Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Facing our Lions

This past weekend, I spoke at a women’s conference about “Facing Your Lions”.Lions, as you know, is likened in the Bible to that of the enemy, because the enemy seeks its prey like a lion. Lions are quick to pounce on their prey, and they have one motive for doing so … to kill and eat!
The enemy, my friends, wants only to devour us.
The book of Daniel unfolds a very interesting story about the lions in our life. It is here that we see that the faithfulness to God not only brought deliverance to Daniel but while Daniel found himself in the lions den, God SHUT the lions mouths.
This is the very thing that we need to learn to do when the lions in our life come creeping around, circling us to destroy us. Often times, when difficulties come upon us, we pray to God to take it away or we wish that God would just terminate the enemy for good. But here in the book of Daniel, chapter 6 to be exact, God showed me that it isn’t our job to KILL the enemy but that we can close his mouth…
(Daniel 6:22a) “My God sent His angel and shut the lion’s mouths and they have not harmed me.”
If you read the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation, you will see that in the end God takes care of things. God IS the victor and the enemy IS defeated. But in the meantime, we must understand that the enemy is going to lurk around and pounce on us every chance he gets. There is no getting away from the trials and tribulations in our life. Our mindset must not be on how to get rid of these lions in our life, but how to not let them cause us harm.
We can learn from Daniel how to go to battle with our lions. He survived the night in the lions den because he had his lion taming equipment: God’s Word and His Faith. Anyone knows that a lion tamer goes into a lion cage not unarmed. He goes with a chair to guard himself and a whip to keep the lion distanced. What guards us against the lions in our life is our shield of faith. What about the whip? That would be the sword of God’s Word.
Without the proper lion taming equipment, the lions (the enemy) will tear us limb by limb. The question that I would ask you today is this: “Are you prepared to spend the night with your lion?”
1 Peter 5:8 says this: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
There is nothing more that pleases the enemy (your lions) than to see us discouraged and give up. “Lions” in our life want us to have no joy, have no excitement and have no blessing from God. However, God doesn’t want us to GIVE UP, He wants to SHOW UP!
Will you let Him?

@COPYRIGHT laurie adams

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