God’s Promise For You Today 9/18/2012

1 Peter 5:8-9 

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

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5 thoughts on “God’s Promise For You Today 9/18/2012

  1. The lion is such a majestic, magnificent animal that I think most people admire it. We KNOW it is dangerous, so we maintain a distance, but we like to look.

    The devil is also depicted as a serpent – a snake. A snake is not majestic and admired. In fact, it is sinister looking, and is greatly disliked by most people.

    We need to be aware that the devil has many guises, including highly attractive ones. He is a master of camouflage. We need to remember that _ALL_ his guises are dangerous and “seeking whom he may devour”.

    As someone said:
    If you don’t want to trade with the devil, keep out of his shops.

    On the other hand, we serve an amazing,omnipotent God whose desire is to bless us and uplift us and make us Christlike.

    • When I was a little baby..and you are going to think I am off my rocker, but I am telling the truth before God. I was under six months old, and for some reason the Lord has allowed me to always “Clearly” retain this.

      I was lying in my crib. On my brother’s bunkbed, across the room, was a huge, frightening, dark brown lion with yellow glowing eyes. It was walking in place toward me, roaring visciously and growling. I was screaming and crying, and my blankie was at the foot of the crib. I remember I wanted it so bad but could not get it (I couldn’t turn my head yet, and I couldn’t sit up..I mean I could move it to the side, but not around to look behind me while lying down).

      I was hysterical! This thing terrified me! My mother came running in throwing her bathrobe on, raising her arms up into the air. At the time, I knew she was questioning what I was crying about, but didn’t really understand what she was saying. She couldn’t see this image I was seeing, and so she left the room. I cried louder. I couldn’t believe my mother left me to a roaring lion. How could she? Because it was spiritual, and she did not see it.

      But here’s the thing. The lion disappeared and was replaced by a lamb lying quietly and happily on my brother Daniel’s lap. There was a man in a long purple robe with white hair and a staff. He was climbing up and down the ladder giving something to the lamb, and was loving it and petting it. Then he would go down the ladder and walk toward my crib, behind it, where the closet was. I tried so hard to turn and look behind me, but I couldn’t. This image comforted me. It felt safe. I felt okay. I wasn’t afraid anymore.

      Just recently, thinking about this happening (it was not a dream; it really happened) I believe the devil was trying to cause fear in me, because fear has literally nearly destroyed my life to this day. But, I believe the man in the purple robe was Jesus (the Holy Spirit) the lamb of God, coming to comfort me in a way I would understand as a little baby under six months of age. The lamb was lying peacfully where the lion had just been. The lion was no more. There was peace and love. Was this thing I saw prophetic?

      Or, and this take I doubt, but it’s possible. Maybe the Lion was God, all powerful and mighty, but then changing in to the loving, compassinoate Jesus..showing the contrast of power and strength, and compassion and love, knowing I would forever remember…planting that seed in me early. We know that Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!

      I have always remembered this verse in association with this event because in my mind, the lion was the devil and the white haired man in the purple robe who was displaying the affection and love to the lamb was Jesus. Do you have a take on this?

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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