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It’s Only a Roar
By Joel Osteen - Jun 11, 2021
Anytime we try to move forward, thoughts will come telling us what we can't do, how it's not going to work out, and how the problem is too big. We know what God promised, we believe it in our heart, but doubts start to bombard our mind. The Scripture says, "The enemy goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). The purpose of a lion's roar is to intimidate any opponent, to strike fear and terror, so much so that it will paralyze the other animal. Other animals, such as elephants or hippopotamuses, may be much larger and stronger, but the lion's roar is so powerful, so intimidating, they back down.

In the same way, our enemy loves to roar in our thoughts. He uses intimidation, fear, and doubt to try to paralyze us. Thoughts will come, "You'll never get well. You'll never break the addiction. You don't have the talent to accomplish that dream." How you handle the roar will determine whether or not you reach your destiny. If you believe the lies and let the fear take root, it will keep you from seeing the promise. You have to learn to ignore the roar, to not pay attention to the threats. He goes about "as" a roaring lion--he's not a lion, and he doesn't have any power over you. The only power he has is the power you give him by believing the roar.

You're going to hear the roar. You can't stop the roar, can't pray away the negative thoughts or get so determined that you're never going to feel fear. But you don't have to be intimidated, and you don't have to live worried. The roar is a sign that what God promised is on the way. The enemy wouldn't be roaring if he didn't sense there are great things in your future. He wouldn't be shouting those threats if he didn't know you are a giant killer. He wouldn't be telling you those lies if healing, freedom, and abundance aren't around the corner.

Start ignoring the roar. Quit living worried about your health, your finances, or how you can accomplish that dream. Quit letting the roar dominate your thought life. The battle is taking place in your mind. The enemy is a liar and a bully. He knows if he can control your thoughts, he can control your life. You can't keep him from roaring, but when you recognize his tactics, when you know he goes about as a roaring lion, then you can deal with them properly. You won't let the roar keep you from your purpose. Ignore the roar, keep moving forward, and God will get you to your destiny.
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