“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (I Pet. 5:8): ”
If you were given a sobriety test, would you pass or fail? Is your life marked by temperance, moderation, seriousness? We are told to be sober, vigilant. And interestingly enough, we can only be vigilant if we are sober. I have yet to see an alert drunkard, watching carefully to avoid danger. Of course, this isn’t to suggest that we shouldn’t have an enjoyable life with laughter and happy times. I am suggesting, however, that life isn’t just about having fun. It’s all a balancing act. We don’t have to sit looking stoical all day, nor should life be one big joke. But to be sure, we must be alert because our adversary comes for no other purpose but to steal, kill and destroy–ultimately seeking to destroy our entire relationship with the Living God. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly (John 10:10).”
A key component of the sobriety test requires that we walk the straight and narrow. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matt. 7:13).” Are you able to walk the straight line? Many, in the natural, rely solely on Mr. Checkpoint to avoid these checks. However, when we allow the Holy Spirit to be our Mr. Checkpoint, He constantly “checks” us, steering us in the right direction, causing us to walk soberly. “Don’t stray to the left, don’t stray to the right. Watch out for this over here, be cautious of that over there. Don’t look long, you’ll look wrong. Purify your thoughts. Don’t focus on this. Don’t be tempted by that. Watch your associations, watch your communications. Be prayerful. Be sober. Be vigilant.” Thank you for visiting, following, subscribing. Take care & be blessed.