We need to be vigilant of the devil’s ways so that we do not fall prey to his schemes. We can’t resist the devil if we are not vigilant of his ways. Be vigilant.
It can be easy to ignore the condition of our heart and tolerate negative thoughts. There have been many times when I have tolerated negative thoughts like believing that I’m not beautiful or thoughts like my husband would want to be with someone else.
You would think I would instantly stop myself from believing these thoughts, but when certain thoughts become so common, it can be easy for us to tolerate them.
It’s important however that we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). We can easily resist the devil as we choose to submit to God (James 4:7).
Check the condition of your heart by inviting the Holy Spirit in to show you if there is anything dark you have been tolerating within your mind. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Guarding your heart includes being vigilant of what you let in your heart and what is in your heart. What is in our hearts will eventually come out in our actions.
If we want to be vigilant of the enemy’s ways, we must be vigilant over the condition of our hearts. Guarding your heart is important because anything you tolerate inside your heart will eventually come out in your actions.
It’s important to take time every day to check on your heart and guard your heart from anything that would cause you to sin.
The enemy isn’t here to just ruin our day but to destroy our souls for eternity.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Every day we need to be vigilant of the enemy’s schemes by guarding our hearts against things like offense, hopelessness, anger, jealousy, lust, selfishness, and anything that isn’t of Jesus.
When we tolerate the attacks of the enemy, we are inviting him to have room to destroy our souls by leading us to sin. Resist the devil by refusing to partner with anything dark and instead let the light of Jesus shine over your heart every day.
Don’t let anything shake your faith in Jesus. Stay rooted and immovable in the faith, remembering Jesus has defeated the grave and we too will reign with Him in eternity.
Is there anything in your heart that you have been tolerating that needs to be laid aside and renewed with God’s truth?
The most important vision we need to have every day before us is to love Jesus with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength which includes obeying His commands. Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love me, obey my commandments.”
The moment we stop living with the vision to love Jesus and obey His commands is when we will start to drift into the path that will lead us to perish. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
This world is temporary, but eternity is forever. Let’s live every day not pleasing our fleshly desires but living with the fear of God to please Him.
How can you be vigilant over your life and love Jesus better?
Jesus isn’t an option or a preference — He is the light we ALL need. Jesus alone is the one who can fill us with light because He is the light of the world (John 8:12). The solution for every problem is found in Jesus. He is hope, truth, and the source for an abundant life on earth and for eternity.
Jesus promises that when we follow Him, we will never walk in darkness (John 8:12). We become bound to sin because we choose to follow our flesh rather than Jesus. Galatians 5:16 reminds us to “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
As we choose every day to follow Jesus, we will always be filled with life and light.
Make Psalm 139:23-24 your prayer, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” As you invite the Holy Spirit in to inspect your heart, confess anything that is not of God and renew your mind with God’s truth.
So remember, be vigilant of the devil.
Prayer: Jesus, remove anything from our hearts and lives that is distracting us from putting You first and loving you. Let us guard our hearts against the enemy and stay rooted in Jesus.