So we have been called to be soldiers in a battlefield. Your assignment, should you decide to accept it, is to fight your desire for food by being alert. Keep in mind that the very time of day when we finally let down and relax and want to reward ourselves with food for making it through such a hard day is the very time that we are to be in the watchtower, alert to the enemy. The times that we celebrate with food because something wonderful has happened are the times we actually must be very watchful, sober, and on our guard. The times when we seem bored, with nothing to do, when eating crosses our minds as a way to fill the day, are the very times that we must be most active and busy carrying out God's will and not our own. The time when we finally think everyone has gone to bed and no one is looking is the very time the room might be full of demons ready to lie to and torment us; but it is also filled with a great crowd of heavenly beings cheering us on to victory. And we are not even aware of it! I have spent most of my life asleep to the spiritual realm. "Wake up, O sleeper!"
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
We are warned many times to be alert. I am convinced that every one of us is here to learn to raise our consciousness level to be alert to God every hour of the day. That is why your battles will be something different every day and at different hours. You are not going to have the same exams. Yet, Satan is good at making us believe that we are OK and that there are no battles. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, the "accuser of the brethren" makes us feel as though God does not love us. Not true! His tactics are to remain in the background and chip away at us, or have us lose the battles so subtly that we do not even know that we are in a battle— much less losing it—like a boat slowly drifting to the sea. His major goal is to distance you from God and from truth.