Caging the Lion
By Pastor Johnny R. Almond
At that moment the Spirit of the LORD powerfully took control of him,
and he ripped the lion’s jaws apart with his bare hands.
Judges 14:6 NLT
Eyelids getting heavy? Do not let Satan catch you napping! Your fiercest opponent is a roaring lion in search of a victim to shred. You are subject to hellacious attack, so you need My wisdom to alert you to his trickery and enable you to survive in the jungle of temptations.
There is no way in human strength to cage the formidable lion. Satan will tear you limb from limb, unless you deal with him using supernatural resources. Only in My power can you take your archenemy by the scruff of the neck and be rid of him. Only by My strength can you survive his strategies. Empty-handed, grasping no earthly weapon, you can conquer the Devil—if you are brave-hearted, wielding invisible weapons retrieved from the Holy Spirit’s arsenal.
I am stronger than the tempting lion. When I control you, you enjoy spiritual victory. Hoisting the faith shield, extinguish flaming arrows of allurement he hurls through the night. If you give an inch morally, the Devil will take a mile of your character. Surrendering to temptation does not extinguish it; it only stokes the flames. Do not yield to the evil one—resist! Say no and he will go!
The lion of hell is a ravenous beast determined to ruin you. The Lion of the tribe of Judah is determined to resurrect you.
Look forward to the day of eternal ecstasy when My salvation, power, kingdom, and authority will at last be openly unveiled to the universe—and the accuser will be imprisoned in the Abyss in irremediable defeat. Throw a party celebrating inevitable victory over public enemy number one! Worship the Shepherd crucified as a Lamb, soon to be crowned King.
In the meantime, when the lion roars in accusing tones, Jesus is your Defense Counsel who pleads your case at heaven’s throne. Even if your conscience still condemns you, I know you trust Me—let My love set your heart at rest. Until you see Me face to face, depend on My Holy Spirit’s power to triumph over sin. Reverse evil and live! Vitality will be stronger than a lion. Victory will be sweeter than honey.
You are dust—I am Spirit. You are mortal—I am eternal. You are frail—I am omnipotent. You are foolish—I am omniscient. You are limited—I am omnipresent. You are vulnerable—I am invincible.
Is it not about time you donned My armor and started winning more of life’s battles?!
Johnny R. Almond
Pastor, Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church – Friends on a Journey of Faith
Author, Gentle Whispers from Eternity—book available on Amazon
Devotional based on day 128 of Gentle Whispers from Eternity