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The Ultimate Untamed Lion

Have you ever had the misfortune of stumbling across a documentary about animal attacks?  Hearing the gruesome stories and viewing the horrifying photo footage can make even the strongest stomach turn.  There’s even a new show dedicated to the fatal attacks by “pets” humans keep.  These animals range from tigers to monitor lizards, chimpanzees to snakes.  We’ve all heard about animals escaping confinement in zoos, terrifying and occasionally attacking visiting patrons.

People who are not directly interacting with animals have even found themselves suddenly face to face with predators.  Floridians often encounter alligators in swamps, ponds, or occasionally their yards.  Hikers have been mauled to death by bears and mountain lions. Friends of ours were camping at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya and were startled by the all-night roaring of lions. As I was writing this, I was curious:  Is it possible to prevent being eaten by five hundred pound animal?  One website  offers the following steps to avoid a mountain lion attack.  (http://www.ehow.com/how_5013584_avoid-mountain-lion-attack.html?ref=Track2&utm_source=ask)

Step 1 – Be prepared for uncertainty. Have fun and enjoy yourself but always remain alert for danger. Check with park rangers about whether there have been any recent mountain lion sightings locally. Carry a walking stick that can double as a defensive weapon. Hike on popular well-known trails.

Step 2 – Carry a fully charged cell phone or portable GPS device. Notify a friend or family member about your plans and when you expect to return.

 Step 3 – Do not hike at dusk or dawn when mountain lions are most active. Avoid hiking alone. Groups offer greater deterrent against attack.

Step 4 – If you have medium or large dogs bring them along. They probably need the exercise and it’s an excellent chance to spend time together. More than a few families have been saved from a mountain lion attack by the loyal family dog. A mountain lion is likely to avoid a group that includes a large dog or two.

Step 5 – Mountain lion’s acute natural senses likely have detected you long before you’ve detected him. Do not run. Do not crouch. Hold your ground and act unafraid. Without taking your eyes away from the mountain lion gradually back away from the mountain lion. Report the confrontation to authorities as soon as possible.

Step 6 – Should the mountain lion begin acting aggressively than make yourself look and sound as intimidating as possible. The mountain lion may bypass you if it perceives you to be a threat rather than prey. Flap your arms. Scream at the mountain lion. If wearing a coat use it to make yourself appear larger since studies have shown mountain lions less likely to attack larger animals.

 Step 7 – If you’re unfortunately attacked by a mountain lion then do not play dead! Fighting back fiercely with whatever means available including your hands and feet may cause the mountain lion to reconsider and retreat. When hitting the mountain lion aim for it’s eyes and snout. It’s typical method of attack involves using it’s weight and powerful jaws to deliver a fatal bite to the victim’s neck.

 While most of us won’t have a close encounter with a member of the wild kingdom, many believers simply walk around as if we have no threat.  This can be a fatal error.  No we won’t often need bear spray or a shark cage, but some attacks are more vicious than teeth and claws.  The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 (New International Version):

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Satan.  The ruler of this world wants your soul.  He will try anything.  There are no rules. Nothing he won’t do.  No lie he won’t tell to entice, envelop, and entrap you.   So much of the Bible is eloquent, but one amazing parallel is made between the lion and the devil.  The above instructions for how to avoid a mountain lion attack are easily transferable.  One might call it: How to avoid an Attack by the Ultimate Untamed Lion.  It might read like this:

Step 1 – Be prepared for uncertainty. Have fun and enjoy yourself but always remain alert for danger.  Regularly consult scripture as a defensive weapon. Don’t venture into territory that belongs to the Enemy.  Stay along paths of righteousness.

Step 2 – Always use your first line of communication: prayer.  Notify a friend or family member about what’s going on in your life and seek godly wisdom about uncertain situations.

 Step 3 –  Avoid walking through life alone. Groups offer greater deterrent against attack.  Being involved with mature believers provides reinforcement, defensive tactics, and accountability.

Step 4 – Satan’s acute natural senses likely have detected you long before you’ve detected him. Do not run toward his temptations.  Run to Jesus, instead. Do not crouch, Jesus is already victorious. Put on the Armour of God to deflect an onslaught. Hold your ground and do not be afraid. Without taking your eyes off of Jesus forcefully back away from the Enemy. If the attack becomes too much to handle seek godly counsel as soon as possible.

Step 5 – Should the Enemy begin acting aggressively, openly and out loud rebuke him.  He may bypass you if he perceives you to be fully reliant upon Christ on a moment to moment basis. However, never forget that he will return at a point of vulnerability or in times of spiritual growth.

 Step 6 – If you’re unfortunately attacked by the Enemy then do not play dead! Fighting back fiercely with Scripture, prayer, and the support of other believers will cause the Enemy to reconsider and retreat. When hitting the Enemy aim for his eyes and snout, namely the fact that Jesus paid the price and the you are redeemed! His typical method of attack involves using his carefully crafted manipulations and powerful lies to deliver a fatal bite to the victim soul. 

 It is incredibly disheartening to see so many people fall to the devil’s attacks.  But, the fact is that a blow from Satan doesn’t simply happen overnight.  It’s series of small choices that slowly, yet steadily drift away from safety, Christ.  No mistake: We. Are. Under attack!!  Satan isn’t some cutesy cartoon dressed in a red costume with horns.  He can masquerade as the most enticing situation.  He can even use people and situations that seem positive, but without proper prevention and awareness can catch us completely off guard. We MUST have a God-sized radar to detect the enemy and eradicate any ploys he may attempt to utilize. 

Without doing so, our next move could be a fatal attack.

Don’t underestimate him. 

Praise God Jesus has already defeated him, but we have to cling to Christ if we ever have a hope of making it in the Enemy’s domain.

More to come….

  1. Judy
    April 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    So TRUE! You are a very good writer!

    • Order in the Quart!
      April 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks Aunt Judy, I really love to write 🙂

  2. Karenda
    April 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    “The man [or woman] who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens.” (A.W. Tozer)

    Often times I find this quote by A.W. Tozer to be true when it comes to majority of believers, especially with topics like this one. Its far easier to claim the title of “Christian” then it is to live Biblically:(

    • Order in the Quart!
      April 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

      How profound! I can’t tell you how often people incinuate my doomsday view of things, but they don’t get it at all! The message of the Bible is a message of hope, power, and forgiveness, but ONLY when we live for Christ and forsake ourselves. This is action that seems too much for many “Christians.” Its easier to either be spoon-fed from anything that sweetens their appetite for their idea of “good news,” than go deeper and search for the living water. Its less offensive to live under the radar than be a beacon of hope for the world. How unfulfilling, how utterly dull and void of divine calling….

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