It is said that a lion roars for several reasons; to interact with one another, to declare their territory, and it is one of their tactics to catch and devour their prey.
To catch their prey, the lion crouches and lurks, creeping towards them and when they are just close enough... they let out a loud roar! This startles and confuses the animal, striking fear into them.
It is in those very moments. the animal loses the ability to "think" or "react" and so they are trapped and caught by the lion, who now feasts upon them. It is very similar to the devil, as he seeks to destroy and devour us!
If your frame of mind prevents you from "casting your cares" upon the Lord, it is most likely, the work of the devil as he seeks to destroy your soul. His work is to simply conceal himself so he can creep up on you. He enjoys whispering into your heart, all the anxieties and worries you hold on to and before you know it, he has you right where he wants you!
If you are like me you might have an explanation, such as; "But, you don't understand what I am going through. You don't realize all the pain and anguish I have had."
This is the time to STOP! This is no time for excuses or self-pity. I have been in your shoes many times and I know my own excuses and self-pity!
This is the exact moment, when we need to be diligent about God's Word. It is why we must be alert and vigilant, it is our duty, our part to do. We must be sober and able to take command of ourselves, so we can hear the Lord's instructions!
Self-control will make us aware and steadfast by faith! We cannot fight without a firm foundation and this is what God's Word and His truth, equips us with. This is the position our soul seeks in order to stand upon the promises of God and against the wiles of Satan!
If we will consider those that went before us, such as Stephen, John the Baptist and Paul, we will be encouraged, when we face our own adversities and problems. By whatever means the devil attacks you, be assured and take comfort that you are not the first to face these same times of trouble.
It is when you learn your weapons of 'spiritual warfare' that you will become a victor and a overcomer in the fight for your own life.
Yes, we are human but we don't fight our battles as humans do. Why would we use the weapons of this world, when we have full use of the weapons of almighty God? With God we can knock down the strongholds of our own reasoning and destroy any and all false arguments! We can demolish the proud barriers that keep us from knowing God. We can eradicate our own rebellious thoughts and learn to obey God!
My friend, there is a light at the at the end of the tunnel! And, there is a ceasing in your struggles and that is in the Lord, Jesus Christ! He will never leave you alone to fight, He is our 'Commander in Chief' and He loves us and He will fight with and for you and I!
Praise God! We don't ever have to stay defeated! We don't ever have to surrender to the enemy!! We can have victory, right here and now!!
Are the pressures in your life widespread? Do you have mounds of personal and family worries and care? Do your burdens seem to heavy to bear? Does rejection, doubting and fear flood your mind and leave you feeling exposed and powerless?
God's Word says it all; For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ... 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Friend, when you are 'In the jungle, this mighty jungle of life, the lion sleeps tonight,' because, Jesus Christ will lead us through any battle we face, VICTOROUSLY!