Strength in the Lion’s Den

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You’ve been living a surrendered life and you’ve never felt more alive.

Your walk with the Lord seems to be stronger than it has ever been and His presence has overshadowed everything around you. People see a change in you, and it isn’t something you’re trying to do, it is authentic as you are taking on more of His image.

Life is in full swing when suddenly, a trial crashes over you like an ocean wave. It may come in the form of betrayal from someone close, a lie told on you, financial or marital disaster, a loss or threat of loss. You find yourself in the Lion’s Den. This situation is out for your blood and there is literally no visible way out. How could this be happening to someone who is walking rightly?

My sweet Sister, brace yourself for this – count it JOY.

Wait, What?!

I’m being attacked from all sides wrongfully, I might not even make it out of these conditions, I am confused as to why God would even allow this to happen to someone who walks with Him and you are telling me that this is Joy? According to whose dictionary?

Let’s take a look…

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.”

Romans 5:3 (NLT)

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. Romans 8:18 (NLT)

Intense trial serves 3 purposes:

1. Builds endurance.

2. Builds and maintains dependence on God.

3. Trains us and builds our spiritual muscle for this life and the life to come.

As you may be currently in the den, practice the profound art of praising and praying your way through it. In the Old Testament, Job lost EVERYTHING and suffered immensely. Never once did he back out of his position though. He never cursed God and he never left his post as a Believer.

When Daniel was placed in a “one way in and no way out” den with salivating beasts, he didn’t cave in fear and gloom. These people knew who their God was and they trusted His plan regardless of the comfort or convenience in it for them. Even if our world is crumbling, it doesn’t change who God is, He is still worthy of praise in the den!

What we may not realize is that praise confuses the enemy who has launched the attached against you!

“At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves.II Chronicles 20:22 (NLT)

Sister, take a moment right now to wipe your tears. Find a quiet space. Regardless of how bad it is, lift your hands, open your mouth and pour out your prayer and praise to the One who is worthy. Do it regardless of the outcome. Do it to throw dirt in the enemy’s face. Don’t bow to cursing God. Don’t bow to backsliding. Don’t bow to past sins that you’ve been freed from. Don’t bow to doubt. Don’t bow to depression. Don’t bow to giving up. Don’t bow!

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