The Devouring Lion, Pt. 3

How can Christians overcome the devourer? Let’s look at a few Scriptural ways:

Malachi 3:8-11… “‘Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,’ Says the LORD of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,’ Says the LORD of hosts” (NKJV). The book of Malachi deals with robbing God. It is more than just the tithe. Malachi deals with Israel robbing God of honor, of robbing God of pure sacrificial offerings, of offering God polluted bread, of weariness in assembling together. In other words they were hypocritical in everything–in worship, in service, in obedience. Even the priests were hypocritical. There was failure in marriages, and they were dealing treacherously in their temple services. God tells them that their words were stout against the Lord. God tells them in Malachi 3:6, “I am the LORD, I change not” (KJV). God will rebuke the devourer and deliver the people when their obedience is seen by the Lord. The New Testament teaches that the devil has been rebuked. Jesus has broken his power. Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:6 teaches that you can revenge all disobedience (everything that devours) when your obedience is fulfilled.

1 Samuel 17:37… “David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee” (KJV). Positive faith will deliver you out of the devourer. David was not afraid to face the devil. Goliath was a “shock soldier.” The devil puts things in front of people to shock them into fear, into doing nothing. If you are a Christian you will have challenges in life. You must face those challenges. Otherwise, they will paralyze you.

2 Samuel 23:20… “And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow” (KJV)These were part of David’s valiant men. “Benaiah” means “built up by God.” God will build up your faith and courage if you let Him. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 teaches that God does not give His people the spirit of fear (timidity), but He gives power, love, and a sound mind. A sound mind is one that has a good grip on gospel truths and the knowledge on how to use them. “Jehoiada” means “God knows and is known.” When a person knows God in relationship, he or she will be built up. “Kabzeel” means “gathered by God.” God will especially choose men who are faithful. Faithfulness will destroy the devourer.

Psalm 91:13-15… “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him” (KJV). This happens when you abide in the Lord. Jesus teaches about abiding in John 15. Jesus teaches in Luke 10:17-20 about giving you power to tread on the devil and on all the power of the devil. Nothing can by any means hurt you. It doesn’t matter what tactic the devil uses against you. He can be defeated.

2 Timothy 4:17-18… “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (KJV)The Lord did it. The Lord stood by Paul and he will stand by you. Saints, get it into your spirit… The Lord stands by His people.

James 4:7… teaches you to submit to God and resist the devil, and the devil flees from you…

1 Peter 5:7-8… teaches you to cast all your care upon the Lord. Be sober (i.e., get a good grip on yourself and master the things that come against you).

Listen to one another. Be humble. Resist the devil who seeks to make you his lunch. Resist and remain steadfast in the faith, not doubt or fear.

Pastor George Belobaba

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