Have you ever had a day when all you can think of is all the mistakes you have made? Do you feel God is not answering you because He is angry with you! Are the only feelings you are experiencing guilt and condemnation? If you have received Jesus as your Savior you must know that you may be hearing a lions roar!
8 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.
9 Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—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.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (AMP)
This verse clearly says that the devil is your enemy (He has come to “make,wage, declare war” against you!
17 So then the dragon was furious (enraged) at the woman, and he went away to wage war on the remainder of her descendants—[on those] who obey God’s commandments and who have the testimony of Jesus Christ [and adhere to it and bear witness to Him].
Revelation 12:17 (AMP)
One of the ways he does this is to imitate a “roaring lion”. (..like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger]). So if he is imitating a lion roaring, who is he imitating? Why would he do this? What is the real reason for the Lion to roar? Lets take a closer look.
In Revelation5:5 it calls Jesus the lion:
5 Then one of the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] said to me, Stop weeping! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root (Source) of David, has won (has overcome and conquered)! He can open the scroll and break its seven seals!
Revelation 5:5 (AMP)
In nature the lion is called “king of the beast”. Here we see Jesus as the KING OF KINGS (The KING of everything)!
HE IS THE KING OF ISRAEL
49 Nathanael answered, Teacher, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!
John 1:49 (AMP)
HE IS THE KING OF KINGS
16 And on His garment (robe) and on His thigh He has a name (title) inscribed, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 19:16 (AMP)
EVEN THE THIEF ON THE CROSS NEXT TO HIM RECOGNIZED JESUS AS KING
41 And we indeed suffer it justly, receiving the due reward of our actions; but this Man has done nothing out of the way [nothing strange or eccentric or perverse or unreasonable].
42 Then he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when You come in Your kingly glory!
Luke 23:41-42 (AMP)
Okay we see Jesus as the Lion and as the KING, but when and why does He (Jesus) roar?
12 The king’s wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as [refreshing as] dew upon the grass.
Proverbs 19:12 (AMP)
The devil “roars” he wants you to believe God is mad/upset at you because of sin. When Jesus our “Lion King” roars (releases His wrath), it is against our enemy the devil…
8 ….. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].
1 John 3:8b (AMP)
.., His favor He gives to those that are His.
5 I will be like the dew and the night mist to Israel; he shall grow and blossom like the lily and cast forth his roots like [the sturdy evergreens of] Lebanon.
Hosea 14:5 (AMP)
8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
Ephesians 2:8 (AMP)
When the devil “roars” he is trying to get us to believe God is mad at us, or He is punishing us for something we did wrong. Nothing could be farther from the truth. If we give in to the lie the devil is “roaring”, it leads to guilt and condemnation (he will “devour” us!).
To “Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times,” remember this:
- For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4 (AMP)
- Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
Philippians 4:6-8 (AMP)
- Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—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.
1 Peter 5:9 (AMP)