Good Morning, men! I wanted to share this morning on ‘vigilance’.  Vigilance is defined as “the action or state of keeping careful watch of possible danger or difficulties.”  As Christians, this is a mentality we should have in our Christian walk.  Peter writes, 

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

We are instructed to be vigilant.  We are on watch.  In medieval times, castle walls were manned 24/7 by soldiers who would stand watch, scanning the horizon for possible danger, ready to raise the alarm.  A good watchmen must stay sober and alert, and have good eyesight.  He must have the diligence to continually look, and the eyes to be able to accurately see any enemy.

Our adversary is the devil.  He has been utterly defeated by Jesus, who set us free by His death and resurrection on the cross.  In any confrontation, Jesus is victorious.  While we are on this earth, the devil will try to tempt us to fall into sin and destruction through appealing to our natural urges, our senses, and through our ego.  As Christians, our job is to be watchful, and to resist the devil when he attacks.  

When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the gospels, he resisted him at every turn.  Satan left defeated,

“And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.”

Luke 4:13

The devil is looking for an ‘opportune time’, a sneak attack.  In times of weariness, or discouragement, we must remain vigilant.  We must not fall asleep and allow an ambush.  We must be sober and have good eyesight.  Pride is blinding.  Arrogance can make us loopy.

Today let’s remember to keep a good watch, knowing that as long as we see and resist every attack, Jesus, the King of Glory, will utterly destroy all the works of the devil in our life.

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