Be Obedient to Divine Instructions
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour - 1 Peter 5:8
If the Bible says we should be vigilant (watchful, alert), it means danger is lurking around the corner to take those who are careless. If Apostle Peter could admonish us to be vigilant, it is because he knows that being a believer does not give you the ticket to living carelessly. There must be a corresponding action from you to keep the devil out of your life.
When the Lord was about to deliver the Israelites from the bondage of Pharaoh, He instructed them to strike their doorposts and lintels with the blood of a lamb and warned them not to go out of the house until the following morning.
God gave specific instructions to the Israelites before their deliverance. Ask yourself these intelligent questions: If there is blood on the lintel of a house but a member of the house leaves his house that same night, won't the person be destroyed like the Egyptian? Does that mean the blood on his lintel has lost its efficacy? The blood is as powerful as God intends it to be but the demonstration of that power depends on obedience to divine instructions. This simply means no one should leave the territory where God placed him/her.
Leaving the place where God has placed you opens you to the devil's attack. We are protected if we believe and obey God's word. Any kind of disobedience to God's word gives place to the devil; sin opens the door to the devil in our lives. The word of God also gave us better understanding on what sin is. Therefore, if you are tasked with the assignment of drawing a list of sinners, would you have made 'the fearful' or the unbelieving the first on the list of sin? Or how many will think unbelief is enough to take one to hell? As bad as murder and idolatry are, God begins His list of sin with the fearful and unbelieving because God does not see things the way we see them. While men judge based on the outward, God sees beyond the physical.
Prayer: I plead the blood of Jesus over my life and my family. I draw the boundary line around me by the precious blood of Christ. I confess my victory over the adversaries, and I invoke that blood against every opposing forces of darkness in Jesus Name.
Further Reading: Exodus 12:21-23, Revelations 21:8
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Micah 5:1-7:20; Revelation 7:1-17; Psalm 135:1-21; Proverbs 30:5-6