Like a Lion- Part 2
In the last part of this series, we did mention one striking similarity between the devil and the lion- ROARING. In this edition, we will move on to yet another thing these two have in common- they ISOLATE their prey. Most of the animals lions love to feed on always move in groups, but unfortunately for the lion, it can’t take on a group at a time. What does is it do then? It finds a way to dis-integrate them and attack one at a time. The sequence is almost always the same; when the lion roars, the animals pick race but there will always be one or two that will run separately from the rest. Once there is a lone ranger, the job becomes easy for the lion. This I believe must have been how a lion got a sheep from the fold of David- 1 Samuel 17:34.
What has this got to do with us as believers? As long as we remain in the fold, we make it increasingly difficult for the devil to strike. No wonder the bible warns not to forsake the assembly of the brethren- Hebrews 10:25. In the church, there is security and comfort for every believer. Even the weakest of us enjoys the corporate grace and anointing the church has to offer, but left alone we stand little or no chance at all. The devil is well acquainted with this fact and so he seeks to isolate. He will stop at nothing to get you out of that fortress; he will entice you with the promise of a better life outside the church. He will even show you your unbelieving colleagues who are doing seemingly well and make you feel “men! You are missing a lot”. “O.K., why not give it a try” he will say. And sure enough the trial will convince you, before you know what is happening you are out alone outside your father’s house.
At that juncture, just anything can happen. The parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) says it all, only God knows what the devil promised this young believer. Whatever bait he used, it really must have worked. Soon enough the boy started fantasizing of the world outside there, pastoral counsel couldn’t stop him anymore, he began to feel he was been caged and within a few days, he packed his things and off he went. The first few days must have been really exciting else he simply would have gone back home. Did I mention that the lion is patient, o yes! He is. The devil waited for this boy to stray far from home before showing him his true colour. Very few ever make it back home and even those who do have scars to show for it.
It’s not an old trick, it’s the same old one; Isolate Eve from Adam, entice her with the forbidden fruit and she will fall for it. The devil never tried tempting the two of them together; he knows very well it won’t work. Perhaps I should ask who are your friends? If your closest friends are unbelievers, be rest assured you are on your way out. Sooner or later evil communication will corrupt good manners (1 Corinthians 15:33). Are you getting suggestions of seeking solution to your challenges outside the church and the prescription of God’s word? Watch it! It’s a bait!
President, The Teacher Ministries
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