“Press on, the Lion is roaring!“-God
In prayer yesterday, this was the word of the Lord to me. (4/19/2017)
Scripture: Philippians 3:13-14,
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
After, the Lord spoke to me, I began to ask God what does he mean and God began to give me clarity. I pray you understand it the way he gave it to me.
We know Christ as the Lion of the tribe of Judah but the scripture tells us in 1st Peter 5:8, that the devil is like a roaring lion seeking who he can devour. So, which lion is roaring? Do I need to be afraid? Or, do I find comfort in the fact that God is roaring?
In the lion kingdom, there are times when male lions are fighting to show their dominance. They will fight for the position as the head of their pride (pride is the name of their family group). They will show their dominance by roaring. Lion’s are known to have the loudest roar among all of the felines. Their roar can be heard from 8 km away and is one of the most frightening sounds.
As, I stated in a previous blog, “Anytime there is spiritual advancement there will be a spiritual attack (Ryan LeStrange).” I believe this have been a season of rest for many believers. I believe that God has allowed this season of rest so that God’s people can advance in the kingdom and get things done. But we have this roaring lion who is seeking who he can devour while we are building and preparing for our harvest.
Even though the devil is roaring and he’s bringing distraction, doubt and confusion, don’t lose sight of what’s really occurring in the spirit. God took me to Joshua 10, when Joshua and the children of Israel were fighting against their enemies. Hail stones began to fall out of the heavens and the bible says that more people died by the hail than the sword. Scripture goes on and says in Joshua 10:12-14,
“On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!”
God is telling us to press on! Prior to the battle, God promised the Israelites victory but it wasn’t necessarily because of them that they received the victory. God released the hail stones. God answered the prayer of Joshua which caused them to utterly destroy their enemies until none was left. The scripture tells us, “Surely, the LORD was fighting for Israel.”
It may not look like you’re advancing but God says to continue to press. Continue to build. Continue to pray. Continue to war. Continue to advance. Press is an action word that means, “Move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). This implies that their will be times when you’re going to have to endure. You’re going to have move pass the emotional, physical and mental fatigue. You may be feeling overwhelmed but that’s not an excuse to withdraw from the battle lines. You’re going to have to press!
However, the good news is that Christ, the lion of the tribe of Judah has triumphed (Revelation 5:5). He has already conquered death and hell. There is none that can compare. His roar is louder. He is more dominant. When he speaks, he speaks with authority and every knee must bow. He has all power in his hands and he has become your defense. He has gone before you and has conquered your enemies. Only thing you have to do is press and rest in the fact that the victory is yours. The lion of the tribe of Judah is roaring on your behalf! He has become our strong tower and in him we can trust, knowing that all thing are working together for our good (Romans 8:28).
Continue to advance. Don’t give up, stay focused on the high calling of God. PRESS ON!