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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Thoughts from the Past – A Bold Foe

This photo is from my grandpa’s collection and I assume he took it. It was a lion in a zoo.

Jan. 3, 2006
A Bold Foe

Over the weekend we had a guest - a fellow believer from California. Last night we showed him one of our lion documentaries (The Lions of Etosha, filmed by Des and Jen Bartlett). In discussing the hunting habits of lions they showed two different sequences in which the lions, in the process of their hunt, did not even bother to hide themselves. Half of the strategy was to panic the prey by their very presence. The prey knew they were being hunted and could plainly see all or at least part of the lions. The fear factor in this panicked the prey into going exactly where the lions wanted them so they could catch one to devour.

I was again reminded that this is one of the tactics of our adversary the devil who is also described as a devouring lion. 1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Sometimes the devil, or his minions, will actually hunt for the saints, as it were, in our plain sight. The idea is much as the lion's - they desire to panic us into bolting or walking into their trap.

It is amazingly easy to be panicked by this tactic, but the Lord has not left us helpless and not knowing what to do. The passage continues, Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 1Peter 5:9 Steadfast resistance in the faith is the key. Unlike the helpless prey of the real lions, if we in faith steadfastly resist being panicked we can overcome the devil and his helpers.

We read in Proverbs 28:1, ...the righteous are bold as a lion. We are righteous through Jesus Christ, Who is the lion of the tribe of Juda (Rev. 5:5). Another section of the video showed a confrontation between two male "stray lions" (lions not belonging to a pride), and the two big males of the pride. At first, the lone lion from the pride ran from the intruders, but when his friend - his brother - came to support him he turned around and confronted the intruders. There is strength in the support of our fellow saints, but ultimately our support is Christ, the lion of Juda. With Him no spiritual predator can overcome us. Our confidence and faith must be in Him, not ourselves; and thus we must resist the urge to panic when the roaring devil shows himself. Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

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