IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE YOUNG LION AND THE DRAGON SHALL THOU TRAMPLE UNDER FEET
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.”
Summary: How Christians can overcome all forms of satanic afflictions and live a victorious life
The old King James text of Psalm 91 talks about the lion, the adder and the dragon and it says that you, as God’s trusting child, can triumph over these adversaries. All of the difficulties and challenges that you will ever face in life are represented by one of these three images.
Now lions are bold. They meet you head on, unplanned and unexpected, like the phone call that you never wanted to get in the middle of the night. You open an envelope to learn that you are being sued by a competitor. Or a pink slip with a paycheck tells you that you are now unemployed. Like lions, certain difficulties confront you in life, making you cower or feel like running when they hit you. The reality, however, is that there is no escape from some of the difficulties which stand in our paths.
Adders are poisonous snakes, and of all the creatures that God created, snakes are among the most unlikable. No wonder Satan is personified as a serpent who confronted our first parents in the Garden of Eden. But snakes and lions are vastly different. Lions roar. Snakes hiss or slither quietly through the grass until their prey gets close enough to attack, and then the deadly fangs of the adder strike. There is no warning with snakes, no loud roars, no footprints on the trail of your life. The snake simply strikes and your heart is filled with terror.
Life’s unforseen wounds are like the stinging attack of the adder. A comment is made–totally unexpected and coming from a source you would never have thought capable of saying what you just heard. You have been struck, betrayed by one like Judas, who sells your friendship.
The third image in this triad of creatures which Psalm 91 talks about is the dragon. Now, have you ever seen a dragon, I mean, a real fire-breathing, flame-spouting dragon? No, not unless it was on Chinese New Year when the dragon was actually a bunch of men in a costume. Dragons are creatures of mythology, or beasts of your imagination. Living in our minds, the dragons of our lives are terrible creatures made up of of our fears, robbing us of our peace. They are the things that you fear may happen such as getting cancer, your money being exhausted before you are, the plane crashing or your child being kidnapped.
Dragons don’t exist, but that doesn’t mean these fears are not real. Your dragonish fears cause your body to prepare to fight or flee bringing physiological and mental fatigue. And our bodies weren’t designed to be able to face our imagined dragons of life.
And what is the answer to overcoming these three formidable creatures? “Dwelling in the secret place of the most high,” says Psalm 91. It’s a relationship with God that is your assurance against the dragons, the serpents, or the lions of life. God is your place of refuge, a place of security to which you can run when you are challenged by the lion, stung by the serpent, or threatened by the dragon. David wrote, “For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5) Notice the verse says, “in the day of trouble.” The God of the Bible knows we are going to need Him and He waits for us.
There are instances where God has used overt, miraculous protection. Some of those events involve these very dangers. When Jesus addressed seventy-two of His followers who returned from a preaching mission, He referred to this passage. He told them, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
The apostle Paul experienced an extremely literal version of this verse while kindling a fire on the island of Malta. A viper emerged from the fire and attached itself to Paul’s hand. However, the viper did not wound or kill Paul; Paul simply shook off the viper and threw it back into the fire (Acts 28:1–6). The Bible describes the Devil as both a lion and a serpent (1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:7–9). Although he is vicious and sly, believers can be victorious over him
by humbling themselves before God, by casting all their anxiety on God, by being sober-minded, by staying alert, and by resisting Satan using faith (1 Peter 5:6–9).
The Serpent has bitten our lives in several ways without our Knowledge. Today, knowledge is setting you free in Jesus name. Are you into any problem that seems beyond the ordinary? It is simply because you have refused to crush the head of the Serpent as God commanded you. Today, we are going to exercise our divine power over the Serpent. God will not crush the serpent for you. You have to crush the enemy yourself.
If you are ones of those who believe that you do not have to pray against Satan, because Jesus had defeated Satan on the cross, you are merely displaying your ignorance or using that as an excuse for your laziness to pray. What the death and resurrection of Jesus did is to give you all powers to trample and overcome the Serpents and Scorpions. You must exercise that power, if now the Serpent will continue bruising your heel in spite of your born again status.
An effective way of crushing the Serpent is through fervent prayers. While praying to crush the serpent, you cannot afford to pray like a gentleman or lady; you have to be violent in your spirit and aggressive in your prayer pattern. God has give you power to trample on snakes and scorpions. Exercise that power now!.
Start by giving your life to Jesus you is the only person that can empower you to overcome the devil.
Do you want to receive power over the serpent? Then say this simple prayer:
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that I am a sinner and have fallen short of your glory. I genuinely repent from all my sins and pledge to go and sin no more. I accept your plan to reconcile mankind to you through Jesus Christ, who you sent in your name. I believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah, and died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins and redeem me.
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