Monday, February 21, 2011

"The Lions Roar"

According to the Bible, a lion roars when it has prey. The question is asked in Amos 3:4, "Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey?" The context of this verse is that, no, he will not.
The lions roar brings fear to the lions prey, thus Amos 3:8 says, "The lion has roared, who will not fear?" The roaring of the lion when he has prey causes fear in the victim and this fear makes escaping harder for the victim and thus aids the lion in capturing his food. "Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yes, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it" Isa 5:29

While running blindly in Fear is the main intention of the enemies roar, doubt, anxiety, unbelief, criticism, disobedience, listlessness, anger, jealousy, strife, hatred, and evil reports are just a few of the results that come from listening and reacting to the lion's roar; the lion known in the Bible as the Adversary.
The adversaries goal ultimately is our death. All of the above mentioned things will lead to death if they aren't stopped.

1 Peter 5:8,9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your Brotherhood in the world.”

Have you ever watched a predator hunt? They take great pains to locate the easiest meal they can find.
They'll wait for hours, just on the fringe of the herd, waiting for one of the animals to make a mistake. Some calf wandering away from it's mother, or perhaps an animal who has lingered a little too long over some patch of especially sweet grass.

There are many myths about which animal a predator will choose to kill.

One of those myths is this: predators only kill sick, old, or lame animals. Predatory animals don't do that as a rule. They wait for a prey animal to make a fatal mistake or they use chase tactics. They do this irregardless of whether the animal is old or young, sick or lame or healthy. Predators are looking for availability, they are opportunists.
Once, while camped at the Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, I watched a pack of wolves hunting Elk . . .

. . .It was early summer and the Elk herd was comprised of Cows and new born calves, There were about 16 Elk in all. For the next two and half weeks I watched and listened as the wolf pack announced their presence and initiated their daily hunt with that lonesome and spooky howl that only the wolf can vocalize.
Two at a time, they chased those Elk until they were exhausted and were easily killed by the rest of the pack. Two wolves would chase them until they tired, then two others would take their place. The wolves were relentless. Eventually they killed all 16 of those Elk. They ate two of them. The two they ate were well devoured before the relief of death came. So much for the old, sick, and lame theory!

Don't be misled, predators are hungry and will kill and eat whatever they can sink their teeth into. I don't care what Walt Disney says. I know, I have spent my life in the wilderness watching them in action.

I've never been privileged to watch lions hunt, but from those that have, I've been told it plays out like this. Lions generally live in groups called a “Pride.” The Pride is composed of several females, their offspring, and a Mature Male. The Pride leaves the kittens in a safe place and goes looking for possible prey. When they locate a herd of animals the females divide into groups of waiters, (ambushers) and groups of chasers. The Male lion will walk downwind of the prey giving them His scent. He will walk out into the open if necessary, so they can see him and he will begin to roar. In blind fear, the animals begin to run. The chaser group of females will begin to force or herd them in the direction of the lionesses in hiding. When the prey animal reaches the hidden lionesses, the closest lioness easily captures the first one to come near her. The area the lioness picks to hide in is chosen for it's appeal to the frightened animals looking for a way of escape. After capture, the lioness covers the mouth and nostrils of the frightened animal and suffocates it to death. Death is slow and agonizing for the captured prey.
The lion knows the animals will run wildly at his roaring. If however the animals had remained calm and bided their time, waiting for a clear avenue of escape, and if they were aware of the lionesses lying in wait, the attack would probably fail.

This is the number one tactic of the Adversary. He uses fear, (his roar), to cause us, (his prey), to scatter and run into the location of some devastating place of defeat. Do I need to tell you where those places are? I think we all know where they're located. They are where God is not. I have always known when I was entering a place like that and I am willing to wager you do too.

Luckily for you and I, there is another kind of Lion. He is called the Lion of Judah! *He is the Living Word, the Word that was from the beginning, the Word that was with God, the Word that was God, the Word that created everything, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among men, The Word that is God, the Word who is Jesus, The Lion of Judah!

When The Lion of Judah roars, all lions must take notice! When the Lion of Judah roars, all other lions must obey. The Roar of the Lion of Judah is the power of His name. Just as the lion of the jungle roars and proclaims, “I am the king of the jungle,” So The Lion of Judah proclaims, “I am Jesus, Yeshua, King of Kings and Lord of Lords! I am the Creator of heaven and earth, the Creator of every thing, I am the Alpha and the Omega, I determine the times and the seasons.”

In Job, the oldest book of the Bible, Job was a righteous man who came under the test of Lucifer, Satan roared loudly in Jobs life. He took everything Job had, except his life. God allowed this test. He allowed Satan, the Adversary, the roaring lion to take everything Job had labored for, including all his children. Job questioned God but did not disobey Him. In the end when God had revealed Himself to Job, Job had this to say:
2 “I know that You can do everything,
And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

4 Listen, please, and let me speak;
You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’

5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You.

6 Therefore I abhor myself,
And repent in dust and ashes.”

Then God restored all that Job had lost. God gave him seven times more than he had before the test!

It is when we “see” the Lion of Judah, Jesus, the Lord of Glory that the roaring of the lion, (the Adversary), becomes as nothing. We will no longer run in fear.
When the lion comes to devour you, just invoke the name of Jesus. All power in heaven and earth is in that name!

As His brothers and sisters and as the children of the Father we have been given a legal right to use that Name and all it's power. Even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven can put the old lion, the Adversary, to flight by the simple mention of His name! His name is Jesus, Yeshua, the Christ!

In this day and age we have a religion that promises a “rose garden.” “If we will only come to Jesus we will have no more difficulty,” they say.
There is very little mentioned about our Adversary anymore and he loves it. It causes us to not be alert to his presence and dull to his devices. We fail to put on the armor of God mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-18.

Very few of us know how to use the “Sword of the Spirit” that is the word of God. How could we, few of us even know what it says?
Jesus gave us an example of how to use the Sword of the Spirit, the Word, when He was tempted of the devil in the wilderness. When the lie of the devil came, Jesus quoted the Word. The Living Word used the Word to defeat Satan. (Oh yeah, if the devil attacked Jesus, what makes us think we are exempt)?
What will we do when the lion roars his lie and trys to kill steal, and destroy our lives? Will we know the Word? Will we be able to wield it successfully?
We allow others to do our Bible reading and we accept their commentaries on the word without exception. People, we need to be reading and praying over the word for ourselves. Not out of fear of the enemy but out of a desire to destroy the works of the devil We need to stop just being another Sunday consumer. Become a wielder and a planter of God's word. “Sow for yourselves righteousness reap in mercy.” Hosea 11:12 (Hosea, that's a book in the Bible)

Reading, meditating on, and praying on the word of God should be the message of our Shepperd's and the goal of every person who names the name of Christ. It is the power of God.
If you are just attending church and occasionally commenting on how wonderful the pastors sermon is, you might just be the one the lion is waiting to roar at. Careful, you don't run. There are lionesses hiding in the thickets.

Look who's coming to dinner !!

* John 1

1 comment:

  1. Excellent read. I was clapping when this was done.
    Thank you so much. even though i am a minister. i still like to read i find it stimulating to find articles or blogs like yours that not only speak the truth but its not watered down. this is FIREEEE!!!
    Jeremiah 5: 14
    Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts:
    “Because you speak this word,
    Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire,
    And this people wood,
    And it shall devour them.
    May God Continue to Bless you and your family.