LBY Week 5-Peace
Our God of Hope

Watch and Pray

Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  (1 Peter 5:8-9)

My 3 year old has the whole vigilante thing down.  He runs around in the back yard making sure that not even a bird lands in our back yard.  What a little protector he is.  Even as he runs on his way back inside the house his little head and eyes are looking about patrolling the airspace around our house.  Oh, did I not mention that my 3 year old is a Shihtzu?  The fur flies on that little dog.

Isn't it funny how a dog can be so diligent in keeping watch for predators when we as humans have so difficult a time looking out for our own well being?  Even Jesus couldn't get His disciples to stay up with Him for an hour and pray.  (Matthew 26:40-41)  My friends, spiritual warfare is real.  If we are doing what God wants us to do, Satan will go to any lengths to bring us down.  He will work on our insecurities, our families and our life circumstances to try to take our eyes off of our purpose.  None of us, no matter how strong we think we are, are exempt.  For example, here are the "accusations" I hear in my mind from the wicked one that I frequently have to cast down related to my leadership of women's ministry at our church:

1) You can't adequately minister to the ladies at your church because you are not a mother.

2) How can you be effective when your husband isn't very involved in the church?

3) Why do you think you can teach the bible, you surely don't know as much as "so and so".

Lies, all of them.  Lies from the Accuser to try and stop what God is intending to do.    Thankfully, I know that I have access to the power of the Holy Spirit who is greater than Satan to cast down these imaginations and press on.   I choose to listen to the voice of truth inside of me and shake my fist at Satan's feeble attempts to derail God's plans. 

So what lie is Satan trying to get you to believe?  Remember that our best defense against him is to pray.  Let's go to God now:

Father, I thank You right now that You are the creator of heaven and earth and have the power over Satan.  I thank You that the wicked one is to You like an insect is to us - that He is no match for Your glory and power.  Please help us to keep watch over our hearts and minds by maintaining the disciplines of daily prayer, bible reading and alone time with You.  You are our only hope, peace, joy and strength in this crazy world.  Please reveal to us today where we've failed you with our thoughts and actions and let Your light shine through us mightily.  Let us know for sure that we are not alone in our trials and help us to remain stedfast in our laboring for You.  In Your precious Son's name I pray. Amen,