THE LION’S LICK! By Joey Rocha
“And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5)
I would like to share part of a dream that I had. I only share part because I believe the first part of the dream was personal to me. However I feel led to share the second part as way of encouragement to those that are seeking God’s . . .
In the dream . . .
I saw myself on a journey. As I was walking along suddenly this giant ape like creature appeared and was blocking my path. The creature was large, skinny and decrepit looking. It was foaming at the mouth and it’s intentions where obvious – to block my way.
As I stood there somewhat dumbfounded contemplating what to do, behold a Lion appeared! The Lion belted out one load roar and the ape creature vanished. That alone would have been enough but it’s what happened next that I would like to impart –
The Lion then turned to me and licked my face!
For many believers the journey, like my own, has been difficult. Many have been plagued with obstacles along the way. So much so that weariness has set in. Sometimes it seems like we can be our own worse enemy when it comes to faith in who God says we really are. I believe we are entering into a season of God’s favor for all those who have remained despite the setbacks and obstacles and even unbelief along the way.
The opening scripture from revelation declares the truth that the Lion of the tribe of Judah has made a way where there was no way.
When the Lion licked my face in the dream I immediately felt something lift from me, replaced by – the favor of God. It was a lick of affection, like a Father hugging and protecting his child. Almost as if God was smiling at me!
GOD WANTS TO IMPART FAVOR!
As I was praying about the dream I actually saw what the obstacles were that others were facing. I could see people stuck along the way and as I looked more closely I saw what looked to be stamps on peoples heads. The obstacles that were blocking their way where all kinds of false labels representing false identities that had been stamped on their foreheads!
I saw labels like: failure, insecurity, freak, disabled, diseased, abandoned, worthless and many more! It was these labels that were the obstacles stopping the children of God from continuing on their journey. The creature along the way wasn’t the obstacle but only the lie that was reinforcing what the label was already saying! They couldn’t free themselves from the labels because they believed the lie. They were literally – stuck. And so was I!
Have you ever tried to remove a stamp from an envelope once it has been sealed? It is next to impossible! But fear not. I have some good news! The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered! He can remove the seal!
I did a bit of research on a lions lick. What I discovered is amazing . . . because God is amazing.
The lions tongue is extremely rough. The reason a lion’s tongue is rough is because it is covered in organic spines called papillae. These papillae are rougher than sandpaper and can scrape flesh off a human being with ease! For lions, getting all the nutrition they can from the carcass is critical. The papillae on lions’ tongues let’s them make the most of their kills by scraping off the excess meat that would otherwise go to waste. In other words a lion can scrape off the meat from a bone with a lick of its tongue!!
So if that is the case. How much more can the LION OF THE TRIBE JUDAH scrape off a label that has been stamped on you!
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After feeding a lions habit is to lick each other. It is referred to as social licking. Lions cannot clean their own head and have limited ability to clean other parts of their body because they are not particularly flexible. After feeding lions often lick their pride mates to remove blood and clean wounds. Licking is also common after rain to help dry out the coat of another lion. Social licking helps to reinforce social bonds and in combination with head rubbing actually produces close functional relationships within the pride!
What I found was something that I believe is sorely missing in the church today . . .
Lions lick each other’s wounds!
I believe we would see a lot more functional relationships and unity within the body of Christ if we would simply learn from lion’s pride. (Romans 12:15, Galatians 6:2, 1 Corinthians 12:26)
God has appeared along the way because He is going to make sure that his children reach their destiny knowing who they are and who’s authority they carry.
You see it is the sound of the Lions roar that dispels the lies of the enemy but it is with the lick of his favor that identity is revealed. The pinnacle of lassitude descends in deference to the Lions might. He is bent on seeing us finish the journey strong! And no one will snatch them from his hand! (John 10:28)
So hear the roar of his prophetic word!
If the enemy, the church, your family or anybody else has stamped you with a label of false identity then it is time to . . .
Receive the Lion’s lick!
Sin removed! Shame removed! Guilt removed! Offense removed! Condemnation removed! Bulling removed! Worthlessness removed! Lack removed! Insecurity removed! Intimidation removed! Hopelessness removed! Poverty removed! Doubt removed! Self Pity removed! Victim removed! Addicted removed! Failure removed! Abandonment removed! Sickness removed! Disabled removed! And any other label that comes against the word of God!
It is time to weep no more; beloved, for the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David has conquered!
And he is about to lick open the scroll of your life that has been sealed! The Lion has appeared to remove the obstacle of false identity and reveal to you who you really are. Identity revelation will clear the way for the remainder of your journey. And because you now know who’s you are, you will carry a greater authority!
So receive GOD’S FAVOR today! And remember, there is no label that has been stuck on you strong enough to withstand . . .
The Lions Lick!
A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..
A word by Dana Jarvis
I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.
Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!
You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.
However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”
I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!
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