Scripture: 1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Devotional: This passage makes it clear: you have an enemy and he is seeking to destroy you. In this week’s message we talked about the ways the enemy might work in today’s culture: getting you angry about someone’s sin, obsessing on social media, arguing over senseless stuff and sending conspiracy videos one to another; focusing on what you’re against or arguing about what you’re mad about. His goal is to keep you angry, critical, judgmental, hypocritical, self-centered, self-righteous, easily offended and ticked at the entire world.
When you look at that strategy, doesn’t it appear that the forces of darkness are successfully using anger to weaken the body of Christ by dividing, discrediting and distracting?
There is simply no win in being offended. Have you ever found your life to become more joyful when you’re ticked off about what somebody said to you? Has your marriage ever gotten better, when you’re angry at some injustice in this world? Have you ever gotten closer to God or had more intimate conversations when you’ve walked around with ongoing unforgiveness towards someone who hurt you in your life?
Being offended is inevitable, but will you make that choice to not live offended, understanding that you living offended is the devil’s work?
- In what ways has the devil been working to divide, discredit and distract in your life? How might you combat that?