Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Lion Is Roaring...Louder

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." [1st Peter 5:8].
This is not the time to grow careless nor let down our guard. Satan is looking for even the smallest niche in our armor; a place where he can find entry to our mind; the window of our soul. The devil has six thousand years experience reading the lives of men and women. He knows who to attack and who to leave alone; he doesn't bother with those already in his barn.
Peter also says this: "Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'" [1st Peter 1:13-16].
The lessons Peter learned while with Christ were hard fought but the results were long lasting...even until his crucifixion; hanging head down because he did not feel worthy as did his Master. Ellen White says this about Christs disciples: "Under the training of Christ the disciples had been led to feel their need of the Spirit. Under the Spirit's teaching they received the final qualification, and went forth to their lifework. No longer were they ignorant and uncultured. No longer were they a collection of independent units or discordant, conflicting elements. No longer were their hopes set on worldly greatness. They were of "one accord," "of one heart and of one soul." Acts 2:46; 4:32. Christ filled their thoughts; the advancement of His kingdom was their aim. In mind and character they had become like their Master, and men "took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13. {AA 45.2}

Pentecost brought them the heavenly illumination. The truths they could not understand while Christ was with them were now unfolded. With a faith and assurance that
Pray that we will be of one mind, one accord, and one purpose under the unction of the Holy Spirit. World events shout the news that Christ is coming soon!
Blessings on your day. e.c.

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