Be On The Alert!
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)NASB
I was awakened several times last night, and I knew it was not good. When I asked the Lord, this Scripture came to mind. Then I heard the Lord say that the devil is looking to devour anyone he can find.
The Greek word for alert is grogreo, and in the Strong's dictionary it means "to watch, to give strict attention to, to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one." In the Thayer's Lexicon help, the first meaning is "to have been roused from sleep, to be awake, to watch."
Have you ever been awakened in the night? This is a crucial time to be on the alert. This is why it is so important to have close relationship with the Lord. We need to know for what purpose we are being awakened. In Colossians 4:2, we are told to devote ourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving. Jesus modeled this for us as He watched in the night, and He tried to get His disciples to stay awake for one hour, but they could not stay awake. (Matthew 26:40).
The same word alert is found in Matthew 24:42, where the Lord also tells us to be on the alert, for we do not know which day our Lord is coming. The Lord is calling His remnant to make ourselves ready. This requires sacrifices of time, sleep, and anything that is hindering us from keeping on the watch. We live in a world full of conveniences, full of entertainment, and many distractions. We need to set ourselves apart from those things and be on the watch.
Are you ready for whatever comes your way? How do you respond to the adversary? It is time to rise up and take our rightful place in the Lord. It is time for us to bring the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth! He loves us so much, that is the price that His only Son paid for us to have that dominion again. Be on the alert, and take your ground back!
From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence (or is forcibly entered), and the violent men take it by force (or seize it for themselves). (Matthew 11:12) NASB