Stay Woke

(1 Peter 5:8- Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart.)

A lot of people have this false portrayal of the devil. They think he’s just this red thing with horns on his head and a pitchfork. (John 10:10- The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.) The reason the devil is considered a thief is because he wants to steal your soul. The devil already knows his fate, don’t let him choose yours too.

Sometime in June I went out with my friend and we went to three cookouts. The first two we went to were chill, people were drinking and smoking but it had been four months of me being sober so I didn’t even think to. The last cookout we went to was the same thing, people drinking and smoking but the only thing was that this time I actually wanted to. It was really weird because I’d been around people drinking before prior to that day and I never had the urge to. It was like the devil was right on my shoulder saying “do it, do it” Thankfully I just kept telling myself that it would be dumb for me to make it that far and then go backwards and do stuff that God had delivered me from. A couple of days after that my mom had a dream that a lion was following me around and I was hiding and she told me to make sure I’m paying attention and not doing stuff I shouldn’t be doing. After that I put 1 Peter 5:8 as my home screen on my phone and it’s still the same right now. It’s just a reminder for me to remember that the devil will always want to get me off the path I’m on right now, but to make sure I pay attention and watch out for his attacks. Being sober is important during your walk because when you’re not in your right mind (drunk or high) it’s easy for you to not have your mind focused on God. Before I got saved I would smoke everyday about three times a day and my mind wasn’t on God at all. There would be times I’d think to myself like “so is this all my life is gonna be, getting high everyday, spending all my money on weed?” but it’s like right when I would think some sense into myself the thought would just go away and I’d just be worried about what I was doing then. I wasn’t worried about my future at all, I knew I wasn’t living right, but I was in bondage and every time I’d think of what I should be doing I’d be right back enjoying what I was doing at the time. That’s exactly how the devil works though, whatever keeps you distracted from God, he will make sure that you stay distracted. 

One thing the devil loves to do is attack your thoughts. The devil torments your mind to get you to do what he wants. Not all thoughts are your own, the devil throws evil, sinful thoughts in your head and you must learn how to cast them down. (2 Corinthians 10:5-These weapons can break down every proud argument against God and every wall that can be built to keep men from finding him. With these weapons I can capture rebels and bring them back to God and change them into men whose hearts’ desire is obedience to Christ.) One thing that people don’t like to talk about is lust. Lust be creeping up on you out of nowhere but what I do when I get a thought like that is I pray for pure and holy thoughts.

This is just a reminder to Stay Woke and don’t put yourself in tempting environments. We can think that we’re immune to temptation all we want but everybody gets tempted. The devil is the enemy so always be alert and pay attention. Remember that if it goes against the word of God, cast that thought down immediately.