1 Peter 5:8–9 (ESV)
8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
While studying this passage I was drawn into the word, sober-minded. Whenever I am attacked by a temptation that goes against God and seeks to draw me into its sinfulness I need a sober mind. A sober mind is a mind that is under its own control and not controlled by anyone or anything outside of it. The opposite of being sober-minded would be to be drunk, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, out of control.
Satan’s desire for my life is that his temptations would catch me at and take control of my mind causing me to jump into sin without any self-control. As a Christian, my self-control is guided by the God’s indwelling Holy Spirit who shows me the right path. But sin wants me to act without control. For in a controlled moment I would not choose sin therefore I must remain in control of my mind, my heart and my body so that when tempted to sin I am able to clearly see the sin for what it is and respond with control instead of succumbing to it and going out of control.
1 Peter 1:13–16 (ESV)
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
I am looking forward to seeing you this Sunday. It has been a busy week but a good week and one in which we have seen the Lord at work in our hearts and lives.
Have a great day in the Lord,