I Peter 5:8
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
I love the words sober and vigilant. Intoxicated would be the opposite of sober. We all know that when you are intoxicated you can’t see straight, think straight, or walk straight. The most dangerous thing about being intoxicated is that you think you can do all of these things like normal. That is why drunken people get behind the wheel of a car, they have no idea how out of balance they are. With intoxication, comes deception.
Many times we Christians get intoxicated with trials, storms, and wrong emotions. Infatuation is a big one for single people.
For those who date online or conventional this is a biggie. Many think they have heard from God concerning marrying someone when they haven’t. The truth is they are intoxicated by the idea of marrying that person.
I Peter 1:13
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; Romans 7:23
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
This passage translate “gird up the life giving power of your imagination.” We can see from this passage how powerful the mind is. God puts things in our spirit, our spirit communicates it to our mind and it is with the mind or imagination that we birth what we conceived supernaturally by the Spirit.
Psalms 37:4, John 15:7, Colossians 3:16,
Satan can only communicate to our mind, God communicates to our spirit. Satan does not have access to our spirit except for through our mind. We can believe something that the enemy has told us, using our imagination to see the thing, it then becomes a part of our spirit and we think God put it there.
In the case of singles looking for a mate this happens quite often. Two people meet, they connect and become intoxicated with infatuation. Because they are intoxicated they can’t see straight, they can’t hear well, and their daily walk becomes off balance. Their imagination goes to work giving life to something that may seem like a good thing, but is certainly, not a God thing. Later into the marriage or further into the relationship on the other side of intimacy, after the infatuation is gone many couples find that there is nothing there between them. Intoxication is a dangerous thing because of the deception that is attached.
Genesis 11 is a good example of the power of the imagination. The Babylonians used the power of their imagination to build a tower to the sky to reach heaven. God did not put that in their spirit. That was put into their mind by Satan through pride. God said, “Let us go down and see what they have built. “ There isn’t any record that they had actually built the tower, but God saw the blue print in their minds, and how powerful they are in using their imagination. He could not allow them to do such a thing, so He stopped their communication with each other. You can’t reach God through fleshly means.
God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
This passage says that he heard twice. There is nothing wrong with double checking. When you are facing a life changing decision I believe God appreciates us desiring to make sure we are in His will.
When I hear from God about something, I immediately pray in the spirit, until I get peace that I have heard from God. I need clarity before I will allow myself to think about it. Many times the enemy speaks to us sounding just like God. When we listen and don’t follow peace, we veer off of the road and end up in a ditch.
Colossians 3:15 tells us to let the peace of God be the umpire in our hearts calling the shots. When I pray in the spirit I shut my mind down to the thought or idea. I do not want my mind to produce anything that is not God. I first make sure it is of God before I allow my mind to produce it.
II Corinthians 10:5 tells us to cast down all thoughts (imaginations) that exalt themselves above God. Why? Because the power of the imagination is so great that it will produce whatever we are thinking about. What you look at the longest becomes the strongest.
The word vigilant means to be awake and alert. We must be ever ready to respond to the Word of God. Being awake to His voice and spiritual things. In this state of mind we can see right, hear right, and think right, resulting in living right being able to make those quality decisions that will bring increase to our life and the Kingdom of God.
Our spirit man should be the one governing our lives let’s endeavor to be sober and alert letting the peace of God rule and act as an umpire from within our spirit.
In the state of intoxication, which is being off balance, we are open prey to the enemy. He will devour.
Be vigilant and live sober.