I wanted to share some amazing news with you from our state of Colorado. Monday afternoon a man from Fort Collins was attacked by a mountain lion while running the trails in the foothills. He survived and he ended up killing the lion…with his bare hands! Phenomenal! First of all, I wouldn’t go jogging in the foothills and if I did, I would definitely have my good ol’ .45 with me. We even have mountain lions come through our neighborhood sometimes and I always carry when I take the kids to the parks and trails around here. This story reminds me that we have an enemy that hunts us just like a lion. It also reminds me to fight back with all my heart just like this man from Fort Collins did!
Mountain lions generally attack from behind. Sometimes they attack from the ground and sometimes they attack from a high point like a tree or boulder. Most people who grow up here know that if you encounter an aggressive lion, then you put your arms up high to make yourself look bigger and also throw rocks and scream at it. If that doesn’t work, we are taught to fight for our lives! Once that big cat decides to attack, the only option you have is to fight back. If you don’t, then unless a miracle happens, you die.
It is truly amazing this guy killed the lion with his bare hands. It was young, but they are still big and strong even at a young age. Adults can be huge and weigh around 150 pounds. I have encountered mountain lions three times: once at the YMCA in Estes Park, once camping near Aspen, and once I caught a glimpse of one stalking a man walking his dogs in the woods here in our neighborhood (life stories for another day). I even saw a dead one while taking a bathroom break off the side of the road in the mountains. The “experts” always say encounters and attacks are rare, but there are a lot of them in our mountains and people see them all the time. People who spend time in the wilds of the Rockies know the truth. They are beautiful and scary at the same time.
Remember, we have been given weapons and armor that God wants us to use when our enemy the devil attacks like a lion (Ephesians 6:10-18). Prayer, praise, and God’s Word are all weapons of righteousness and our faith in Jesus is a mighty shield to defeat every attack the evil one throws at us! It doesn’t matter if he pounces on us from behind as we are going about our day and it doesn’t matter where it happens! Stand strong and fight! Right there in the grocery store or at your job or wherever you are. If you find yourself in the midst of a vicious surprise attack, then take a moment and pray right then and there! You don’t have to do it out loud in public. Just fight back by giving God your heart, soul, and mind and giving the battle to Him! The Lord will fight for us by the power of the Holy Spirit and we will overcome every attack of that old prowling lion!
Just like how we live here in Colorado, be ready and stay alert! I fully expect that we could encounter a mountain lion on the trails and in the woods in our neighborhood, so I take steps to deal with that. I am very thankful for the weapons and training God gave me to protect myself and my family. I am not going to let my kids get eaten by a lion!
We should always be ready and prayed up in the Spirit like a soldier ready for battle. The fight might not come that day, but we all know our enemy is always waiting to pounce and we don’t live in fear. We are strong and ready in the Holy Spirit of God and we are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ!
The shield of faith will protect you! (Ephesians 6:16)
Fight back with God’s Word, which is your sword! (Ephesians 6:17)
Fight back with praise! (Psalm 28:7, Psalm 51:12)
Fight back with prayer! (Ephesians 6:18)
We are already victorious in Christ and we have overcome the world (John 16:33)!
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 5:8-11
Grace and peace to you all!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
I pray that man from Fort Collins is healed of his wounds quickly and I pray he comes to know the Lord if he doesn’t already. He had a serious brush with death and he is a blessed man to be alive! If you ever read this sir, God bless you! I’m glad you defeated the attack and survived! God was with you in power that day and I want you to know, Jesus truly does love you!