Our attention must be sure and straight. We can’t afford to be lax even for a moment (or an evening). We are being watched…
4 “It is not for kings, O Lemuel— not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, 5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Pr 31:4-5
To drink, to get high, to carouse, even to spend our time frivolously doing or watching stuff that we shouldn’t do or watch, sets us up for disaster–if not this time, then possibly the next. It’s like walking around the very edge of a pool with friends. Eventually–at least, in my group–someone starts shoving and someone falls in, maybe all fall in–maybe that was the ultimate goal of the one who pushed.
Satan LOOKS for opportunities like that! When we wander away from the protection of God’s umbrella, we are gonna get rained on (or pooped on if there are birds around). Those “fiery darts of Satan” are real!!! Consider:
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows [fiery darts] of the evil one [Satan] Ep 6:16
8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1Pe 5:8-9
We must remember that Peter’s allusion to lions was very real for many disciples in His day. Our “lions” are much more deceptive in our day. Still, we must not place ourselves in a position or condition that will keep us from being “self-controlled (especially our mouths and thoughts) and alert.”
Besides, we don’t know who is watching us to see if what we preach matches what we teach, if our walk matches our talk. Let’s be very careful in how we live so that all who see us are being directed to Christ. Let’s be Jesus to them!
I take very seriously this passage from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ep 5:15-20
What this passage says to me is that PRAISE is our best weapon against temptation. Let’s USE IT!