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Bold As The Lion

 

Lions are called the King of Beasts and are noted for their grace and power. They fear no other beasts and walk with confidence and boldness. The Bible speaks of lions in various ways, often referring to the righteous, but not always.

Proverbs 30:29, 30 "There are three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;"

 Proverbs 28:1 " The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as the lion."

 Amos 3:8 "The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?"

A lions roar can be heard by humans up to 9 km or 5.6 miles away. It’s a warning before he goes to hunt in the evening, after a successful hunt, and again in the morning.

Peter said this:

1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."

  It is no wonder Peter said to be vigilant. The devil makes enough noise, "roaring", we should "hear" him coming if we are indeed being vigilant. We’ll understand the way he "hunts and stalks" and won’t be consumed by him. We’ve been forewarned, but how many take the warning seriously and are really prepared?

 As believers we are to fear nothing, because our help comes from Christ who promises to sustain and protect us. We are to have the boldness and confidence that comes through faith and trust in Him. We are not to be afraid.

 Ephesians 3:12 "In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him."

 Psalm 56:3,4 "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me."

Psalm 56:11 "In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me."

 1 John 4:4 "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."

 We are not to fear circumstances, other people, future needs or the anticipation of future calamities, or any other thing. Fear does not come from God; therefore it must be dealt with accordingly.

2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind."

 1 John 4:17,18 "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love."

 Matthew 6:34 "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

 There is only One whom we should fear. There is only One that can sustain us and provide what we need. 

Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

Psalm 25: 12-15 " What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant. Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net."

 Psalm 31:24 " Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord."

 Psalm 34:4 " I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."

Psalm 33:18 " Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy;"

 Psalm 27:1 " The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

Psalm 27:14 " Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."

 Philippians 4:13 " I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Thirst (def.) - a craving for water. Lions must have regular access to water and often take fifteen minutes to quench their thirst. How much more do we need to spend time with God in order to quench "our thirst" and walk with "boldness" and trust in Him? How much more to claim deliverance if we face any fear?

 Psalm 63:1 "O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Psalm 63:5-8 "My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me."

John 6:35 "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."

 And ultimately, each believer can claim the following with boldness and anticipation.

 Rev 7:16,17 "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

And:

Ephesians 6:10,11 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

 Psalm 62:5-8

" My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.

He only is my rock and my salvation:

He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

In God is my salvation and my glory:

the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him:

God is a refuge for us. Se-lah"

 

All scripture quotes from the Authorized King James Version.

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