Lion in a cage

There is a lion in your life. Whether you know it or not, He wants you to give Him voice. He wants to roar. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

The word Judah means praise.

There are two things that are essential to your own spiritual renewal or revival. One is prayer. No revival has ever occurred without it. The very first outpouring of the Holy Spirit came during a time of intense prayer on the day of Pentecost.

The other is a lifestyle of worship and praise. This was never meant to be about just singing a few songs on Sunday. This is about being in touch with, and intimately knowing and loving God daily, in all circumstances. This is the type of devotion that will bring real spiritual change to your life.

And personal change is a prerequisite to regional revival.

Each believer must bring the presence of God with them into corporate worship. The power of this type of praise will rend the heavens and change the atmosphere of whole cities. The power of God will manifest in miraculous ways. The Lion of Judah will roar.

While all of this is true, it is not a given. God does not force us into relationship with Him.

Sometimes we pray every day, go to church and ‘worship’, maybe several times a week.

But we keep the lion in a cage.

Other times, He may get out for a while, or we might even let Him out, only to think He’s getting a little ‘out of control’.

Back in the cage He goes!

Let’s get serious about this.

We have to open the door to the cage, and let the Lion out.

Then we need to throw away the key.

Let the Lion of Judah Roar!

 

 

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Options

It’s proverbial, even legendary. It’s a fact of life. It’s the dreaded fork in the road. Sometimes known, in post-modern parlance, as ‘exploring your options’.

What you usually mean in a situation like this is “oh crap! now what?”

Yes, life is full of decisions. Sometimes, or more often than not, these choices don’t present themselves at the most convenient or desirable times. You might be sailing along quite nicely, and suddenly, there it is! Much of the time, all possible courses of action seem fraught with some sort of danger. You deliberate, you reason, you debate with yourself, but you can’t decide.

You find yourself standing there at the fork, paralyzed, unable to move. Push comes to shove, and knee-jerk reactions kick in, and before you know it you’ve made your choice based on fear, or a variety of other emotional responses, and that’s rarely a good thing.

So far, we’ve been looking at this purely from an empirical point of view, as so many of us, unfortunately do.

What are your options?

If you are a believer, you know you do not have to make a decision on your own.

But how many times do we act as if we did, with less than desirable results?

Most important in all of this, and the first question that we need to address in these situations is this; What is Gods’ will?

How many times do we proceed without really seeking His guidance? All other considerations, and personal preferences are truly secondary.

Facing a ‘fork in the road’? Seek Gods’ direction first, then choose.