In the days of the traveling circus there would usually be a lion tamer who had trained lions and other large dangerous animals. We still see them today in the remaining circus attractions and even in Las Vegas shows. A standard trick would be for the trainer to have one lion open his mouth and he or she would actually put their head into the lion’s mouth to show how well-trained the animal was. Since then, “putting your head in the lion’s mouth” means knowingly and willfully doing something dangerous.
Recently I received a text message from someone attending a Youth Service where the worship leader was leading the group in a song stating that “Satan was vanquished and powerless”.
My immediate thought was as to how dangerous a mindset that was.
For years in traditional church I can remember the songs about Satan being “under my feet” and watching people stomp & jump up and down as if they were crushing a bug. Not only was it a silly sight to behold it was an endangering error being perpetrated on the masses.
Yes, Satan and the other fallen angels were defeated on Calvary. A bloodied wooden Cross was their undoing. However, even though they are defeated they have not submitted. Until the Lord Returns for the final showdown they are roaring lions roaming about looking to devour someone.
The words “roaring” and “devour” clearly indicate action and threat.
The warning to be sober and vigilant clearly indicates that this threat is prevalent and ongoing. And, this was written AFTER the Crucifixion and Resurrection from someone with experiential knowledge.
Oh, I can hear it already from the naysayers and critics – “I’ve not been given a spirit of fear….blah blah blah….” Yeah, I get that and I believe that. But you haven’t been given a spirit of carelessness and recklessness either! If you are carelessly reckless it’s by your own doing or by the bad teaching you’ve heard over the years.
It’s my belief that the reason “teachers” take the position that Satan, his angels and their demons are no threat to you is because they do not want to be responsible for the warfare that comes from taking a stand against them. They are hirelings who run away or ignore the threat at the sign of the wolves and not shepherds who run toward the wolves to protect the flock. (Just my opinion from 22-years of watching people play church)
Satan, his angels, the other fallen Watchers and their demonic offspring are supernatural beings looking to destroy anything made in the image of the One who created them and defeated them.
They are the ultimate terrorists although formally defeated still inflicting casualties and destruction as long as they exist.
Do not foolishly put your head in the lion’s mouth in a spiritual arrogance that sets you and your loved ones up for disaster. If you attend a church where they teach and embrace this philosophy you may want to stop eating their regurgitated Word and start feeding on it for yourself.
The key to victory isn’t arrogance and it’s definitely not ignorance.
Understand that you are in a 24/7 war with the adversaries of Heaven.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Ephesians 6:12-18, New King James Version)
And that Victory starts at the Cross, takes you to an Empty Tomb and empowers you from and Upper Room.
It then comes from personally knowing the One you serve and what is expected of you in His service.
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“ God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:4-10, New King James Version)
Humility, submission and commitment to Him and Him alone is what empowers you in this fallen world. The enemy knows that someone who does that is hidden under His wings and under His covering.
Remember this and the next time you hear someone leading you in a song about stomping the devil listen closely. You will hear the rumble from this throat as he waits patiently in the bushes for the weakest or the oldest of the flock to get separated from the rest in their dangerous carelessness to “devour” them.
By the way, the word devour means to literally tear to pieces.
Do you think Peter was trying to tell us something?
Or, you can keep doing what you are doing.
Let me know how that works our for you!In the Power of His Name, Richard J Grund Director, Solomon’s Porch