Friday, 20 February 2015

Word:The Roaring Lion {Part2}


We started this topic yesterday where we exposed how Satan quietly roars in our lives; why we need to be cautious so that we don’t fall prey to the enemy. We looked at various way and tactics that Satan uses to penetrate in to our businesses, workplace, career and the home. You can access the earlier part of this message, here. Today we will conclude this topic by look further into the roaring of the enemy in our daily lives such as on the highway, the medical reports and surprisingly also in the church of God.

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.

We continue on the various ways the devil roars to steal our joy, our blessings are discussed as follows:
How does the roaring lion operate on the highway?

Satan’s roaring can be heard as you travel down the highway too. He roars when you get that feeling that they road is only for you and everyone else needs to get out of your way! He roars when you drive in constant fear that you won’t make it to your destination. He roars when you are caught in traffic and frustration and anger begin to take over.
 Satan roars in your ear that this is just so unfair! Have you heard him roar lately? Has his roaring caused you to say things and do things on the highway that you had to repent of later?
How does the roaring lion operate in the doctor’s office?
Satan’s roaring can be heard in the doctor’s office when you get some bad news. If the diagnosis isn’t good, his roar strikes fear and terror into your heart and the first thoughts that his roaring brings to your mind is that you won’t make through this one. The majority of Christians are immediately struck by this same fear and terror. Thank God that He is still faithful and still in the healing business. Many of those who succumb to the roaring of the devil eventually stop listening to his roaring and turn back to God in faith so that God can perform a miracle for them.
How does the roaring lion operate in church?

Satan’s roaring can even come against you as you sit in the very House of God. If we come into God’s house and allow him to, Satan will begin to roar in your ear that you aren’t good enough to be here. He will roar that you are wasting your time; that you will never make it to Heaven; that you can’t be forgiven, you’ve just done too much; he will roar that God doesn’t really care; and he will even roar that God doesn’t even exist and that all this religious stuff is a fairy tale.
Notice that scripture says that the devil walks about, going to and fro! He is just like a lion that runs here and there, famished with hunger, sneaking, scheming, and planning to attack his prey and to bring it down to death and destruction. If he can scare them so bad that the animal can’t run they will be easy prey. If he can make them so afraid that they can’t think straight and run themselves into a trap, then he can easily capture them. If he can get them to separate from the herd and run on their own, they become much easier to catch and kill. Satan uses those same methods. He often comes in through an unsuspected method. He sneaks up and attacks from the back. Thank God that the Holy Spirit knows his wiles and is never surprised.
 He roars in your ears, strikes terror and fear into your heart, bringing doubts to your mind about God and the promises in God’s Word, and then he runs to God to “tattle” on you, hoping to bring God’s judgment against you for sin. Thank God that we have an “advocate with the Father”!
1 John 2:1, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:"
Jesus is my legal counsel before the Throne of God. He is on my side and he has already defeated the devil at his own game. Jesus has paid the price for every one of my sins and yours. There is no accusation that Satan can bring before God concerning you that Jesus has not already paid the penalty for. God’s judgment is stayed and Satan’s accusations are made null and void because the penalty has already been exacted and paid for in the Blood of Christ.

Nevertheless, we are commanded to be sober, vigilant, watchful and careful because the devil never quits trying. He is ever seeking for a way to get to you and destroy your faith in God; to destroy your testimony before men; to steal your victory in Christ; to imprison your heart in doubts and fear; to steal that eternal life that God has promised. That’s Satan’s job and he never quits trying, so be careful and watch for his tricks. Don’t fall prey to his roaring!

Yes, the devil never quits “roaring” – he is ever trying to do whatever he can to destroy all that is good, holy and righteous.

But there is another Lion that I want to bring your attention to. He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

In the Book of Revelation John is struck with desperation and begins to weep because no one in all of Heaven and earth is found worthy to open the book that contains the “deed” to all of God’s creation. This little book represents the “payoff certificate” or the “bill marked Paid in Full” for the redemption of God’s creation and the souls of men who are destined for Heaven.

Revelation 5:5, "And one of the elders saith unto me, weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof."

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the only begotten Son of God, made one great roar as he hung on the cross. That one last statement of Jesus, made just before he gave up the ghost and died, has resounded through all of creation, and for all of history, as the one most powerful roar that could ever be heard when Jesus said, “IT IS FINISHED”!

At that moment all of the power of the adversary was broken. At that moment all of the power fear, doubt, frustration and sin was forever crushed and placed under His feet.

Isaiah 31:4-5 gives us a picture of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, "For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it."

Jesus isn’t shaken by the roaring of the devil’s voice. He does not cower in fear at the sound of Satan’s deceptive lies.
Amos 1:2 “The Lord roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up, and the top of Carmel withers.”
Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors
When the Lion of the Tribe of Judah roars from his holy mountain, all of creation trembles, demons run in fear, Satan cowers in terror, for our God is in control of all things. He reigns and no one has power over him. When his voice roars from the Throne of God – the angels in Heaven come to attention, demons tremble and shake, and whatever comes from the lips of God is instantly carried out for the Lord God, omnipotent, has spoken.
His voice that roars spoke the worlds into existence. His voice has spoken and all of creation came forth. When his voice speaks, your sickness must go! When his voice speaks, you sin is washed away through the Blood of the Lamb! When his voice speaks, love bursts forth for those who are his own, and judgment bursts forth on all who would oppose him!
Which roar are you hearing this morning? Are you listening to the roars of the devil as he tries to bring you down to destruction, or are you hearing the roar of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah as He calls you to come to him and let him make you one of his own? Be sober, be vigilant, your adversary is ever seeking to destroy you. But even more importantly, be aware that Jesus is ever reaching out to you also. He has come that you might have life and life more abundant. Listen for his roar and come to him!
Let me close with this illustration Story:
Every day, as the sun rises on the plains and begins to heat up the vast savannahs of Africa, the gazelle awakes to remember that he must be running wherever he goes. He must be faster than the slowest gazelle and faster than the fastest lion, or he will surely become the lion’s dinner before the day is done.
Every day, as the sun rises on the plains and begins to heat up the vast savannahs of Africa, the lion awakes to remember that he must be running wherever he goes. He must be faster than the slowest gazelle and faster than the fastest lion, or he will surely be starving before the day is done.
Let us realize that every day we must awake and start running – being wary, aware and watching for the roaring lion that seeks to devour us. We must be always ready for him and resisting his roaring, while running towards Heaven. We must also be running the race towards Glory with Jesus is running along with us, giving us the strength to win the prize of eternal life with him.
Get up and get running. If you sit still the roaring lion will eventually devour you. The only way to escape the roaring lion is to ever be running toward Jesus.

Don’t let terror and fear paralyze you – Run to Jesus – Run to the Father in Heaven – Run to His Holy Word – Run – Run – Run – for the prize is not just to the fastest, but to everyone who finishes the race!
Sermon shared by James May
Prayer Points
1.   Every negative words working against my life, be silenced by the blood of Jesus.
2.   O God arise; lift me up, beyond the devices of the enemy, in the name of Jesus.
3.   Strategy of the devil to bring me down; scatter, in the name of Jesus.
4.   I received fresh grace to overcome the devil in every area of my life, in the name of Jesus.
5.   Lion of Judah roar and silence the operation of the enemy, in my life, in the name of Jesus.
Declare these Confessions to yourself:
6.   Fire of the Holy Ghost; overshadow my life and my family, in the power of Jesus.
7.   I erect the pillar of the blood of Jesus, around my life and my family.
8.   Throughout the year, I shall not weep, by the power of the holy host, in the name of Jesus.
9.   I plug my life into the socket of divine favour, by the power of the in the blood of Jesus
10.                   The lord shall arise in Nigeria and turn around our captivity, 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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