Chased by The Lion or Tamed The Lion Tamer
"Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times...
"It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith.The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does." 1 Peter 5:8-11 (MSG)
My brothers and sisters, let's take a moment to honestly examine ourselves...mind, body and spirit. Have you had a heart attack (hurts from your past that have damaged your heart)? Do you struggle with dysfunctional habits, (attempts to heal that heart attack through destructive means)? Do you have hang-ups, (complaining, being critical of others, doubting or rebellion)? These attitudes, beliefs, thoughts and behaviors form because the heart attack blocked your arteries of love, gratitude, forgiveness and faith. You are a "dead man walking, a ticking time-bomb"
Beware, Satan wants to use our pains and struggles to suck the life out of us; such that we will be of no good to ourselves, our family, our community and most importantly, of no use to the building of the kingdom of God. He wants us to be filled with anger, self-pity, guilt and shame. To be overcome by depression, anxiety, grieve and loneliness. He wants us to turn to unnecessary shopping, alcohol, drugs, food, smoking...all of which destroy body, relationships and the mind. Satan wants to render you helpless, hopeless, isolated, exhausted and dependent on everything and everyone but God. This is a deceptive tactic that impacts your mind, soul/will, body and your spirit.
Are you out of balance in either of those areas? If so, there is help and hope in Jesus Christ. I challenge you to commit yourself to God, maximize your potential, fulfill your God-given purpose, and let God lead you to a life that makes Him smile as you live by the Spirit and not your flesh. I encourage you to commit to others and choose to sacrifice self-centered desires for the good of others.
God is waiting to bring forth your healing, recovery, deliverance and restoration. No more secret silent suffering. Look to God your Untimate Lion Tamer!
Sister Jackie Smith, Director Lion Tamers Dependency Recovery Program
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This Month's Scripture Reading
Lamentations 3:22-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.