Running away from victory? The story of the sheep and lion.

Running away from victory? The story of the sheep and lion.

Written by Flower princess

This is a valuable lesson I’m in the process of learning. I believe it would be a great mind opener for you too so it’s good to share.
Have you hear before these little kids stories when small. Some portray a valuable lesson. Today I’ll share one of those stories. I might add in some things because it’s kind of hard to remember a story exactly the way you were told but a story is always a story however you say it. Then I’ll unlock a food for thought…
Once upon a time there was a shepherd that found a stray cub, he took it and decided to grow it with his sheep. This cub was there growing slowly into a lion. But hey, there’s something that didn’t look normal. He grew with lots of love from the shepherd, lived with the sheep’s and started behaving like one. Some time passed and things seemed to change. The sheep’s while eating grass in the field used to panic all of a sudden and rush back to their shelter. He used to follow them without knowing the cause. One day he thought “Why are all these fellow sheep running away, let me go see”. He went up front and saw it was because of a tiny, to him, looking creature; a wolf. In a twinkle of an eye his lion instincts awakened “Is this causing all these?” said in his heart and suddenly he started roaring. Yes, a mighty lion! The wolf of course couldn’t stand him and run away.Victory! Wow this was so easy, isn’t it?
This who we are. Through Jesus Christ we have been given power over the devil. We have to realize that. Let’s look at the story of David to add to this. We are going to read from the book of 1st Samuel  17:1-26 (ESV) pay special attention to the last words of David in verse 26.

1 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. 3 And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. 4 And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six[a] cubits[b]and a span. 5 He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels[c] of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7 The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam, and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. And his shield-bearer went before him. 8 He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
12 Now David was the son of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years.[d] 13 The three oldest sons of Jesse had followed Saul to the battle. And the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 14 David was the youngest. The three eldest followed Saul, 15 but David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem. 16 For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.
17 And Jesse said to David his son, “Take for your brothers an ephah[e] of this parched grain, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers. 18 Also take these ten cheeses to the commander of their thousand. See if your brothers are well, and bring some token from them.”
19 Now Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. 20 And David rose early in the morning and left the sheep with a keeper and took the provisions and went, as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the encampment as the host was going out to the battle line, shouting the war cry. 21 And Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. 22 And David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage and ran to the ranks and went and greeted his brothers. 23 As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.
24 All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were much afraid. 25 And the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel. And the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father's house free in Israel.” 26 And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

Can you see the lion awakening in him? The spirit of the living God enforcing him with supernatural power to crush down the enemy and do what was said impossible? You can read on that chapter to see David’s victory through God.
That’s my great lesson .At times when I see others giving up on things I’m struggling to do I think in the manner of…”If they can’t do it why should I even try? It’s just impossible.” A loser without even trying …Do you see yourself in my words? May God deliver us both!   
       So now where’s the point? The point is don’t lose before the battle, try hard and then trust not in yourself but in God who never fails. If he wills he can do some miraculous thing through you and what you thought impossible or unattainable will happen right in front of your eyes! Of course there is a preparation one has to make (which we might discuss in another topic) before even thinking of trying what you are afraid of. But in short I learned to not allow the fiery thoughts to stop me from taking the plunge, of course we are all human beings no one can be totally fearless but with God’s help we can all improve and do better. Finally when you get that victory, if God permitted you to do so, give him the glory and thanks because people will praise you for the accomplishment. But we  both know who did it :) Let me know if this article was of help and you enjoyed it. I would be happy to. If you didn’t get the victory then stay calm God may be taking you to another direction better than yours.

To God be all the Glory and Honour,
Flower princess.
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