My devotional this morning was discussing the enemy and his penchant to seek those who are unaware. As the writer continued, the point was made that if the enemy is a lion and the lion is roaring, then the prey has the opportunity to get to safety. The roar has given away the lion’s location. Once we know where the lion is, we are able to get away unharmed.
Another image the writer used was the way birds will puff up their feathers to appear bigger than they really are when they are facing off against each other. I watch this happen with my chickens as they try to assert their pecking order. Roosters do it to show they are in charge when a new chicken is added to the flock. The whole idea is to appear bigger than they really are.
The enemy is real, do not forget that. Neither should we forget that he is the loser in the battle of Heaven. Scripture tells us clearly that he was cast out of Heaven (Revelation 12:7-11). He has no chance to take over. He lost for all of now and eternity ( see also Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10). Even as a tormentor, he only has the amount of leash God grants him.
Best Beloved, as 2019 has unfolded, I have watched a precious person battle against fear, anxiety, depression, and nearly lose the battle. I have seen this person grip determination and faith that tomorrow will be better than today. Part of the success has been to remove the lion’s teeth. There is nothing to fear when the lion can only gum its prey.
A puffed up chicken can look formidable, but seeing a chicken wet from the rain, shows how small it truly is. Best Beloved, there is nothing to fear. The battle has been won, the teeth have been removed, the roar is hollow. The feathers are wet, nothing to fear.
We are God’s children. We have been bought and paid for by the Blood of Christ. No amount of energy spent by the enemy will change this fact. We are called to live as conquerors (Romans 8:37) because of Christ’s sacrifice and live giving sacrifice. If this is who we are, then we are to live it as the truth that comes from Christ.
The living water flows through us (John 7:37-39) and that water is what has the power to soak the enemy. The power of God Himself is what has removed the teeth from the enemy. Gumming us may make things messy, but it will not break us.
Dear Ones, do not let the enemy’s roar trick you. Instead draw strength and comfort from the Lion of Judah’s roar (Hosea 11:10). He has the power. And we are made strong in Him and though Him (Psalm 28:7).