~ June 24, 2020 – Morning Devotional ~
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world
~ 1 Peter 5:8-9, KJV ~
E.H. Chapin spoke truth when he said, Neutral men are the devil’s allies. As we are called to be a light upon the world – drawing all men to Christ – we are also called to be a watchman. Paying careful attention to what God’s word says. We also need to be vigilante and pay attention to the realities of everyday life. Through our objective observation, a Christian becomes God’s ally. Not that God needs us to defend and protect him. On the contrary, the more we pay attention to His Word and listen to the Holy Spirit, we keep ourselves from becoming neutral.
Neutrality means we have disengaged in the fight. We have allowed ourselves to shrink back. Maybe it is a lack of faith and confidence. Perchance, we fear what other’s may think when we engage in spiritual warfare and voice our concerns and raise up a witness and a warning.
God did not call us to be neutral. He has called us to raise up a warning to all. He has called us to declare that His Kingdom is at hand. The day of repentance is drawing to a close.
Noah lived in a time when the hearts of men were full of envy and pride. He was not neutral, believing and finding favor with God, Noah built the ark. A testament to the people to repent – to come unto God for redemption. In these last days, he has spoken through His Son. We are disciples of Christ, ally to God, and we declare the day of atonement has arrived.
Our duty is to fight evil. And when we stand and fight as an ally of a Sovereign God, the Devil begins to despair.
~ Today’s Prayer and Meditation ~
Heavenly Father, protect my heart, mind, and soul from those things that are evil and full of temptations in today’s age. Help me build confidence in you as I walk in obedience to your counsel and word. I know that you have ultimate victory. Keep me, strengthen me, and help me stand in the face of the adversary that seeks to destroy. In Jesus name, Amen.