“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
(1 Peter 5:8 – KJV)
The first two parts of this scripture are something serious to consider.
Be of a sound of mind, self-controlled, humble, empathetic, well-versed in the Bible, considerate, careful as you think, serious, stable, knowledgeable about God and his power. Why? Our enemy wants to influence us to sin, tempt us to lose fellowship with God, and or wait in ambush, like a crouching tiger against His people. This was the encouragement that the Epistle of Peter was written to Christian believers. In their day not only did they deal with Roman persecution, Judaizers, and many other hostilities. Physical adversity. Furthermore, they resisted, consecrated, and abstained from the spiritual influences from the wicked one. Spiritual and Mental adversity. The adversary, the devil, the Spirit of darkness which works to deceive, seduce, and or pressure you from the comforts of being covenant with God. (Eph 2)
👿 What are some fiery darts?
Slander, Unbelief, Rejection, Slurs, Anger, Wrath, Offense, Bitterness, Judgementalism, Criticism, Lying, Flattery, Evil thoughts, Seduction, Lust, Pride, Haughtiness, and more.
– Example: Daniel as a Jewish captive in the royal house of Nebudchadnezzar, King of Babylon
– Example: David as he was persecuted by Saul
– Example: Hezekiah when under attack by Rabshekah and Sennacherib
If you’ve ever seen an algae eater in a fish tank. It may be relative to this passage of scripture “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” Song 2:15 This statement, which was made in the Song of Solomon, is a call to action to be on watch and vigilant to catch the parasites that could/would hinder their prospering relationship. It’s synonymous to our spiritual warfare to sanctify and resist what tries to infiltrate our mind and spirit. Therefore whether our church families, leadership, parenting, marriage, co-workers and or friendships. Here are some foxes that spoil the vine. Sin. The un-renounced, unforgiven, presumptuous and or passivity to darkness (sin) in our lives by fellowship or (bodies (1 Cor 6:19-20)). Which must be valiantly uncovered, removed, chaste, or with boundaries.
Scripture: “With these precious promises (all that God has spoken) let us cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of the flesh and the spirit.” (2 Cor 7:1 KJV)
– Example: Josephs relationship with his brothers. As well as his integrity with others not to commit a sin before God
– Example: The church’s role of keeping sin out
– Example: Jesus “This is my beloved son IN WHOM I’m well pleased.