Posted by: peebles | February 10, 2011

2 Samuel 23: 22 (NIV) Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

Benaniah went down into a pit on a snowy day to fight a lion. Before his path was a pit with a roaring lion in it. Benaniah had to go down into the pit to face this challenge in order to progress. Some battles are inevitable, some challenges are unavoidable. As a Christian you will come across battles in your life which are unavoidable; ones that are very difficult to handle, these battles make you feel as if you are in a pit and the roaring lion of the enemy is in there with you fighting against you. But God gives you a way to get out of the pits, to defeat the roaring lions and come through things a stronger man and woman in God.

Imagine if you will that, it is you going down into that pit on a snowy day with your sword in your hand; your hand so cold with the frost, that it feels like its falling off. You are slipping all over the place because of the snow, and there before you is this large angry lion, roaring and snarling at you. You can’t go back, your only way is forward, through the lion.

You face the lion in His strength and you overcome it, with your faith in God, and your sword in your hand. He gives you the victory, from there you come out of the pits and into the blessings.

There are some lions in your life that you must face to progress forward. You cannot let the enemy intimidate you with his roaring and his snarling. You have the sword of the Spirit, the word of God. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Therefore stand firm in the faith, stand tall in Christ Jesus. Furthermore, here is how the enemy is defeated, the Bible says in Revelation 12:11 (KJV) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.

My friend, when you feel as if you are in the pits, when you feel discouraged, when you feel as if nothing is going right for you, when your feeling weary and you can almost feel the breath of the lion breathing down your collar, with his roaring and his snarls ringing in your ears. That is the time to go to God’s word, that is the time to pray, that is the time to encourage yourself in the Lord, to take the sword of the Spirit, the word of God and slay your lion, then come out of the pits a stronger, man and woman for the Lord. When you take the sword of the Spirit and build yourself up in the most holy faith, trusting in God that He will bring you through this battle victoriously, you will find a renewed zeal for the things of God, and a deeper faith in God, trusting in His power to save, and to lift you out of the pits and into the blessings.

The Bible says in Psalm 40:2 (KJV) He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. Moreover the Bible also says in 2 Samuel 22:29-30 (NIV) You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. With my God I can slay every lion, I can defeat every foe, with my God, I can get out of the pits and into the blessings.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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