(I digress before I've even begun today. Sorry, reader!)
1Peter 7-8 "casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."
The first thing I noticed was that verse 7 begins in the middle of a sentence, so in order to get the sense of what these verses are about I backed up to the beginning of Chapter 5. Here I find Peter addressing the church's elders, and exhorting them to shepherd the flock, and saying that their reward for doing so with a willing heart will be the "unfading crown of glory" (v. 4).
Peter then addresses his readers/listeners who are younger. He says "Humble yourselves..." (v.5, 6). In order to be led, younger Christians must humble themselves under the leadership of elders who can teach and guide them on the road of sanctification.
In verse 7 he continues saying (again to the younger of the church) - and I will paraphrase - "...cast your cares and anxieties upon him, your Lord, because he will look after you. Be on guard for Satan, the deceiver, who is lurking in the background just waiting for a crack in your armor, so you may be pounces upon as a lion pounces upon prey, and be devoured." In other words, "Don't depend on your own strength and wisdom! You don't have enough of either to succeed!"
This week has been a challenge. With a successful week last week, Satan has pounced and attacked my confidence to remain focused on God and not be swayed from breaking my cravings for unneeded and unhealthy food choices.
How EMPOWERED I felt! How refreshed and clean!
This week I didn't make it through with flying colors. I allowed physical ailments to interfere.
I allowed distractions to interfere.
And then Satan to begin to whisper his lies in my ear.
"You don't need this."
"You can't fight your nature."
"No one cares - you look fine."
"Your health won't suffer."
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Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
The truth is that I DO need this study and I DO need to improve my health and I DO have people who care about my and my health and I CAN fight against my sinful nature.
I have DETERMINED that I will remain DETERMINED in my fight against Satan.
And I can do all of this through Christ who gives me the strength to overcome the lies of Satan, and the DETERMINATION to succeed in my fight to improve my overall health.