Be alert and of sober mind. Our enemy the devil prowls around “like” a roaring lion looking for someone to devour 1 Peter 5:8 NIV
As I sit and think about that verse something comes to my mind right away….the enemy loves to imitate the good things about God and he does it in a way that sometimes it is tough for us to tell the difference. He daily sends a lot of thoughts our way…he ambushes our minds as often as he can with his lies and deceit. But I want to point out something VITAL here….the scripture actually says prowls around “like” a roaring lion. Immediately a picture comes to my mind of a little kitten standing behind a megaphone roaring. With the megaphone it sounds loud and maybe even a little scary depending on what kind of kitten it is…haha…but the reality that it’s just a little kitten doesn’t change. The devil is never truly a lion. He just tries to give us that impression. He cannot conquer one of God’s kids cause we are protected, we are covered and as Isaiah 58:8 says, “and the LORD’s glory will be your rear guard”. We have been provided with an armor we can dress in every day. I too am guilty and some days start my days before I pray the prayer over myself and my loved ones putting that armor on and declaring it upon them too. The helmet of salvation is to be placed upon our heads. I imagine that the reason they used the phrase “helmet of salvation” is because when Christ died on the cross He defeated in that moment every battle we would face, including the battle we would face in our minds many years later. When we receive Jesus into our lives we receive the gift of salvation. His blood that was shed for our healing, our freedom, our joy, our peace and our victory in that moment is applied to our lives. We often have to catch our minds up to this truth and the power that is available to us every day.
Thinking back to our Lion of the tribe of Judah vs the devil who prowls “like” a lion….A clip from a popular movie also comes to my mind. In the movie the LionKing, Simba and his pal Nala go off on an adventure into an area that his father told him not to go into but Simba went anyway. They get into a bad situation in the elephant graveyard and Simba is now trying to protect himself and Nala and is trying to scare off the hyennas ….Scars little bad guys co-horts and he is roaring as loud as he can but his little roar just isn’t grown up yet and doesnt scare them away. I think this is a great picture of us sometimes
– some of our roars just arent grown up yet
– maybe we are “grown up” in certain truths about the Lord and areas we have received healing but maybe there are other areas we havent grown up in yet.
– maybe we find ourselves tonight also standing behind a megaphone of our own when what we need to do is turn to the Lord and let HIM roar for us.
Going back to the movie. As Simba roars and they don’t run away, then he roars again and they run away. What was different this time? Then you see Mufasa big and strong enter and walk up behind Simba. The roar they really heard was Mufasa’s. Picture us now in Simba’s place and The Lord is Mufasa. He is always close to us and looking out for us. His roar, His power, His glory is strong, it’s sure. The enemy will and does flee at His command.
Has the enemy been trying to roar at you today? Have you stopped and turned to The Lord and give it all to Him and let Him protect you? Don’t allow the enemy to use this post to make you receive a lie from the enemy of guilt of shame either. We all face a battle in our minds. We all face the enemy who tries to pose as the scary lion. He can pose all he wants…it doesn’t change the fact that in Christ we always WIN! It may not always turn out the way we want it too but that doesn’t mean we lost. The Bible declares, that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him.
Today as I am finalizing this blogpost I found the attached video clip from the movie the Lion King that is from right after the scene where Mufasa roars and scares the hyena’s away and saves Simba. I want you to have an open mind here. The reason I am attaching the below video is sometimes it just helps to have a visual picture or idea for me when I am thinking of my relationship with the Lord. I humbly post this reminder of how The Lord is always looking out for us and He is our pal but He is also our King and He knows best. I hope this blogpost encouraged you to remember that you are NOT alone. The Lord is always with you and He walks with us through the good times and the bad times. When we are weak, He is strong. Trusting in His goodness and grace as I continue to turn to Him when my roar just isn’t much of a roar and thanking Him for helping me learn how to tear down the lies of the enemy when they come and for my “roar” to continue to grow up in Him.
God bless you and be encouraged He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us.
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