I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth 3 John 1:4
God’s desire is for His children to walk in fullness in every area of life. That was his design from the beginning. He so longs to walk with us in intimacy in every season of life.
In the world we will have tribulations. It is inevitable to be in the world and not go through testing, trials, persecution, or pain. We are seeing pestilence, earthquakes, famine, civil unrest, nations rising against nations. Jesus foretold all these events.
What are we called to do during these trying times? Should we succumb to the agenda of the world? Should our steps be dictated by the world and how it operates?
The Word tells us to be watchful, sober, and not deceived.
Oxford defines it as watching or observing someone or something closely; alert and vigilant. As disciples of Christ we cannot ignore these events but we are to closely observe with a discerning spirit seeking the Lord in prayer and intercession.
In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter writes to the believers who had been dispersed throughout the ancient world and were under intense persecution. He tells them to be sober because they had an enemy who prowl around like a lion looking to devour. The enemy is still seeking to devour this very moment. Believers have an enemy and it is not flesh and blood but spiritual it is the devil and his demonic army. We need to be sober.
The Bible warns us about deception. As the Coming of our Lord draws closer, we are told not to be deceived. Not to fall for the lies but seek truth. His Word is true. The world will pass away but His word will remain the same. We are instructed to test the spirit to see if it comes from God.
Dear ones, fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Spend time with Jesus, let Holy Spirit teach you, council and guide you as we see the Day of the Lord drawing closer.