IDENTIFY THE WILES Friday 16 December
Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Rom. 13:11).
READ: Romans 13:11-14
In Revelation 3:2, the Lord warned the church in Sardis to be watchful. This is also required of every believer today. Some people decide when to watch and when not to, but it is important to be on your guard at all times because when you feel like there is no need to pray or fast, destruction could be right at the door. 1 Corinthians 10:12 says the best time to watch is when you think all is well. When you think you are at your best, something sinister could be lurking around to bring you down. A particular minister struggled with his flesh. After overcoming fleshly lust for a period, he decided to share with someone close to him that at last he had got the victory. That same day, he fell into the same sin. This occurred several times to the extent that he resolved not to celebrate his momentary victory over the flesh as that could bring about another fall.
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Rom. 13:11). The closer you are to your goal, the more watchful you must become. What should you watch against? There are five areas we must watch over. First, watch over the wiles of the devil. The devil has lots of tricks and subtle measures to manipulate people into doing what he wants them to do. Right from Genesis 3, he came in through the serpent to bring Adam and Eve to a monumental fall. The devil is still in the business of deceiving and orchestrating the fall of many, particularly leaders. He target leaders because if he can get one leader, he can get virtually any sheep he chooses. The watchful believer will study evolving situation to determine the spirit at play. If you cared to find out how Satan operates, you would discover that he repeats his old tricks. Besides, he is very innovative and negatively creative. He has infiltrated the minds of many creative people, and all careers and professions, with the intention of making people sin against God. He has equally used technological development to his advantage. If you use the internet, you must be extremely watchful or else you may start by surfing Christian sites but end up in pornography. Examine your life and note the very wiles of the devil you have fallen prey to. Repent, look into the Bible and list out counter measures for containing them. Do you easily identify satanic booby traps?
No matter how impressive any fresh opportunity looks like, do not rush into it. Prayerfully watch out for Satan’s tricks.
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