Stay Alert! Be Aware!


By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro

"Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

1 Peter 5:8

It was a beautiful day in the Gulf of Mexico. I was on the beach. I saw perfect waves. I love to surf. Although, after my children, I decided to live a less adventurous life. Well, maybe that's not completely true. Let’s just say, I have limited my adventurous life so that my children wouldn’t do dangerous sports. Now they will read this and I’ll never hear the end of it.

I went and rented a surfboard while my friends stayed on the beach. There I was, on top of that surfboard, I was loving showing off. I know, that's really bad. But I was proud of my surfing ability. It takes a lot of coordination and strength to surf. I was feeling good about myself. I was just loving it as the ocean waves brought me in. I did see the waves were getting higher, coming in faster, and getting stronger. But, I was caught in that moment and having a great time. I just continued surfing.

Then, all of a sudden, a really big wave came over my head. It flipped my surfboard, dragging me underwater, and the current pulled me farther into the sea. The surfboard went one way, I went the other. I couldn’t get out of this riptide that I was in. I knew I was in trouble, I panicked. The lifeguard saw and came to my rescue. He pulled me out and took me back to shore.

The Holy Spirit brought this verse to my mind tonight, reminding me of that terrible incident. So much information just started to download in my mind. I'm going to share it with you.

The verse above contains three critical things. First, it warns. Second, it reveals the enemy. Third, it reveals the outcome. This is what I call a power punch verse. It starts with what you need to do to avoid an enemy who wants to destroy you.