(I am going to preach on “Attentiveness” this Wednesday night at our regular service at JBC that starts at 6:30 pm. )
1 Peter 5:8
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
“Be on the alert,” is a command that very few believers obey, or even work on. Our ability to live our life based on invisible truths is low. The devil and his demons are a very real force in our life, but because we can’t see them we rarely think about them. I hear people make comments about the devil working in their life, and they are almost always referring to difficult circumstances. It isn’t difficult circumstances and trials that are the problem in successfully living life but how we think about them.
1 Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
“Paying attention to deceitful spirits.” If I pay attention to an advertisement on television that is attempting to talk me into buying a new car, I very likely will buy it. “Paying attention to” is “listening attentively to,” and allowing the information I hear to influence my choices.
2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
The devil’s goal is to control our thinking. How we think determines how we live. The devil tempted Jesus by talking to Him, and he does the same with us. He talks to us and we hear him in our thoughts. Those thoughts, if we pay attention to them will negatively influence our life.
Attentiveness is being quick to identify thoughts that pop into our mind that are most likely from the devil via one of his demons, and then countering that thought with a truth from the Bible. Those who infrequently read the Bible or memorize it won’t stand a chance in resisting the devil.