1 Peter 5:8b TLB), ready to make sneak attacks… * * to steal our joy, our praise, the word of God out of our hearts.
* * to kill our faith, our confidence, our trust in the Lord.
* * to destroy our fellowship with Jesus.
Watch out; he’s around…
Slithering through the underbrush…
His movements, almost imperceptible, as if in extreme slow motion. So as not to make his prey aware of his presence.
Eying his victim. Poised to pounce.
Therefore, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.” (1 Peter 5:8b NLT) That ol’ enemy of yours would be happy for you to fall into that eroded, dry gulch of sin. Jesus exhorts us, “Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger.” (Matt. 26:41a Msg)
Paul said, “So watch yourself! The person who thinks he can stand against sin had better watch that he does not fall into sin.” (1 Cor. 10:12 NLV)
John Dryden, the inspirational English poet in the 1600s, said, “Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.”
Therefore, “Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith,” and “Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].” (1 Peter 5:9a NLT, Eph. 4:27 Amp)
Don’t let the opponent overtake you. Watch out for the dry-gulcher!