I Peter 4:7(NIV) The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

Kingdom Alert: If you are a member of the Body of Christ, get ready to face a mad devil. You may not want to think about it or even accept it but if you have determined to follow Jesus with all your heart, Satan has marked you for destruction. And he’s going to flood your life with troubles of all kinds. (I didn’t say be afraid, I said Kingdom Alert).The apostle Peter warns, “The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7). What Peter is saying in this passage, is in other words, “This is no time for lightness. You have to get sober minded about spiritual matters. It is an issue of life and death.”

Why the need to be so serious? In the time of war our enemy is near and has turned up the heat on us, our families, our ministries, our jobs, our health, our finances, etc.. He is stalking us like a lion, hiding in the grass, waiting for an opportunity to pounce. He wants to devour us, to utterly destroy our lives and faith in Christ. Some people of God say we should not even talk about the devil, that we are better off just not acknowledging him. Other people try to reason Satan out of existence. Liberal theologians, for example, argue that there is no devil, no hell, no heaven. What’s your thoughts on this matter of Satan?

Today I am writing and saying the enemy of our souls is not simply going to go away. Few biblical figures have been identified so clearly and extensively. He is described as Lucifer, Satan, devil, deceiver, hinderer, wicked one, usurper, imposter, accuser, devourer, god of this world, ruler of darkness, old serpent. (All can be found from the book Genesis to the last book of the Bible Revelation). These emphatic descriptions tell me the devil is real. And we know from Scripture that he wields a very real power. Even now he is at work on the earth, in our nations, cities, churches, homes and individual lives. And we dare not be ignorant of his methods and strategies of warfare against us (II Corinthians 2:11).

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9). Beloved family of God we must not lose sight of the seriousness of these times and our relationship with God!

Advancing His Kingdom,
Pastor Baker

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