Our faith is most precious because without it we cannot please God. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we guard it with our entire being. There can be no breaks when it comes to guarding our faith. We must be alert and on our guard at all times.
The devil is constantly trying to get us to move out of faith because he knows that we cannot possess the land without faith. The children of Israel didn’t possess the promise land when they could have because they had no faith. Likewise, we cannot possess all that Christ died for us to have if we have no faith. I Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Make no mistake it’s the devil who is walking about seeking whom he may devour not people or things. He will use whoever and whatever lends itself to him to come after your faith. Guarding your faith may mean that you will have to separate yourself from people, places and things in order to stay stedfast and firm in your faith. David separated himself from his army and encourage himself in the Lord after the enemy had invaded Ziklag and captured their women and children. I Samuel 30:6, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” David had to remove himself from all the negative talk and space in order to hear from God. Peter said “be sober, be vigilant.” About what you ask? About knowing who we are, what we have, and what we can do in Christ. For a person who knows who they are; what they have and what they can do in Christ cannot be devoured.
Faith is both offensive and defensive. We use it to gain and to defend. I Peter 5:9, says “whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” Notice it says, “whom resist stedfast in the faith”. While we are using faith to lay hold on the things of God, we are also using faith to resist the things of the devil. Our faith rejects and resists the things of the devil and accepts and receives the things of God. This is why the devil comes after our faith so hard. He knows that if we stand firm in faith we will accomplish our goals, realize our dreams and fulfil our destinies. We need only remember that our Father God has never failed or gone back on His word. He has proven over and over again His faithfulness. As we read and reflect on God’s faithfulness it strengthens our faith and empowers us to stand firm on His word. You are not alone. All who will to possess the things of God are faced with the same distractions and many are standing firm and possessing all.