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Delivered out of the mouth of the lion

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Everyone hopes and expects to improve in life. No one wants things to go down and continue to move from bad to worse and finally get to the worst.

Report by Pastor Erasmus Makarimayi

A healthy person doesn’t desire illness; neither does a sick person want to die. You don’t want your financial income to go down or to be demoted at work, or worse still to be fired.

However, life does not always offer you what you want. Things can fall apart or as they say; all hell can break loose. There are times dear reader when all that can go wrong, goes wrong.

People borrow and some steal to keep up standards. Unfortunately we have seen and heard people committing suicide after failing to settle debts.

Either by hook or crook, some make sure their lives won’t go from bad to worse; you know those who borrow from Peter to pay John! For those of you that are Christians and really trust in God, you don’t have to use unscrupulous means to remain afloat. God can test your faith and He can allow things to go really bad to teach you to trust Him.

After leading a remarkable life of faith full of persecution which included beatings and imprisonment, among a host of hardships, in his last letter, Paul makes this statement in 2 Timothy 4:16-17: “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.” In this presentation I shall dwell on the last part where Paul talks of being delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

The terrain of Paul’s ministry resembled living in a forest full of lions. He says he was delivered from the mouth of the lion.

Understand this; he was not delivered from the forest, but from the mouth.

How many of you have cried and screamed at the top of your voices after being chased by lions?  The years I have been in counselling I have seen people falling down, backsliding and giving up the faith just because the lion roared. Brothers and sisters, Paul was rescued from the mouth, not the jungle. Stop crying, the lion hasn’t even started chewing you, it is only salivating at the prospect of you being a nice dish for its supper.

Some of you pray in fear that God may keep the devil bound. Before the end of time the devil will always be there.

The Bible gives accounts of people that had to wait 12 years to have the issue of blood resolved and as much as 38 years to be healed.

Your issue is only five or 10 years old and you are making the loudest noise! Keep your mouth shut and trust the Lord!

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were prepared to let go of their logic and trusted God and were thrown into the furnace, but emerged unscathed. God delivered them and they came out with more faith.

Daniel’s prayer was not to be kept safe away from the lion’s den. He trusted in the Lord that has power to create and raise the dead to life. Even when the worst comes to the worst, God can still rescue and deliver you.

Some of you have to let go of what you are holding on to in order to experience the will of God. Allow God to start with you from scratch. Don’t delay fulfillment of your purpose and the unfolding of God’s plan in your life. Let go of that married man, those charms or whatever satanic support system and back-up service.

If God lets you get into the mouth of the lion, don’t resist. You will be delaying yourself and you will never enjoy the testimony.

If they fire you, don’t get reinstatement through the back door by sleeping with the boss or getting useless stones and water from a false prophet.

Maybe your issue is barrenness. If you are not yet 75 years old, hang on. Some of you are not even 40 years old and have concluded that God can’t provide a husband and are looking for someone to impregnate you fearing you will die without a child.

Whatever satanic crutches you have been using to walk with, throw them away and let God pick you up. God’s power is beyond your comprehension. Don’t spoil the party, let Him deliver you out of the mouth of the lion. You are going somewhere.

All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.

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