“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith against his onset—be rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world” (1Pet 5:8, 9; AMP)
Facts about the lions: Lions are predatory animals. They are also social animals, living as a family. The females hunt most of the time. They attack as a very organized group. They are smaller, more agile and faster than the males and not hindered by the big, beautiful mane. They bring the victim to the male who takes the best of it, his ‘lion’s share’. Lions have very good sight. They see in the darkness and they hunt mostly at night. They hide and come close to their victim. Then the attack is short and powerful. Most of their victims are intimidated by the swiftness of the attack, by the size of the lion and by the roar of his confidence. Most animals do not fight back once the lion pounces on them. They just paralyze with fear and accept death as inevitable.
The lion roars when he is roused with hunger, for then he is most fierce, and most eagerly seeks his prey. The roar is designed to intimidate the animal, to bring enough fear so that he will surrender. “The lion hath roared, who will not fear?” (Am 3:8)
David Livingstone, the missionary to Africa, told of his encounter with a lion. He shot at it but the lion still had enough strength to attack. Wounded, the beast sprang on him. He said that the shock of the attack brought so much fear of death to him that he fainted, not feeling any pain again. The villagers helped him and he escaped with his life but he was badly injured and never forgot the encounter with the king of the jungle.
Spiritual lessons: The roar of the devil symbolizes its strength and cruelty. He attacks the believers with sudden panic attacks, accusations and lies. The devil is not omnipresent so he has to walk about, moving from one believer to another. He attacks especially the committed Christians, the preachers of the Gospel, the leaders in the Body of Christ. He attacks your prayer life, your peace, faith and purity. The intent is to damage your testimony!
The strategy to defeat the devil is to prepared! Abide in the Word! Pray without ceasing! Stay sober! In Greek the word means to avoid alcohol. But all the works of the flesh have the same effect, they intoxicate the spirit. You become weak spiritually and a potential victim for the devil. Go to the Cross, crucify the flesh and the adversary can never pounce on you unexpectedly! Be vigilant! Don’t sleep! The word means to be active, prayerful, thru the intimate power of resurrection released at the Cross! Resist steadfastly in faith! It is a military word; it means to oppose, to withstand without running back! Have faith that this act of resisting is under the control of the Holy Spirit who gives you the power to win the battle! The tables shall turn and the arrow shall pierce the heart of the one who send it!
“IN CHRIST I DECLARE: I shall not be ignorant of the plans of the devil to destroy my testimony as a Christian! I shall be sober minded, self-controlled at all times; I shall starve the lusts of my flesh by the power of the Holy Spirit! I shall go to the Cross and identify with the death of Christ! I shall rise with Christ! I trust the Holy Spirit to supply the power to resist the devil until he flees from me, injuring himself in the process! I shall not fear any man, devil or circumstances, for God is with me! I shall fear God alone! I shall dedicate times of prayer during the night! I shall fast as lead by the Spirit! I shall encourage other believers to do the same, knowing that these temptations are common to all! I shall walk by faith, led by the Spirit! By faith I shall close the mouths of the hungry lions! No lion shall roar against me! The agents of the devil shall find no more words to spread falsehood to others! I shall pray always and I shall not faint!
Finally I declare that my King, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, has overcome all fake roaring lions!
In Jesus name, Amen!”