“But the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).
Satan brings fear which is his wicked tool and to overcome this God has given us a powerful tool which is boldness. Satan always extends spurious threatening to people. He makes them fear and when they tremble in fear he overcomes them easily.
At the same time, when the children of God oppose him saying ‘God is with me. I am not scared of the devil”, he runs away.
Another name for satan is ‘one who walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.’ When said that he may devour or swallow, we can understand that satan has no teeth to chew. God has broken and thrown out all his teeth in the Cross of Calvary.
The lions which have no teeth and the aged ones used to play a trick in catching their prey. They will stay in a cave and begin to roar soundly. The poor animals will not know from where the lion roars and will run into the cave to hide thus making the job easier for the cunning lions.
I have heard from many people who are under strangling of evil spirits saying that they were afraid. They will be saying ‘I was walking alone in the night and all of a sudden I heard the sound of the anklets. Suddenly the smell of jasmine filled the place. Suddenly I heard a bull sighing deeply. All of a sudden I felt that some heavy object was falling in front of me. I was frightened. The fever came and satan caught hold of me’ and so on.
But those who feel God’s presence and those who believe that God is always with them will be bold in any situation. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5, 6).
We are God’s people and why should we fear when God is with us? He has inscribed you on the palms of His hands. He has surrounded you with a wall of fire. He has placed the flaming swords to protect us. He keeps you as the apple of your eye with his thousand and ten thousand angels. Not even a single hair falls from the head without His will.
So, do not look at satan who frightens you but look at the Almighty who stays with you. “The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear and let Him be your dread” (Isaiah 8:13). “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7) God says again and again “Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed” (I Chronicle 22:13).
To meditate: “I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).