My Purrrrrsonal Trainer is pleased to see me back doing morning workouts. She is often oddly fixated on just sitting and watching me lift but it’s been awhile. Whenever I got close enough I got a few encouraging pats on the back. I suppose you could argue she was actually just looking for some neck scratches (which I gave) but hey it’s all in your perspective.😸
Your tastes are allowed to evolve over time. Don’t feel bad for enjoying something cliche or problematic at one point. Don’t decide for others what’s cliche or problematic because you’re ashamed. You only have control over what media you consume at this moment. Accept that you enjoyed certain media, appreciate the joy it brought you, and move on to new things.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)
“Most importantly, be disciplined and stay on guard. Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone.” (VOICE)
“Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.” 1 Peter 5:7-9 (MSG)
“What does 1 Peter 5:8 mean?”
“Peter continues a list of instructions to Christians as he prepares to end his letter. How should believers live, believing in a real devil: a spiritual enemy with an agenda to bring harm to Christians? Peter’s answer to that question begins this verse: Be sober-minded. Be alert. It’s the third time in this letter Peter has urged his readers to be clear minded (1 Peter 1:13; 1 Peter 4:7). It matters that we are paying attention, with serious minds, to what’s going on in our lives and in the world around us. Peter writes that there is danger beyond the physical persecution some of his readers were facing. There is a deep agenda, far beyond that of the powerful men who might inflict that persecution. The devil, not the men or women who might harm us, is the real enemy of a Christian believer.
Our enemy the devil desires to devour us, to cause real and lasting harm. The Greek word here is katapiein, literally meaning to “swallow,” or to “drown.” Peter has made it clear that our place in eternity with our Father is secure. The devil cannot take that from us, but he does seek to damage our faith. He wants fear to shake our submission to the Father, and lies to distort our understanding of God’s goodness. Since he cannot touch the believer’s soul, Satan seeks to leave us as weak and ineffective servants of our King. In the next verse, Peter will describe how to fight that enemy. Notice, also, what he doesn’t tell Christians to do. He doesn’t say to live in fear. Nor does he say to live as if the reality of the devil is unimportant. We are not instructed to ignore the devil, nor to cower in the shadows.” —Bibleref.com
1 Peter 5:8 is such an important verse! Friend, I pray the Lord keep you safe at all times, in Jesus’ name, Amen. 🙏
And when the enemy tries to harass you, remember that you have a mighty and powerful defender: God. And Godgetsthelastword. And in the end, Godwins. 🙌
“How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory! How plainly it shows what He has done!” Psalm 19:1 (GNT)
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” (ESV)
“God’s splendor is a tale that is told, written in the stars. Space itself speaks His story through the marvels of the heavens. His truth is on tour in the starry vault of the sky, showing His skill in creation’s craftsmanship.” (TPT)
Friend, if you ever doubt the existence of a loving God, look around you and up at the sky at night in a forest, at a beach, or by the mountains. Go when the sky is full of stars. Take your time, circle around slowly and look long at all you see. How could all of that intricate, wondrous beauty have come into being purely by accident? As I have heard quoted, I find it easier to believe a loving hand created it all than to believe random chance brought this Universe into being.
Friend, if you believe that a God, full of love, created all that you see, then never doubt that same loving hand is at work in your life. Even in the midst of this sin-filled world that so needs saving, God is at work, bringing good things to you. Exercise your faith and receive Gods blessings. And if you ever doubt your worth, look at the stars and all the beautiful things there are in Creation.
And remember, to God YOU are one of those very beautiful things that He created. You are loved. I pray that you feel Gods love like the warmest, softest, most comforting, wrap-around blanket. In Jesus’ name, Amen! 🙏
Deep down in my heart I understand the world will not change over night. But I will make the most of the moments I am here to move humanity in a better direction. Believe it or not, I welcome a little darkness. Hell, bring your best and darkest cloud. And I’ll show you a light that will outshine you every time. ❤️
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