ALERT

Key Verse

  • Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 AMP
Other versions

  • Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV

Why Be Alert

1. For Christ's coming

  • “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. Matthew 24:42 NASB 
  • “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Matthew 25:13 NKJV
  • “Be on guard and stay constantly alert [and pray]; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. Mark 13:33 AMP
  • (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is he who stays awake and who keeps his clothes [that is, stays spiritually ready for the Lord’s return], so that he will not be naked—spiritually unprepared—and men will not see his shame.”Revelation 16:5 AMP

Other versions

  • But of that day or that hour not a [single] person knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on your guard [constantly alert], and watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man [already] going on a journey; when he leaves home, he puts his servants in charge, each with his particular task, and he gives orders to the doorkeeper to be constantly alert and on the watch. Therefore watch (give strict attention, be cautious and alert), for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming—in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning— [Watch, I say] lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to everybody: Watch (give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert)! Mark 13:32-37 AMPC
  • Behold, I am going to come like a thief! Blessed (happy, to be envied) is he who stays awake (alert) and who guards his clothes, so that he may not be naked and [have the shame of being] seen exposed! Revelation 16:5 AMPC

2. To Avoid Falling

  • Watch and pray, lest you enter1 into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 NKJV

Other versions

  • Keep watching and praying, so that you do not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 NASB
  • Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the flesh weak.” Matthew 26:41 BLB

3. To avoid being deceived by false teachers

  • Even from among your own selves men will come to the front who, by saying perverse (distorted and corrupt) things, will endeavor to draw away the disciples after them [to their own party]. Therefore be always alert and on your guard, being mindful that for three years I never stopped night or day seriously to admonish and advise and exhort you one by one with tears. Acts 20:30-31 AMPC

Footnotes

  1. 1525 εἰσέρχομαι [EI)SE/RXOMAI] {eisérchomai} \ice-er'-khom-ahee\ from 1519 and 2064; to enter (literally or figuratively):--X arise, come (in, into), enter in(-to), go in (through).