Somehow in our modern church era, believers have failed to communicate their existence; but make no mistake, demons are real. In Matthew 12:22, we see that these demons are able to cause physical and spiritual harm. In 2 Corinthians 4:4, we see that they can blind the minds of unbelievers. In 1 Timothy 4:1, we see they can promote false doctrine. In Revelations 16:14, we see that the rulers can perform signs to deceive humans and in 2 Corinthians 12:7, we see that they also have power to torment believers.
God has given us overwhelming evidence as to why these spiritual forces should not be ignored or dismissed. The devil should be treated as a real enemy. In 1 Peter 5:8 we are told to, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” This Scripture has always intrigued me because of the word choice. It did not say the devil wants to attack or simply harm us. The Scripture said devour, which is to do away with completely. This word devour in the Greek means to drink down slowly.
What a sobering truth! The greatest antagonist known to man desires to drink us slowly. If we go up against these forces, believing they are non-existent, choosing rather to fight against people, we are destined to lose. We cannot fight the supernatural by waging war against “flesh and blood.” On the contrary, Paul offers specific instruction on how to engage in spiritual warfare.
In 1 Peter 5: 8 we are told to “Be alert and of sober mind…” This begs the question, “What does it mean to be alert and sober minded?”
When you look at the Greek translation, to be alert and of sober mind is described as being free from illusion and the intoxicating influences of sin. If we are going to be alert, we must live, to the best of our abilities, holy and sinless lives. Although it is difficult not to sin, because we are all sinners, we do not have to embrace a lifestyle of habitual and volitional sinful living that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Sin clouds our judgement, causing us to see not as those who are sober, but those who are drunk.
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