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Have you ever fallen into an enemy trap because you let your guard down? This happens when we aren’t vigilant? If you have you are not alone. The Lord teaches us to be spiritually watchful. You may ask yourself, “Why did I look at that, or why did I get angry about something I should not have?”  Realize the enemy never takes a break in his efforts to deceive and destroy.

Thus, we need to be watchful. Watchful is defined as vigilant or alert; closely observant.[1] When we are vigilant and alert, we looking to turn back the enemy at the first sign of trouble. Ephesians 6:12For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.[2]

The Israelites Failed to be Watchful

After the wall was rebuilt in Jerusalem, Nehemiah returned to Babylon as he promised the King. Nehemiah was a strong leader and while he was with the people in Jerusalem, he quickly discerned the plans of the enemy. So,the people did not fall into his traps. Nehemiah not only spotted enemy traps but listened to God. He heard how to help the people move forward. Now that Nehemiah was gone, the people were vulnerable to spiritual attacks.

As they rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem one of the key enemies to its construction was Tobiah. After Nehemiah left Tobiah would take advantage of his relative Eliashib the priest to move into a room in the Temple. Nehemiah 13:5The room had previously been used for storing the grain offerings, the frankincense, various articles for the Temple, and the tithes of grain, new wine, and olive oil (which were prescribed for the Levites, the singers, and the gatekeepers), as well as the offerings for the priests. [3] Because the priests had not been spiritually vigilant, an enemy of the people of Jerusalem now resided inside their temple. Tobiah was like a fox in the chicken coop.

The Key to becoming Spiritually Vigilant

For a believer in Jesus, spiritual vigilance means we are not only concerned about danger in the natural world, but also the spiritual realm. Our enemy, the devil, does not want us to fulfill God’s plans for our life. He continually tries to distract us from our true mission God has for us.

1 Peter 5:8Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”[4] As believers, we are to be on guard, so we are not devoured by and enemy trap. The Lord wants us to be vigilant by creating a habit of watchfulness. Where in your life is the Lord calling you to be watchful? If you did how would that make a difference?

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[2-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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