Do you know the devil also specializes in breeding threats in every form. Think of Goliath held the whole of Israel spell-bound with empty threats (1 Samuel 17:10-11).
Think of the messages of Rabshakeh to Hezekiah, “I will make you to drink your urine.” “Which among the gods of the nations have delivered ‘his’ land from my hand?” he yelled. “What is your confidence? (Isaiah 36:4-20).
Mere threats! Just to create fear, and fear begets a fall. This was Job’s testimony – “The things I greatly feared have come upon me” (Job 3:25).
Now, say aloud: “God has not given me the spirit of bondage again to fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind.”
The devil is not said to be a lion, he simply likes to roar like one. I once read a commentary by an anointed servant of God where he said: “Even if he (Satan) were to be a lion, he ought to be old by now.”
A study of lions shows that an old lion has no ability to pounce on its prey. But it instills fear into it by roaring, and then walks majestically towards it. The old lion has lost the smartness required for him to pounce on its prey, but still has a loud voice. This is why the phrase “fear not” is used about 365 times in the scriptures.
Fear paralyses initiative.
The devil, just like that old lion, keeps roaring. That’s all he can do. But you have to be aware of whom you are and that the Greater One is in you.
Everything you fear, you end up experiencing. If you live in the fear of failure, you will end up a failure. If you live in the fear of death, death will kill you long before the number of your days is fulfilled. If you lived in constant fear of tomorrow, you won’t enjoy your today.
The devil is not a lion.
He only roars as one. As he roars, let the voice of the Shepherd rise higher in you, and the stranger will give way. As soon as he (the stranger) hears you roaring the Word, he will flee away from his hiding places (Psalms 18:44).
The voice of the Lord is greater than the voice of many waters (Psalms 93:4). The devil must not hold you to ransom with his empty roars.
Jesus pushed aside the wailings and mockeries of the ‘lion’ and went ahead to fulfill His mission of raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead.
Hannah pushed aside the mockery of Peninnah, made her way through into the court of God and laid hold of the promise of fruitfulness.
Peter had no business looking at the storms on the sea. Had he kept his eyes on the Master, he would have continued walking on the sea. The devil roars, so as to cause diversion on your path of faith. But you just keep your eyes fixed and your ears tuned in to the voice of the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Your weeping has ended!