Summary: To strengthen the Christian life when confronted with the Devil
THE LION IS OUT OF HIS THICKET!
(Jer 4:5 KJV) "Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities."
(Jer 4:6 KJV) "Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction."
(Jer 4:7 KJV) "The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant."
(1 Pet 5:8 KJV) "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
In the text the lion has reference to Nebuchadnezzeer. But in 1 Peter 5:8 Peter likens the devil to a lion also, and he is no longer hiding.
INTRODUCTION: There is a terrorist loose and attacking every person alive. He will show no mercy toward any person regardless of creed, color, or culture. He is wicked and extremely dangerous. We must be on the alert for any and all attacks that may come our way. There will be no warning of his coming attack. There is only one safeguard against his merciless attacks.
The Bible describes this terrorist as a Lion Out Of His Thicket!
I want to explain where he has already attacked the American people.
I. HE HAS ATTACKED THE WORD OF GOD!
This is not a recent attack. It started in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis three, Satan told Eve that God did not really say they would die if they ate of the forbidden fruit. He changed the Word of God to fit his plan. He has been doing that ever since then.
A. Satan’s Ultimate Goal Is To Change Himself Into The Almighty. (Isa 14:12) "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!"
(Isa 14:13) "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:"
(Isa 14:14) "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."
(Isa 14:15) "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
This one mention of the name “Lucifer” is the only time it is mentioned in the entire Word of God. The NIV has taken “Lucifer” out completely. There is a design behind that mind set.
Satan’s effort has always been to exalt himself above God. He has attempted that by attacking the Word of God. The only authority man has from God is the Word of God. If that can be changed to transfer authority from God to Satan then Satan will have accomplished his goal. The effort to accomplish this will be through the attacks on the Word of God.
The NIV has become the best tool for accomplishing this. If some of the Baptist leaders in this country heard me make this statement they would immediately declare me as being the #1 enemy to Christianity and the Word of God in America. However, what I am about to say is authenticated in the very pages they hold so dear – the NIV.