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1 Peter 5:8a….  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 

In our last devotion we saw the need to be “sober” as we enter into spiritual warfare against Satan and the powers of darkness.  Not only are we to be “sober” (fleshly desires under control) but also we are told that we are to be “vigilant”.

The idea of vigilant carries with it several ideas… to wake up;   to sit up;   to become active;   to collect or gather (oneself);   to be watchful

As we look at the above listing, we can get a good idea of the basic meaning of vigilant… it has the idea of being alert, aware, and actively engaged in the events taking place around us.

One of Satan’s great desires for God’s people is for them to be asleep, unaware, disengaged and unopposed to his activities in their life.  This is why the Lord encourages us to be awake and active in our opposition to his workings in Rom 13:11-14 (KJV)… And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.   But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].  (see also 1 Thess 5:6-8)

Satan in known for working in our lives in increments, slowly, leading us astray, so that we will not even recognizing what he is doing.  A great example of that is found in the Garden of Eden.  During the temptation we see Satan working slowly and methodically in Gen 3:1-5….

1. Doubt – Satan began questioning what God had said – “Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2. Opposition – Satan then denies God’s Word – “Ye shall not surely die

3. Blasphemy – Satan finally replaces God’s Words with his own – “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

This is why Satan is described as “more subtil than any other beast of the field” (Gen 3:1).  This teaches us he is “crafty”, he uses a sinful type of wisdom to slowly bring about our downfall.

If Satan would have come to Eve and said “God has lied to you accept my words as truth instead”.  Eve never would have listened and Satan would have been defeated.  But, by systematically, slowly placing doubt and denial of God’s Word in her mind, Satan was able to accomplish what he had set out to do.

This is how Satan works in our lives today in many different areas.  Slowly he works to chip away at our faith and gradually lead us from the truth.  Satan’s workings begin small but if we allow them to linger in our lives can spread and result in our ruin.  Much like leaven spreads in a lump of dough. (Gal 5:7-10, 1 Cor 5:6-8)

This is why we must be ever vigilant as we seek to remain strong and faithful to our Lord… 1Cor 16:13 (KJV) Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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  1. terry1954 says:

    yes, Satan is very crafty. too bad he doesn’t use all of his energies doing something good, but this is his job, and he comes in ways we don’t even recognize his games.

  2. On the surface, satan is a formidable foe. He is powerful. He is persuasive. He is a talented artist who camouflages the worst to look the best. But, praise God, he is a defeated foe. He is powerless against the omnipotent God. When we submit to our amazing God and resist the devil, satan has to flee. He is powerless.

    Our responsibility is to recognise the actions of the devil and to be ‘vigilant’ because he WILL continue to try. He is sly and deceitful and persuasive and unless we are constantly on guard and always ‘connected’ with our amazing God, he will sneak in at the slightest opportunity.

    We serve an amazing, omnipotent God who gives us the victory.

  3. Charisse says:

    Dear Pastor Barkman,

    Your posts always stir the Holy Spirit in pondering the Word of God. Speaking of spiritual warfare and looking at Peter in Matthew 16:21-23. Peter was genuinely loving Christ by saying, “God forbid it (referring to Jesus saying He would suffer and be killed), Lord! This shall never happen to you!” Peter was expressing a distress and a Love for His master, yet this was a horrible stumbling block for Christ that Peter had no ability to comprehend.

    That is sobering…. Even advice given with “good” intentions and earnest love, may be seriously flawed. This has given me great pause and thought about using my tongue wisely and prudently:)

    Thank you for abiding in Christ and His Word for your Holy Spirit driven posts! May God continue to bless your work for His glory! Grace and peace in Christ, charisse

    • Rob Barkman says:


      Thank you so much for your added input. Teh Matthew reference is one we all need to take seriously. How often do we all have good intentions but they bring about evil results. It is just as you say our tongue must be controlled at all times and we need to really prayerful seek His will before we “go off” and say what ends up being damamging. Lord bless you my friend.

  4. Debbie says:

    Thank you for this special study and look at what happens gradually! What a blessing you are as you help us stay aware and awake! God bless you!

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