Face the Lion
A man woke up screaming after having a terrifying dream. In the dream, a ferocious lion kept chasing him, and he would run away until he was completely exhausted.
Weeks later the man knelt down in prayer. He recalled the dream and when the lion came towards him, instead of running he stood still and faced the lion. Upon reaching the man the lion stopped and the man asked who the lion was. The lion replied, “I am your courage and your strength. Why are you running from me?”
This man represents many believers as they continue to run away from their courage and strength. This is why they don’t move forward in the will and ways of God, and instead, settle in the pews, or worse, do nothing at all.
But the sort of courage and strength represented by the lion isn’t ordinary courage or strength. It is lion-hearted courage, that is, it is divine. It is God-given courage, and it is the courage and strength we long for and need, and yet we run from it.
And the reason we run from it is that it scares us, and that’s because once we accept it, then there are no more excuses. Yet consider the victories that can be won when we stop running and accept what God desires to give to us.
Consider David’s victory over Goliath. David faced this behemoth of a man, who was over 9 feet tall, with only a sling and five stones. Yet, victory was achieved, not because of David’s skill as a warrior, but because of David’s courage and trust was in God.
David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand.” (1 Samuel 17:45-46)
And so, place your trust in God, and He will give you the strength and courage to face your fears, to overcome your doubts, and to be His mighty man and woman of valor.
This Wednesday, March 9th at 6 p.m. Living Waters men’s group will be looking at the story of David and Goliath.
Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West First South, Mesquite, NV., behind ACE Hardware.
Sunday Morning Service is at 10 a.m. The message is entitled, “God’s Cause for Our World.” Sunday Evening at 6 p.m. Pastor Mike Rowden we’ll be looking at 1 Thessalonians 3, with a message entitled, “Suffering for Christ in Affliction.”
Wednesday Evening Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies begins at 6 p.m. The Women’s Bible Study is looking at the letters of John, and the Men’s Bible study is looking at the Life of David.
Our services can be watched live or at a time best suited for your needs on our YouTube Channel “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship,” or on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Living-Waters-Fellowship-Mesquite-Foursquare-Church-323286096181/
Our services can be watched live or at a time best suited for your needs on our YouTube Channel “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship,” or on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Living-Waters-Fellowship-Mesquite-Foursquare-Church-323286096181/.
6 thoughts on “Face the Lion”
Not by our might, but His! What a word of encouragement! Thank you Pastor Dennis😇
The Lord said, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Have a great day and say Hi, Hello, and How are you to the family. Thanks
My experience has been He gives me strength beyond all human understanding when all I want to do is cut and run. Again Pastor Dennis has reminded me of a Biblical Truth at a very timely point in my life.
Wes, I have always like that because the Lord will not leave us or forsake us, to Joshua and then to us He says, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Take care the God bless
This is such an encouragement and a reminder that there is no battle God calls us to that He does not give us the strength for. When we truly remember that the battle is not ours but the Lord’s, and we step out by faith, despite our fears, God gives us His power. He never sends us out into battle without first preparing us. 1 Samuel 17:4, “Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” Zechariah 4:6, “So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts” I also remember the apostle Paul’s admonition to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
And one last thing, and that is the Lord commanded, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Have a great day and God bless