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Counsel from the Coach (18 of 18)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Peter 5:8-11
Two elderly men saw an elderly church-goer coming down the street. And one man pointed toward her and said, "I'll bet you can't mention anybody that old Mrs. Thompson can't find something good to say about."
The other fellow called the bet and said, "Good morning, Mrs. Thompson, what do you think about the devil?"
Mrs. Thompson cocked her perky little head over to one side and said, "Well, there's one good thing about him. He is always on the job."
Well, I can absolutely assure you that that is correct. And because he is always on the job, we're going to have to be vigilant in resisting him.
An elderly preacher is reported to have prayed the following prayer each day: "O, Lord, give me a backbone as big as a saw log and ribs like the large timbers under the church floor. Put iron shoes on my feet and galvanized britches on my body. Give me a rhinoceros hide for skin and hang up a wagonload of determination in the gabled end of my soul. Help me to sign the contract to fight the devil as long as I've got a tooth - and then gum him until I die."
Any time you get on the devil's case; any time you take a stand against the devil; any time you preach against the devil, if you really mean business for God you can generally count on about 49 kinds of trouble. So just buckle your seatbelt and prepare for a word of truth against the adversary who has set himself against every child of God.
Now, the first thing that I want us to notice is
I. THE AWARENESS REQUIRED
Look in verse 8 of our text. Peter says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
This verse suggests that there is an awareness that is required if we are to successfully resist our adversary.
The admonition that Peter gives is in four words. "Be sober, be vigilant." Now, sobriety in the scripture has little if anything to do with th ...
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