We all know the fable about the Lion & the Mouse. I have a different “story” to share for you, today. The Lord just opened my eyes to this during this week of St Patrick’s Day. Did you know that Saint Patrick is traditionally illustrated with having a SERPENT under his foot? Apparently, he drove all the serpents off of the island of Ireland.
I’ve mentioned that God calls Fear by the name, “Python”.
God spoke more to me about Fear right near St Patrick’s Day. How fitting!
The March 18th, 2021 edition of Our Daily Bread is entitled “Small Yet Mighty”. It talks about a small creature called the Grasshopper Mouse. It HOWLS at the moon to establish its territory.
This unique rodent (dubbed the “Werewolf mouse”) is also carnivorous. In fact, it preys on creatures few would dare mess with, such as the SCORPION. But the Werewolf Mouse is uniquely equipped for that particular battle. It not only has the resistance to scorpion venom but can even convert the toxins into a PAIN KILLER!MONICA LA ROSE, OUR DAILY BREAD MARCH 18, 2021
Wow, this devotional spoke so much to me that pertains to our battle against Fear during the Reign of Coronavirus. In my mind, I see this little mouse howling at the moon, battling with scorpions with a silver sword in his hand (like the Mouse King in The Nutcracker). He has been particularly equipped for this battle. Even though the rest of the world might look at how little the mouse is and scoff and laugh at how ridiculous he is howling at the moon, he is IMMUNE to the poison of scorpions, which humans aren’t!, and can actually covert the its toxins into a pain killer!
If Coronavirus is a reign of Terror, metaphorically named “Python”, then there are lots of toxins leaking out of his “fangs”, right now in the world. Pythons don’t have venom, but it’s counterpart in the Bible is Cobra; and Cobras definitely have venom. I mentioned that God calls Fear metaphorically by the name, “Python” but He seems to be adding the name “Cobra”, now, which is mentioned in Psalm 91. Whereas Pythons squeeze the breath out to kill, the venom of Cobra paralyzes the BREATHING system of its victims.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.“
Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honour him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”Psalm 91
I have been looking at Psalm 91 all during the Covid-19 pandemic, like many others.. Today, I would say that this entire Psalm is about fighting Terror and maybe specifically about fighting terror during plague. Plague was a big feature of life during biblical times. The verse about treading and trampling the cobra, serpent is about having authority over the demonic:
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.Luke 10:19
If we have authority to trample on scorpions, we really “are” the “Werewolf Mouse” 🙂 . I note that scorpions also paralyze the nervous system which paralyzes breathing.
Just as I wrote about Fear being described by the metaphor, “Python”, here, again is the idea of squeezing out our breaths by using the metaphor of Cobra as found in Psalm 91, which gives me more insight into what the Spirit of Fear is . A Cobra’s venom paralyzes the lungs from breathing, which is a nature illustrating a spiritual phenomena where the attack of Fear paralyzes the work of the Holy Spirit (metaphorically called the “Breath of life, in our life”). Fear paralyzes as we can’t do anything apart from Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is characterized by breath because air is immaterial and it freely travels and enters space.. If your breathing apparatus is clamped down due to paralysis, Holy Spirit can not enter in. If the “breath of life” cannot “enter you”, you’re not living anymore. You’re dead spiritually. Fear can literally paralyze as in the phrase, “She was paralyzed by Fear”. We’re looking at the spiritual counterpart of this as emotional, psychological Fear paralyzes the work of the Holy Spirit from entering our Spirits.
If our breathing apparatus is bound (Python) or paralyzed (Cobra), it can’t allow in the Breath of Life needed to accomplish God’s Will. See the story of the Dry Bones in Ezekial 37 about what the Breath of Life does to the Dry Bones.
Wow, if we look at the Werewolf Mouse, it says that we can take all that deadly Fear and convert it to painkillers. Painkillers numb our pain. There is a lot of pain going on. How can we overcome Fear and use this time of Covid to treat people’s pain, with the knowledge of how we overcame Fear? The answer is through our Testimony: “They overcame the enemy by the blood of the lamb and by the Word of their Testimony” (Revelations 12). Perfect Love casts out Fear (1 John 4:18) so as we learn about and become confident of God’s Perfect Love for us, such that we are fully surrendered to him regardless of what happens to us during Covid, we are obliged to share this courage around, to deliver people out of their captivity to Fear.
Surrounded,… by what?
As the lyrics of the song, “Surrounded” say: “It may look like I’m surrounded [by Covid], but I’m surrounded by You!” We are surrounded, just like the little mouse is “engulfed” by the big world around him but he doesn’t see it that way, though. He’s been equipped with supernatural powers to win this battle. He is immune to Covid and he turns his Fears of it into medicine to heal others. He howls and overcomes the sting of the Scorpion and the Cobra that threatens to paralyze the work of the Holy Spirit in him! He puts Python under his feet, as he is immune to the paralyzing effects of Fear. because he is surrounded by the Army Angels led by the Holy Spirit.
The angel of the LORD encamps [surrounds] around those who fear him [and not Coronavirus!], and he delivers them.Psalm 34:7
My eyes have been opened to how many verses promise things only to those who FEAR the Lord. During the Age of Coronavirus, that means fearing the Lord, over the virus. I think people think they are fearing the Lord over the virus but if you’re running around trying to exert control over every little thing, this is not fearing the Lord over the virus. It’s the opposite. Fearing the lord more than the virus means doing the opposite of what fearing the virus requires. I’m not advocating civil disobedience. Socially-distancing and wearing masks is inconvenient but it’s not worth ruining our witness to the world for. I’m talking about all the freedoms we are denying ourselves out of fear, that are still within local restrictions. I’m talking about surrendering completely to God that whatever happens is His sovereign and we trust him about it and therefore we are no longer afraid. This is peace that overcomes every fear, —even fear of Death.
An attack of Fear
So, I’ve been mentioning that I believe Coronavirus is primarily an attack of Fear and not a health attack. Not all will fall seriously ill with Covid, but ALL are being terrorized by it! How can I prove this is true? Well, I can’t prove anything as spiritual things are discerned by the Spirit and must be received by Faith before they are empowered by the power of the Holy. Spirit to do “good works”,–meaning miraculous works.
I did see one interesting thing and I believe it is true. If something lays hold of our collective psyche, like legends, myths, fairytales, pop culture, wide-spread thought, I always have to ask myself, “Why is this happening, or why did this take hold of our collective consciousness?” You see, satan cannot create new things. He can only pervert things God has already created. So, within everything on earth, is some nugget of spiritual truth, even if it is a perverted truth, I like to look up what the historical, mythical, iconic, Biblical, spiritual, literature-based etc. properties of something may be and sometimes this informs me what is the spiritual truth or what happening in the spiritual realms.
So, there is this wild conspiracy theory going around that 5G Towers are spreading Coronavirus. Some people are so filled with fear that they have tipped into the delusional state. 5g Towers (needed for telecommunication and Internet) CANNOT spread viruses. Well,—IF Covid is mainly an attack of FEAR, then the 5g Towers ARE spreading Covid, then! 5G Towers provide high speed Internet and the Fear that is circulating around the world is fed by every little stat, every little piece of information about Covid that is being SPREAD through the Internet, or 5G Towers if they’re in place… I don’t know if it is a coincidence of what, but our local internet company spent time this summer ripping up my lawn to lay down fibre lines for 5G Internet. Maybe I don’t need high-speed Internet, thank you. It’s feeding my Fears about Covid, through Social Media and the Internet.
Does this conspiracy theory prove my point that Covid-19 is primarily an attack of Fear?
The God of Peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.Romans 16:20
Conspiracy Theories give fearful people a false sense of personal power
I saw another thing: The world is talking about vaccination passports to travel through the EU, to go into China, and to eat in restaurants in Canada! Will I be excluded from teaching in a school or worshipping in a church if I don’t show my vaccination passport? If so, then, the “vaccines” DO contain a “microchip to track our whereabouts”, as the conspiracy theory says. The microchips are not in our blood stream from the vaccination, though. It’s in a paper passport that we get IF we get vaccinated… Are you not afraid that this is not another “Holocaust in the making”? — “Where are your identity papers?” See how satan takes a truth and perverts it. He cannot create new things on his own. He can only pervert what God has already created–a truth or an existing thing in the world. Satan is a liar. He needs truths before he can lie about them.
and the Lion
We all know this Bible verse:
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devourI Peter 5:8
God gave me insight as to why the enemy is called a Lion. I’ve known for ages that he is described as a lion but never gave much thought as to why? I also know that Jesus is known as the Lion of Judah, so I found this rather contradictory. How can both Jesus and the enemy be described as a lion?
I believe God gave me insight as to why, last night. Lions roar to PARALYZE their prey through intense Fear. Lions also establish their territory by roaring and terrifying the entire jungle.
So, God exhorts us in 1 Peter 5:8 to be ALERT and aware that the lion who paralyzes people through FEAR is on the prowl . Indeed, during Covid, Fear is just everywhere. I feel like I’m living in some weird sci-fi movie where the world suddenly “feels different” overnight. Everybody has been body-snatched by the Spirit of Fear, Terror, and Control. Do NOT let the enemy’s roar paralyze you into Fear. LOOK instead to the LION OF JUDAH who PARALYZES the ENEMY with his roar!
We may look like the Werewolf Mouse howling at the moon, like little mice with swords the size of toothpicks, and our roar is this little squeak in the big universe but the Lion of Judah sits behind us and his roar makes up for all our weaknesses.
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.Luke 10:19
Do not Fear. God commands us, all through scripture to NOT FEAR.
Against the Flow
Last night, I was doing exercises for my Freedom Sessions, offered in-person through my church. As I was filling in the blanks, I was struck by the meaning as it pertained to the attack of Fear on our minds:
Conformity refers to the NATUAL and inevitable effect of how my environment and societal influences shape or “fashion” me to live my life. Conformity happens by default. If I do nothing to counter the values and messages of my culture, I will adopt them and live my life ACCORDINGLY. “To conform to a sick society is to become sick.”–Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline. The most common way to avoid conforming is to resist. The most SUCCESSFUL way to avoid conforming is to be transformed —to consciously and consistently walk in a direction opposite to the pattern of this world. Transformation begins in the mind…when I begin to embrace the values both God and I want to shape me (BOLD are mine).Freedom Sessions, Ken Dyck
Doing the Opposite of what is “Natural” during Covid
If Covid is primarily an attack of Fear, how do you battle fear then? Well, you do the OPPOSITE of what the Fear is telling you to do. You DON’T cave into your fears. If you do, your fears just get more entrenched and grow worse. If you read my blogpost Uncovering Fear, I trace the trajectory of King Saul as he moves from anxiety to fear, to paranoia, to delusions, to schizophrenia… You DON’T want to go with the flow in the direction where FEAR takes you! I can see the whole world suffering from trauma in a few months, if not already. Trauma is a perfect breeding ground for paranoia to lay hold. If the world world becomes collectively paranoid of the simplest things next year, will it no longer be considered paranoia and a mental health issue? It will be “normal” then, but God won’t consider it normal. We will have successfully conformed the world and to the thinking of the ENEMY.
Let me rephrase the quote from above, “To conform to a FEARFUL society is to become sick with FEAR”. We are literally sick with Fear. If Covid is primary a spiritual attack, then fearing it actually opens the gate for the virus to seriously sicken us. This is because whatever we fear has mastery over us. We’ve hand our authority over to whatever we fear. It becomes our Master and we, its Slave. If Covid is primarily a spiritual attack of Fear, then fearing it actually makes us vulnerable to being sickened by it.
DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT FEARS ASKS YOU TO DO, if you want to conquer Fear during Covid:
- Don’t obsess about hand-sanitizing. Believe that God is keeping you safe not your OCD-forming habit of washing your hands every hour of the day. Remember MacBeth’s Wife? “Out, out! Damn Spot!” MacBeth’s wife was trying to wash her hands of her defilement. Her paranoia and guilt drove her to madness. She saw a dagger in front of her eyes. She was suffering from what we would call, “Paranoid-Schizophrenia” at that point. We DO NOT want the entire world semi-paranoid-schizophrenic in a year’s time but everybody thinking it is normal. The new normal. Fear sucks the spiritual life out of us. I often feel that Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a “type” of King Saul story. Do not partner with Divination to ensure you success during the battle of Covid (taking the vaccines grown in Abortion-derived stem cells). Satan is a backstabber. See how the false word tripped up Macbeth to take his fatal fall! Remember how I said that things that lay hold of our collective consciousness have some element of spiritual truth in them, even if it is perverted truth? Well, Literature that lasts through the Ages, like Shakespearean plays are one of these things, too. The tale of Macbeth illustrates how Divination tricks you into thinking that you’re going to win, but then backstabs you at the end.
- Don’t lock yourself in your house. This is not trusting in God when you are self-imposing House Arrest on yourself, and doing this will drive you mad. You have freedoms according to the Restrictions but you need to exercise them. Don’t go the “extra mile” beyond the restrictions to harm yourself. If you are blessed to have in-person worship available in your city, take the opportunity before we lose this freedom!
- Remember that God is a God of GRACE. He is not going to KILL you off for the slightest or most random of mistakes i.e. touching the wrong doorknob, walking into the wrong person. If you are so fearful that God may spuriously kill you off during plague, then you are acting more like a Slave of God, than a Son of God. Give yourself Grace because God gives yourself grace. Grace is freedom from the spirit-killing perfectionism of Slave.
Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.John 8: 35
I could list more ways to do the OPPOSITE of what seems “natural” during Covid because everybody else is doing it, but I think you can think of your own. (I am not advocating civil disobedience, to be clear. I think civil disobedience is destroying our witness to the world. The world is so terrified of dying that the fields are ripe for harvest right now. Don’t ruin this opportunity to share the gospel, by wrecking your Christian witness through hate and anger. Nothing is accomplished without love –1 Corinthians 13)
Read the above quote from Freedom Sessions again to remind yourself of what our battle strategy against Covid is. We have to RESIST and go the opposite direction of where the environment and society is influencing us to go. If we do nothing to resist the “values and messages” of the world around us, we will naturally CONFORM to what the world is thinking –and the world is freaking out in Fear and trying to control every little thing with little success in creating peace and security for ourselves. The security we long for can ONLY be found in God’s peace that surpasses all understanding (seems ridiculous by human standards during a world-wide pandemic)—Philippians 4.
The transformation of our minds to the Peace (Shalom—meaning ‘wholeness’) of God that seems RIDICULOUS during the Age of Coronavirus LASTS when it truly lays a hold of your Spirit. I am experiencing it. It doesn’t shift with the changing news, with the latest Covid stats, with every change of Restriction, with every new variant or new virus, or new bad side-effect from the vaccines. This immunity is as stable and reliable as a rock. The ROCK is Jesus Christ. Like the werewolf mouse, we have special IMMUNITY from the toxins of plague but ours is through our relationship with Jesus Christ (Psalm 91).
Stop Conforming to a World that is Ensconced in Fear!
Wisdom of this Age
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.1. Corinthians 2:6
If this plague was happening for the Ancient People’s, the whole population would be on its knees crying out to God by now. We’d be tearing our clothes and wearing sackcloth and repenting for everything thing we could think of. We’re supposed to be doing this, too, in our modern Age. Why aren’t we? It’s because the “Wisdom of this Age” has availed ourselves of a myriad of tools to “control” our lives: research medicine, innovation, study, math to analyze ever minutiae of the pandemic etc. I would say that all these tools are having very little effect on defeating the virus. It seems to always be one-step ahead. We finally got the vaccines and now we have variants to worry over. Now we have serious side-effects from the vaccines to worry over. We are not bowing ourselves prostrate before God because Man is not finished going through every arsenal in his bag to try and defeat this pandemic in his own strength and wisdom.
Hmm…I wonder who were really the “advanced” peoples? I think the Ancients were smarter than us are, about how to stop plague. So much for the progression of Man’s Wisdom through the Ages. It is really true that the Wisdom of Man is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 3:19).
A year on in the pandemic and we’re STILL trying to understand, control, research, log every little detail, number about the Pandemic. Is it really giving us the control we long for to mitigate our Fears, or is it really only an illusion of having control? Are we getting any closer to “fixing” the pandemic? We’d be far more closer if we were like the Ancients, who would be crying out the the Lord, collectively, by now. Maybe the plague would be over by now, even. It only took King David 3 days to end his plague (1 Chronicles 21).
Breaking Open before the Sovereignty of the Lord
God is waiting for his children to FINALLY break OPEN before Him. God is waiting for us to rend our hearts before him for failing to keep his commands (Deuteronomy 28), such that plague has fallen upon us. God wants to transform us to be a new, better church for Him. Before he can build a new temple, he has to break down the existing structure. When we will break ourselves open? There is no slapping on of band-aids during God’s building projects. It is NEW wine or NOTHING.
Please, children of God—how long will we keep on trying to “fix” the pandemic on our own, using our own strength and wisdom?
God is waiting for us to cry out, “I give UP God! I SURRENDER! We can’t stop this pandemic. Our human wisdom, understanding, research, knowledge, efforts at control are USELESS in the face of your power and sovereignty!”
At this point and only at this point, will the pandemic start to abate. At this point, then God can build a new temple upon the ruins. The place where King David repented to stop his plague eventually became the place where the temple of the Lord was built. Do we really want to wait for a deadlier variant. before we rend our hearts to God? or an entirely new virus so that we have to start all over again? God will keep on turning up the furnace until we melt before Him (Malachi 4).
If Mens’ hearts do not melt before God, they will melt before Death.
God can easily stop the pandemic. He cannot easily turn the Hearts of Men
Roar like the LION & the MOUSE.