Thursday, 19 February 2015

Word : THE ROARING LION {Part 1}


If there was ever a time when Satan’s roaring could be heard it is in our present day. Everywhere you turn, no matter what you read or what position you hold in life, Satan’s roaring is loud and convincing to the human heart. Even God’s people, who know the voice of God, can often be found cowering in fear at the intimidating roar of Satan.
Which of us has not heard the roar of Satan’s voice?

1 Peter 5:8, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"

I would dare say that every one of us has heard his roar this very week.
Perhaps even right now you are hearing his roar in your ear, in your mind and in your heart. His roar strikes terror and fear into the ear that will hear him, into the mind that will meditate upon that roar and into the heart that allows his roaring to take root.
Just what am I saying? In the simplest terms I know, Satan’s greatest weapon that he uses to convince mankind to do his will is the roar of his voice! The noise of his roar is always a sound that appeals to the nature of man who desires to do evil. Satan never ceases to roar – to scream in your ear, in every attempt to drown out the sound of the voice of God, or to make the wooing of the Holy Spirit go unnoticed in the heart of every man.
Ø Satan roars in the workplace!
Ø He roars in the marketplace!
Ø He roars in your own home!
Ø He roars in your ear as you drive down the highway!
Ø He roars in your ear in the doctor’s office!
Ø He roars in your ear even as you sit in the church!
He never quits roaring!
Most people don’t even realize what his roar is all about. They don’t hear anything! I don’t hear any lion right now!


How does Satan roar in your workplace?

He roars when you catch wind of the latest gossip about a layoff that is coming. He roars when you hear of cutbacks, downsizing and reductions in force. He roars when you hear of buy-outs, changes in administration and a myriad of other ways. It’s not the news of these things that is so bad, but it is the roar of Satan in your ear that says that all of these things will affect you negatively.

Illustration Story:
On the job where I work, there is a never-ending flow of gossip. It’s so easy to start that it is just unbelievable. Not long ago I was joking with one of my fellow workers about a situation on our job. I made a simple statement that there would likely be more lay-offs before the summer ended. Little did I know how quickly he would key in on what I said? Within a few minutes he went into a rage as fear struck his heart that he would be among those who would be fired. He became so angry that he was going to the General Superintendent to tell him off. Now that’s the way to really get fired! I had to quickly tell him that it wasn’t true lest he ran off and got both of us into trouble. We both laughed about it and it was soon forgotten - or was it? That man was gone from that job within a few months. He retired early! I often wonder if my words that day had enough impact upon him to help him make the decision to bail out while he could. The lay-offs never came, but he was gone just the same.

I learned that day that you cannot “joke” with a lot of people for they are too susceptible to the “roaring lion”. Satan has them so “gun shy” (to use a hunter’s terminology), or so frightened that the least little thing will send them into a panic.
Notice one thing! When Satan is roaring, he can’t be biting! The scripture doesn’t say that Satan goes around biting, ripping and tearing his victims to pieces. He doesn’t have to. His roar is all that he needs! We will rip our own lives to pieces, tear our own faith apart, and allow the bite of sin to destroy our soul just because we listen to his roar.
What does the roar of the lion do? There a several things that it does. His roar warns everyone around that the “King of the Jungle” is speaking. His roar is meant to strike fear into his enemies that he is hungry and after them. His roar is also meant to scare away anyone who comes to interfere with him as he devours the prey that he has already killed. His roar is simply meant to strike fear and terror in the heart of every other creature that hears him.

That’s just what the roaring voice of Satan does. He roared in the ear of that man on the job to strike fear into his heart of being let go. Satan’s roar in that man’s ear screamed loudly that his family would starve, that he would lose everything that he had worked for all those years, even his retirement. Satan’s roaring shook that man’s faith to the core and sent him running in fear from the voice of the lion in his heart. This was supposed to be a Christian who trusted in the Lord and who had faith in God, yet Satan’s voice overpowered the still, small voice of the Lord in his heart.
I wonder if Satan’s roaring is going to cause that man to lose his very soul because his fear and doubt.
How does Satan roar in the marketplace?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how the roaring of Satan works in our economy. Just take a look at the stock markets and you can see what his roaring does. In the stock market, prices rise and fall very quickly as the buyers and sellers react to good news and, especially, to bad news. If the news is good the prices will rise cautiously because they are always prepared to bail out and sell at the first hint of bad news. When the bad news comes the market drops dramatically because the buyers and sellers are running like rats off of a sinking ship. What is the root cause of all this turmoil in the markets?
It’s the voice of the roaring lion! The world news grows increasingly worse as we draw nearer to the time of the coming of the Lord, just as the Bible said that it would. Very short moments of peace and tranquility are shattered by long periods of wars, rumors of wars and threats to world peace. We cry peace and safety but there is no peace and safety in this world. We are on the very brink of destruction and there is no denying of that fact.
In this climate of fear and terror it isn’t hard for the roaring of Satan to have its desired effect upon the hearts of men. We expect the worst and that’s just what we often get.

He strikes fear into the heart of men who drown those fears in alcohol, drugs and immorality. Live it up while you can because tomorrow may never come. Do we have things backwards or not? If there is going to be no tomorrow, doesn’t it make better sense to make things right with God than to dive deeper into sin? But that’s the power of the roaring lion’s voice. He deceives and strikes terror into the heart of man and uses it as a goal to drive the sinful nature of man into the pits of hell.
How does the roaring lion operate in your home?

Which of us, even as Christians, has not had the devil scream in our ears that our children would be lost; that your marriage would be wrecked; or that your family would be devastated by some dreadful accident?
We certainly give him plenty of access to our homes through the movies we watch, the books we read and through the immorality that is portrayed on the Internet.
It seems that the modern church has been so invaded by sin and has compromised so much with the world that it is hard for Christians to know what is right. Either that or we just don’t want to obey God in the first place. I prefer to believe that we just love the things of this world too much to get rid of them and so we invite Satan to come into our homes and roar for a while until we either fall prey to his roaring or we get tired of him and finally kick him out of the house.
To Be Concluded Tomorrow
Sermon shared by James May
Prayer Points
1.   Voices of darkness, speaking against my destiny, die! In the name of Jesus.
2.   Every evil snare prepared for me and my family; Catch your owner in the name of Jesus.
3.   Let the silent operation of Satan in my life .scatter in the name of Jesus.
4.   Let the progress of the enemy in my life; be frustrated in the name of Jesus.
5.   Lion of Judah roar and swallow every confidence of the enemy in my life, in the name of Jesus.
Declare these Confessions to yourself:
6.   I shall not be used as Sacrifice; my family shall not be used as sacrificed my the power in the power of Jesus.
7.   I laminated my life and my family with the blood of Jesus.
8.   Throughout the year, People shall not have a cause to say to me; Sorry! In the name of Jesus.
9.   This year, my God shall arise and make me a mysterious wonder in the name of Jesus.
10.                   This year, what others call a problem, shall become promotion for me in the name of Jesus.
Seven Fold Amen with Faith!!!
Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen!
2015 is your Year of multiple restoration and unparalleled Favor in the name of Jesus


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