A dear SP friend, Darlene (D-Abby) had a great blog post yesterday: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
In the post she referred to 1 Peter 5:8 [AMP].
“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.”
What a great Word! It impressed on my heart to dig deeper on the three specific instructions that verse tells us to do: Be well balanced! Be vigilant! Be cautious!
Vigilant and cautious have both the same meaning. God is stressing that twice. It's as if God is saying, "Look here! Pay double/closer attention!" If I do the opposite and become careless, impulsive, inattentive, then I will become unbalanced...undone. The enemy will then swoop in and knock me off my feet. Sure, God will help me back up again, but there will more than likely be consequences. (Weight-gain, acute and/or chronic illnesses, deteriorating health or worse! And those are just physical attributes. We know it goes beyond just the physical, and includes spiritual and mental, too, along with ALL areas of our lives.).
But not to fret...instead, stand guard! Be alert! A.K.A viligant and cautious! This will help me and you stay balanced, centered on God and His ways!
Oh thank you, Heavenly Father, for You, Your Word, and for revealing Your ways! Your Word is a salve to my entire being! Through the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to be obedient to You. Help me to be well balanced, vigilant and cautious at all times, in all things. Keep me on the narrow road to You. But when I do falter and find myself wandering in the wilderness, you make a roadway in the wilderness for me to find my steady path to you, giving me Your Word, the Living Water to quench my thirst, like a river that runs through the desert (Isaiah 43:19 NASB).
Oh yes, Father! Thank you for the gift of repentance, with which You freely give with Your grace and mercy. Oh how I need it!
In Jesus' precious name, Amen!
Stand watch with me, won't you? Together, with God, we can do this!
For "If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble."
Ecclesiastes 4:10 [NLT]
All is grace,