I had a dream last night where I was being followed by a lion who kept trying to bite my hands. It was a familiar lion and I couldn’t understand why he would do this. His continued aggressiveness meant I had to find a way to cover my hands for protection. I could even feel his bites in the dream. All I could think about was how to keep myself safe from his reach.
We know the Lion of Judah is our Defender and King. We also know it is He who has “trained our hands for war and our fingers for battle” (Ps 144:1) so that we can do exploits for the Kingdom! But, what if there is an imposter on the loose? What if there is a counterfeit lion following us, pretending to be our Defender, when in fact he is a Familiar Spirit trying to distract us and keep us from warring in the spirit?
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” (1 Peter 5:8-10 ESV)
I believe the Lord is revealing that this counterfeit lion is actually a Familiar Spirit that we have let into our lives out of fear. Masking himself as a “good thing” his aim is to handicap us and nullify our spiritual authority through fear.
A Familiar Spirit is an ungodly belief that rules our thoughts and has become such a part of our lives, we embrace it like a part of our “family.” When I asked the Lord what KIND of Familiar Spirit we were dealing with, He said, “SELF-PROTECTION.” Both personally, and even as a nation, we have become so focused on protecting ourselves and preserving our individual rights, we have let the enemy come in and twist those beliefs into something ungodly and even dangerous.
The Lord has promised that HE would be our Shield and Defense. When we trust in Him as our source of safety and peace, we can be assured of victory. But, the devil wants us to focus on PROTECTING OURSELVES. He wants us to get our eyes off of Jesus and wrapped up in fear, preoccupied with ways to keep ourselves safe.
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” (Psalms 119:114 NIV)
We cannot get caught in the trap of self-protection to the degree it robs us of our ability to lift up the sword of the Lord and the shield of FAITH. The enemy wants to immobilize the saints and we must rebuke his presence and build up our faith. Yes, we must use wisdom and demonstrate compassion in following safety protocols and health guidelines out of mutual concern for one another. But, if we still walk in fear and are preoccupied with all the “what if’s,” I can assure you, you’ve been bitten by a counterfeit lion.
Let’s pray for one another and strengthen ourselves in the Lord. Let’s be sure to take our stand against the devil’s attacks and raise high the Word of God which is the King’s Guidelines and Protocols, guaranteed to assure our safety, our victory, and our future posterity.
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PRAYER GUIDES from “Moving From Sword to Scepter”
1. Preparing the Way for Our Nation
2. The Fear of the Lord
3. May God’s Government Be Established on the Earth
4. Establishing God’s People in Heaven’s Authority
5. For Pastoral Leadership in the Nation
6. Oneness of Heart and Mind in the Church
7. Establishing Prayer in the City
8. Securing Our Inheritance with the Scepter
9. Shifting the Spiritual Authority Over Cities
10. Preparing Your City for Transformation
11. Guard, Keep, and Occupy Your City
12. Building a Legacy