The devil is like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour so we must be alert and sober minded (1 Peter 5:8).
In the darkness, this lion is scary. In the darkness, this lions roar echoes in our mind and our hearts, especially late at night and when we are alone. In the darkness, the lion puts fear in us. In the darkness, we are not who God called us to be for we are called out of darkness and into the light (1 Peter 2:9). We are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
WHEN we are alert and sober minded, we can shine the light of Christ and what seems to be a threat will no longer be one.
To be alert is to be watchful for possible danger. It is to be weary and aware. When you are aware, you are prepared. Are you aware of the devil’s schemes? Better yet, are you prepared for them? Are you wearing the Full armor of God? Are you spending time with God who can teach you how to stand against the enemy? The Holy Spirit can teach you ALL things.
To be sober minded means you are serious, sensible and not intoxicated. Do you have a mind focused on God or is it polluted by things of this world? Do you think on things of above? The Bible tells us to think on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable— anything that is excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). When we think on these things the devil doesn’t have an opportunity to tamper with our imagination.
When we shine the light, we can see this lion has no teeth. In fact he is like smoke trying to cloud our eyes from seeing his nothingness and empty threats. His sole power source is leeched from you. Your imagination. Your fear. Your lack of knowledge, trust and faith in the power of God. And your decision to remain in the darkness.
The extent of his power over us, is the extent of power we give.
Nothing can hide when we shine a light on it. This is one of the devil’s tactics; to keep himself hidden. To bombard us with feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness, loneliness, anything and everything that will stop us from seeking forgiveness and coming into the light, that is Jesus Christ, because once our darkness is brought into the light, it is exposed and vulnerable and can be destroyed. Jesus is light and in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). So to strive to be like Christ means we must rid ourselves of any darkness we recognise in ourselves.
We are not perfect which is exactly why we all need God’s grace. God tells us “ask me for what you are lacking and I will give it to you”. Do you need knowledge? Ask for it! Do you need faith? A desire for God? Strength? Ask Him! (Matthew 6:26; 7:7; John 14:13-14; Luke 11:13; James 1: 5-6). He is a good father who will not withhold any good thing from His children and yes I mean YOU (Psalm 84:11; Matthew 6:26; John 15:16).