1 Peter 5: 6-11
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen
As I read these verses this morning I was struck by the words, "Be self-controlled and alert." Since I am not one to talk a lot I always felt that I was self-controlled, however the words do not specify to only be self-controlled just in what I say, they command me to be self-controlled in everything.
Sometimes when a comment is made to me, my emotions run rampant and I feel as though I am needing to protect or defend myself. Anger quickly follows my mixed emotions. If I am to be self-controlled then this means that when I begin to react negatively that I need to immediately surrender these emotions to God and continue to pray and talk to him each and every time I lose my self-control.
I need to use self-control in my words, my actions, my behaviour, my personality, my life....etc. The more I use self-control the more I will be alert.
Why do I need to be alert? The next verse tells me that when I am alert then I will be more prepared and equipped to recognize that Satan is on the prowl. If I allow my anger, my fears, or my worries to control my life, then I am giving in to the enemy.
Repeating verses from the Bible, or reading them out loud is one of the best ways to resist onslaughts from the enemy. Trusting God in the promises that He has made as I repeat the verses means that I am not falling into Satan's trap. Surrounding my daughters with prayer, my husband, myself, my friends and my extended family members also aids in resisting the enemy.
I pray that God continues to help me to do each of these.
Stay alert! Use self-control. Be humble.