Towards the end of last week, there was a dog that wandered into our yard. Living in what I say, the country, I am used to dogs and wildlife wandering into yard. Personally, I am not too fond of larger dogs and this dog was a good size. He was in the yard when I got home one night, and I prayed that night that the next morning he would be gone. I get up the next morning and sure enough, he was sitting comfortably under our shed. I was furious because I couldn’t take my dog out for his morning walk, and I didn’t want to walk out to my car to go to work. I tried to scream at the dog, I beat a stick on the railing outside…nothing. That dog was not scared of me. I went to work that day and I came home that night. To my joy, my step dad had ran the dog away.

For the next few days, I was watchful. Every morning, I was looking out the front and back doors and windows. The other day I was driving home; I caught myself looking in everyone’s yard that lives next to us. I was being so cautious, I wanted to make sure that the dog didn’t make himself comfortable in someone else’s yard. It was then that I got a revelation.

1 Peter 5:8 states, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” This is a reminder that we must always be alert and sober in spirit and mind. We must always be ready because the devil is walking around looking for someone he can get. He is looking for the one who is weak, who has let their guard down, that is why we must stay in the word. We must stay close to Jesus and continue to work on our relationship with Him. Mark 13:33 also states, “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” No one knows the day nor the hour that god will come back so we must always be ready. 

This month I challenge you all to be alert, to be watchful.  Keep your house in order, and I don’t mean your physical house. Get in the word and stay there. After all, “if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.”

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