"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8
I woke up during the middle of the night not feeling well for a minute. Before my eyes could even get open my thoughts started going in a particular direction about what might be happening. What I was thinking was so foreign to me. Where did those thoughts come from? I went back to sleep but the rest of the night I was restless. I kept thinking, even in my dreams, about this. When I woke up this morning, I realized that it was the enemy trying to make me fearful and believe his lies.
This adversary the devil does not "play fair". He comes against you at some of the most unaware times. He will come against you when you are asleep through your dreams. Or wake you up out of sleep like he did me and start his lies. He waits to catch us, snare us and devour us when we are at our weakest. He will try when we are going through an emotional time. He tries when we are going through a time of pain or grief. He waits until our bodies are suffering with some sickness. He will come against us when we have just received bad news and then he will make sure that we receive more bad news on top of that. He wants to catch us off guard when we are preoccupied with other things-- cares and trials of this life. This way he can "sneak in the back door" undetected.
We must stay on guard. We must keep ourselves full of God's word. We must pray over ourselves, our dreams and our subconscious before we go to bed. When we receive bad news, we must immediately pray for grace over our minds. We must daily put on the full armor of God. The enemy attacks us during these times because he knows that other wise he is no match for us because of Christ in us. This is why we must decrease daily so that it is Christ who is living in us at all times-- while we are awake, while we are asleep, while good things are happening in our lives and when bad reports come. "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4.
Have a great day. Stay on guard because the enemy is trying to attack you from behind when you lest expect him.
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