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Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. ( I Sam 17:36)
Whether you know it or not, you have a Lion and a Bear waiting for you. In a battle, it is important to identify and name your opponent. The Bible calls Jesus, the Lion of Judah and as children of God, we are Lion cubs, growing and getting groomed for battle. When I think of a Lion, it reminds me of the cowardly lion of the Wizard of Oz.
The poor sap had a problem with fear but at the end, a medal was given to the Lion by the Wizard of Oz to instill in him courage. We have more than that--The Bible says we are more than a conqueror. We have no reason to fear. So, what is the Lion in our lives? Satan! He comes in as a roaring lion, but guess what? He has been defeated and has no teeth. (Ps 3:7)
When we take our place in Christ, there is a roar. It reminds me of the Three Stooges when two of them masqueraded as a fake bull. When the real bull came in view, they left their costume and headed for the hills. The same with us as we take our place in Christ. All fear and unbelief is gone with our roar!
What is the Bear?
IDENTIFYING THE BEAR!
Let's identify the Bear. The interesting part of I Sam 17:36 is the word slew. Slew means to kill. A wild beast like the Lion or Bear that is wounded can be dangerous. That is why many of you have seen your situation go from bad to worse. You have to slay those wild beasts.
In fact, as you read I Samuel 17:34-36, you find that David was no wimp. He was a tough guy who grabbed those beasts by the beard and beat them to death. We have to do the same with our spiritual enemies. Show them no mercy.
Let's take a look at the bear. The bear represents finances. Two things I have to state my case. First, in the stock market, there is what is known as the Bear Market. The Bear Market is when it is tough to make a profit and the stocks are unsteady. Have you ever heard of the saying---That is a bear of a problem?
The reason why many have problems in the financial realm is that it is a Bear that is facing them. We need to be like David---Confront the problem and nip it at the bud. The first place we need to start is in our minds. We need to see ourselves victorious. We need to renew our minds.
Our debts and finances are talking to us day and nights. Many are staying awake thinking how are we going to pay this bill! We need to talk back to our debts and financial oppression.
In fact, we should gather our bills together on our table and converse with them on a daily basis.
Learn to laugh at your problems. You are in covenant with God and if you are tithing and giving offerings, your enemies are God's enemies. In fact, he's laughing at them right now in heaven. (PS 2) Have a good laugh. Its good for you and see yourself in victory.
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