Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. (Psalms 22:21)
On a warm, dry afternoon on the backside of the wilderness near an opening of a shepherd's field, there were some sheep feeding on some scarce grass left over from a drought. Some of the tired and hungry sheep were discontent and began to wander into the open field next to a bushy area of the wilderness. Blindly, one of the hungry lambs was led away from its safe haven that the Shepherd had provided. Walking towards a greener patch of grass; when all of a sudden he is attacked by a lion.
We, as lambs may face these same spiritual lions that seek to devour us. It is not really the Shepherd's desire to have to pluck us out of a lions grasp; but His word does instruct us how to stay out or get out of his mouth.
However, often times through our weakness we become prey to the devil and his demons. Our human weakness may get us into trouble, but the purpose of living for God is to be delivered from these traps and snares of demonic attack and learn to overcome and walk in righteousness.
The inspiration of this article is for those who find themselves trapped in a lion's grasp. If you have not faced a lion in your life yet, hopefully you will find something in this article that you can hold on to just in case you face your own lion someday. For the devil as a roaring lion seeketh whom he may devour.
Let us not be ignorant of his devices, and, not only should we know how to stay out of his grasp, but we should also know how to get out when he has gripped us! We can stay out and get out, through the delivering power of Jesus name!
WE ARE FEEBLE LAMBS
In the remote parts of the human mind and heart lies little seeds of corruption. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer 17:9). These seeds do not all germinate, however, given the right circumstances those seeds will grow and we may end up sinning. It is through situations and events in a little lambs life that causes these seeds to grow.
If we nurture these seeds over a period of time, they become attractive to the demonic world. Often the sins we commit and the habits we form become magnets of devils. Sometimes, we become magnets even if we haven't sinned. But, most of the time it is wrong thinking or a wrong spirit that makes us a target of the devil. I am not saying that all demonic attack is because of wrong thinking or wrong doing. Job was righteous, but the devil targeted him because he was righteous. Regardless if we sin or do not sin, we all can become a target of a lion.
THE WANDERING SOUL
As a human soul, we are all subject to passion and desires; some good and some not so good. Our human spirit seems to always be looking for ways to feed it's desires.
Because of our inherited sinful nature, we tend to reach for things that are not good for us. Oh, they seem fun and pleasurable at the time, but often they cause us to lust and covet things on the other side of the fence.
When we are in the throes of discontentment our soul wanders as it reaches for things it wants. A wandering spirit is one of the most powerful and hurtful elements of our human makeup. It fuels temptations, ambitions, emotions, self-pity and pride; thus turning into lust and eventually sin.
Oh little lambs, I know life hurts and many things you desire are out of your reach. Oh, the temptation feels so right, it excites your senses and it feels like utopia. It seems to be the will of God; yet you know something isn't right.
Wandering eyes and inordinate affections can open up doors to demonic attack... even a lion if you please! Often, we open ourselves up to total deception because it feels and seems so right. That thing or person you think is so awesome may be a lion in disguise!
A CROUCHED LION
In a thick, hidden-away patch of grass, a lion is lying dormant licking the blood off his fur from his last kill. Thinking about his next meal stirs up the dark killer instinct in him. He arises out of his place and begins his journey looking for his next prey. As he leisurely walks through the wilderness he spots another lamb wandering from the Shepherd.
He lays down in the grass, out of site as he watches the lamb forage. The lion is very keen on the instinct of other animals. He watches every move and notices its attitude and desires. That old lion takes note of its prey's awareness of danger. And seeing that the lamb is not very watchful, the lion slowly arises and then crouches low to the ground as he begins to move towards the unsuspecting lamb.
MOVING IN FOR THE KILL
The lamb, not seeing the lion, blissfully keeps wandering around enjoying the feeling and emotions of feeding on his desires. The lamb seems so happy. Then, all of a sudden, the lamb hears a sound in the bushes. But, sensing no danger the little lamb thinks everything is okay and goes back to the temptation.
Slowly the lion moves on its paws, crouching ever so quietly. The lion, knowing that the lamb is not paying attention, moves swiftly to get behind another bush. But, this time the lamb sees a flash go by that maybe looks like a lion. The lamb freezes for a moment and ponders what he saw. But, because nothing happened after a few minutes, the lamb goes back to eating what it desires. The temptation in the face of danger felt so good, but the poor lamb wasn't ready for what was going to happen next.
The lion, now closer than ever, knows that this is going to be easy. The lamb is doing its thing and ignores the "sense of danger" that his instinct tells him. The lion, then begins to move a little quicker, sneaking by the tall grass as he runs and licks his chops. ROARRRRRRRR!! The lion charges in for the kill with ferocious eyes staring at his prey. The lamb freezes in fear, then awakens to run, but it is too late. With his mouth wide open, the lion lunges forward and crunches the lamb by the throat! The lamb cries and fights to get out.
CRUSHED BONES & BLEEDING WOUNDS
As the devil crunches on his victim, he breaks and tears at his soul. The cry can be heard for miles as the lamb is now caught in a bone-crunching clamp of death. His throat is gashed and he encounters several wounds. Pain and sadness envelope the struggling lamb as it lay inside the jaws of death.
The lamb, realizing its position, then wonders what happen to him. How did he end up here in the gripping power of the devil as he regrets the warning signs that were so obvious to him earlier. "Was this danger really worth the pain I am now feeling?", said the lamb.
STRUGGLING TO BE FREE
As the lion begins to work on his victim and as the lamb begins to get weak, he then realizes that he has to get out of the grip of this lion or he will die. He tries to move one leg, but realizes that it is broke. He then, tries to wiggle his way out by justifying why he was there.
The lamb is losing more blood as he weakens some more. Even though the lamb knew he had made a mistake, he knew that he could not die here at the hands of the devil!
Opening his eyes, he looks within to find strength to push his way out. In his broken and painful state, he then begins to plan how he was going to get out of this trap and he knew that there was only one way.
TAKING ON THE LION
The lamb, weak and hurting begins his fight back by deciding that this lion has to die. The lamb knew that he was going to have to go head-to-head with the lion.
And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow: (2 Sam 23:20)
The lamb took one big gasp of air and began its fight back by beginning to fast and pray. He humbles himself and repents for the sin that he had opened himself up to. The lamb fought in prayer for many hours, many days he cried out to the Shepherd for help. The lamb gets desperate and cries out with a lamenting cry that reached the throne of God!!
THE SHEPHERD ARRIVES
The Shepherd of the flock, heard the cry of one of His lambs. He hesitates because He is not sure exactly where the cry came from. He doesn't see the lamb and the lion behind the bush just yet.
The lion, thinking about the fatal bite that he wants to inflict on the little lamb is detected by the lamb. He, sensing that he had reached the end, gives out one more cry for help... BAAAAA!! The Shepherd hears and knows exactly where the lamb is and runs with all his might to the spot of temptation. The lion sees the Shepherd and fear now grips the lion as he releases the lamb and flees!
The lamb is so exhausted that he cannot hardly function. He is so tired and bloody from the temptation, sin and attack that he just looks at the Shepherd with sorrowful eyes.
CLEANSING THE WOUNDS
The Shepherd picks up the torn up lamb and takes him home. The shepherd, with His compassionate eyes just watches the lamb fight for strength. The Shepherd then loves on the lamb and reassures him that everything will be alright.
When home, the Shepherd cleanses the wounds and repairs some of the damage. However, some of the damage is going to leave scars on the soul. The lion had done some damage to the heart and mind. It is going to take some time to get well. But, the Shepherd comforts the lamb and heals his broken heart.
The Shepherd then begins to reveal to the lamb the process that led him to this failure and what he did wrong and how to correct it in the future. The shepherd knows the weakness of His lambs, but he still requires them to get it right.
DON"T WANDER AGAIN
As the lamb gets back on his feet, he begins to see all the steps that led him into the jaws of a roaring lion. He sees that he became discontent and let his spirit take him where he should not of gone.
It was a painful lesson to look at. He spent many nights looking back, with tears in his eyes knowing that he blew it. However, as he looked back he also could see in the Shepherd's word how he can keep himself from going down this road again.
Often times, wisdom and understanding is born of pain and failure. Sometimes we do not learn except through failing. However, failing is not the end. We just need to shake ourselves, humble ourselves and make right what we did wrong.
Many of times the attack of the devil is provoked because he finds a weakness that he can exploit. Mortifying the deeds of the flesh can help prevent the roaring of a lion in your life. However, It is much better to do what scripture says...
Neither give place to the devil. (Eph 4:27)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.(1 Pet 5:8-9)
If you want to avoid the lion from devouring you, just RESIST him. Resisting the devil means; do not feed the thing he is tempting you with, whether it be discontent, lust, things or another human being. We have to gird up the loins of our minds and say no to the devil.
If you find yourself being attacked by the lion like Job was; knowing you did nothing wrong, then you still have to resist the devil when he tempts you to curse God or anything like that.
The lion-devil doesn't play fair and he will use any tactic he can to devour you. He will watch you and wait for your weak moment. However, if you fail, do not despair... Jesus, the Shepherd of our soul can help us if we do our part and cry out to him!
Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. (2 Tim 4:17)