It is funny how a movie can speak a message to you. I don’t think they always mean to convey a message. But to me, it was quite clear. I was watching this movie “Prey”. It was about a newly family that went on an African safari. To give you a short synopsis, the kids went on a trip with their new step mom. They went on a detour and ended up in the territory of wild lions and tigers. In a Jeep. In the middle of God knows where.
They were trapped. And vulnerable. It made me think how that is true with life. And the enemy is in the field, waiting to pounce on us. Waiting to devour us.
1 Peter 5:8- Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Satan is like a roaring lion. The meaning of like is “having the same characteristics or qualities as; similar to”. On that same note, Jesus Christ is called THE lion of Judah. The lion. He has all the power. Satan acting LIKE a lion means that he tries to have the traits of power. He tries to impersonate the real thing, which is Jesus. He looks like the shape of Jesus. He tries to impersonate God’s voice. Someone who is not close to God would not be able to tell the difference between His voice or the devil’s. People may think they are hearing from God. But they are not. Sometimes even men and women on the pulpit are preaching words of deception.
2 Corinthians 11:14- For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.
This is how the enemy works. He disguises. Here’s the thing though. He doesn’t have any power UNLESS we give it to him. He is not even like a lion. He is like a house cat with no terror. When you give him power. When you don’t forgive that person who did you wrong, you are giving him power. When you get angry and say hurtful things at them, you are allowing him to come into your home, your relationship and be clawed to death. You are not allowing that person to be attacked, you are bringing it upon yourself.
We are being watched. We are being preyed upon. Our marriages, our relationship, friendships. Our families and even our churches. Sometimes He puts words in people’s minds to attack. People who think they are hearing from God are not. Sometimes even men on the pulpit are preaching words of deception. This is how the enemy works. He uses and abuses. And then he waits until you are confident enough to step out in faith. He then preys and attacks. In the movie, every time they thought they were safe to get out of the Jeep, the lion would be lurking in the fields. You wouldn’t see it’s face or body. But you would hear a growl. Bit by bit, you would see the face and the strong eyes. The stronger the visual became, the more fearful you would become. They would have to run back into the Jeep. But the lion would not stop there. It would still run after them. Previously, it went after the ranger. It’s first victim. It pressed his body against the Jeep and proceeded to tear his flesh apart, limb by limb. Does it just kill and run away? No. The lion dragged his body and it devoured every last drop of his blood and bones.
This is the way the devil is. He just doesn’t want to rip your flesh. He wants to rip out your heart, your spirit. He wants to tear out your soul from underneath you. If we don’t give him power to do that, He cannot harm us.The more you step out in faith and confidence, the more you should prepare for an attack.
What are ways to prevent a “lion-like” attack?
1. Pray. Pray harder than you have before.
2. Arm yourself.
” Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people
For me, personally, I spend time in the word of God. My Bible is my guide for every part of life I live and experience. Do I always get something spiritually profound? Not always. I find that when I do it consistently, I am more tuned into what God wants to show me. And what he wants to tell me. I am more on alert.
Also, surround yourself with Godly people. They say you become who you hang around with. So surround and pick your social circle so carefully.
Beware of the wiles. Remember, that the devil is like a lion. But has no power unless you give it to him. When you live your life in sin, you are giving him that power. When you don’t forgive, when you turn against Him, you are giving him power.
Also, remember, that when you are one with Jesus in your life, He IS the lion that can redeem you. He can bandage you when you’ve been attacked. He can save you from harm.
I love you all and when I write something, I write it from my heart of hearts. I don’t want to see any of you harmed or attacked. When I write, I don’t write from my own thinking. I write from what the Holy Spirit teaches me.
Take care Warriors!!