so God’s children can remember that the devil is defeated and we are more than conquerors, through Christ Jesus death and resurrection.

This easter lets not get distracted. Be sober and vigilant and look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. This is a reminder to everyone that the devil is after us and he will do anything, and everything to separate us, divide us, and prevent us from remembering what God has done for us through His son Jesus Christ, who did it all. If you don’t know Him and would love to meet Him go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, and follow the instructions, this is just the beginning. Then find a God-fearing Bible believing church where you can grow and learn.

All praise, glory, honor, and thanks go to God for using me to share this message, and may He give all who read it, in whatever language, the Spiritual wisdom, knowledge and understanding to hear and do what the Spirit of the Lord requires of them. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.

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