Summary: We must be careful of the roaring lion when walking thru this world.
LET’S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE
INTRO: HILL STREET BLUES
A. Roll Call
1. There was a popular TV show in the eighties called Hill St. Blues.
a. It was a police drama based on a precinct in NYC.
b. Always started in the ready room with roll call.
c. At the end of roll call, when everyone was ready to go on patrol, the old Sgt would always end roll call with the same send off.
d. He’d say “Let’s be careful out there!”
2. The advice was sound…the admonition warranted.
a. The old Sgt. Knew the danger the officer’s faced.
b. He knew that around every corner, down every alley, even in broad daylight…
c. The potential for danger existed.
d. He also knew that the greatest danger to his men was…complacency.
1. The Apostle Peter knew this well before the old Sgt. did.
a. He knew the dangers that we face in the world today.
b. We may not have to worry about bullets flying around every corner…
c. Bad guys lying in wait…
d. But we do have to worry about what the bible calls fiery darts!
e. And we do have to be aware of the bad guy who throws them our way!!!
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
2. Church it is time for us to realize we have an enemy who is plotting against us.
a. Peter says he is like a roaring lion…
c. His whole agenda is to devour and destroy souls.
d. He is relentless in this pursuit…he is tireless in his efforts.
e. If he can’t have your soul he wants your testimony!
f. If he gets your testimony…he may get someone else’s soul as a result!
3. Peter says he walketh about…
a. You ever notice how it seems like you don’t ever have to seek trouble out?
b. It just always seems to find you.
c. Ever wonder how come some days, just when you’ve really decided to live for Christ that day…
d. It seems like immediately the trouble starts.
e. And before you know it…
f. We’re right back in that same old place we find ourselves so often.
g. Lord…It’s me again!
h. Defeated…humiliated…broken…and ruined!
i. Are you tired of that cycle? And yes, it is a cycle…a deadly cycle that robs us of our testimony…our joy…and our fellowship!
4. So how do we break that cycle?
a. Peter says we are to be sober…be vigilant…
b. These are military terms connected with guard duty.
c. In other words we are to be alert…aware…constantly on guard.
d. We are to WATCH.
e. If we are to be successful in our fight against the adversary, there are six things we need to watch.
A. We are to watch what we think.
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
1. Out of all the things we must watch, our thoughts are perhaps the most important…yet the hardest of things to watch.