Being PreparedBro. David Chancellor
5/18/2003 6:00 PM
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
We always have to be prepared. The devil will strike when were not prepared. He knows how to work on us. If we knew when he would come, we would be prepared. Watch, be prepared. Be on your guard. The devil doesnt want us to make it to heaven. We can live free from sin. We can run and win the race.
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
The devil has many things come against us. We can call on God for strength to deliver us from the devil. Diligently means always on our guard. Its not hit or miss. We have to know Gods voice. We need to know his voice so we can know how he wants us to walk. To know his voice, we must know him and have a relationship with him.
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
When we spend time with God well do well spiritually. If we slack off, well notice something is missing. God can help us to know when weve drifted away. The devil would try to make us think were ok, but God will be faithful to help us see when we get off. Desire to be on fire for God. Seek after God.
1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
Paul sent Timothy out because he couldnt go. He wanted to know whether or not they still stood. The devil would try to keep us out of church and get us to let down on things. Paul was really concerned about these. He desired that they would make it. We need to carry a burden for our fellowsaints. We should want all of us to make it. Thirst after the word of God. Strengthen the other saints. Reach out and help others. Have a love for the other saints. Encourage them to stay true and keep on for the Lord.
1 Peter 5:8-10
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Satan is ready for a kill. When you sin, youve let Satan kill you. He wants to destroy your soul and take away your hope and your salvation. If youre weak spiritually, hell be after you even more. He knows when we arent relying on God. We need to help the saints when we see them going through a trial. Go to the pastor for counsel when youre struggling. Dont let the devil discourage you and get you down. The devil tries to make it look like God is a liar. Christ came so we could have a new way of life. He gives us love and compassion for others. People who dont know God treat others horribly sometimes. God can change people and give them a real love for others.
1 Peter 4:1
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
If we arm ourselves with the mind of Christ, well defeat the devil. Christ resisted the devil and won. Christ suffered in the flesh although he was innocent. Christ communed with sinners so that he could help them. Simon thought Christ should have despised sinners. Jesus came to free sinners, not to despise them. Christ came to be a help to all people. He came to help and guide them, especially sinners, to a new life in him.
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
These wanted things. Satan uses these things against us. The evil things arent what God would have us to want or desire. Submit yourselves to God. If were submitted to God, hell supply our needs. If we seek God with all our being, the devil wont be able to win us over. Israel allowed the devil to turn them away time and time again. They followed after what he tempted them with and lost out with God. We need to seek after the path God has for us. Keep in the way he would have you to go. We need to submit all areas of our lives and our decisions to God. If we draw close to God, he will draw close to us. Wherever were at, if were close to God, he will be with us. We will see things like God sees them. In all aspects of our lives, we need to be careful not to harm the ones around us. We want to entice souls to find God. We want to live so as to draw people to God. Once we find God, we have to work on our relationship with God. It requires effort on our part to keep a close relationship with God.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Were in a battle against Satan. Spend time digging in the word of God. Use the word of God to defeat the devil. Search the scriptures so you can be prepared to withstand the devil. The devil knows how to get your thoughts all twisted up. We need to know Gods promises. Read the word every day. Get in the presence of God daily. Church services help, but theyre not enough. Be able to call the word to mind when the devil would tempt you.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
The devil would make you think that hes God if you dont know Gods voice. If youre not close to God, you can be easily fooled. If we know God, well know whether its God or not. When we know that its God, we can do what he wants. We need to have time in prayer. We need to care about others and pray for their needs, too. We can have the faith to stand. We need to exercise our faith. Spend time in the word and in prayer. If we keep our minds busy with the things of God, we wont have time for the devil. We need to do Gods will as well as know his will. Be careful what counsel you get. The devil has people that will try to trip us up. If the counsel we get is contrary to God, we have to question why they would harm our souls. Take time to spend time with God. There are things you can do, and also have time to think about God. Dont let the things of life take over. Take time for God and draw close to God. Stand on the promises and be ready for anything. Know God personally. Get close to him. Let God be your best friend. God has promised never to forsake us. We need to stay close to God so we can withstand the enemy. Stay close to God and stay in his presence. Trust in God. Stand on his promises. Desire to see people find God and know him. Its a blessing to see people find God. Encourage the new converts. Help them to stand so that the devil doesnt take them.