Sharks Hug with their Mouths
May 15, 2019
It is a beautiful sunny 88° day. You hear the waves up ahead, you hear the birds singing their songs, and you can smell the salt in the air. You gaze up toward the water and watch as the waves crash into the shore. You stand and walk forward toward the water desiring to be cooled down from the sun’s heat. You feel the fine, hot sand beneath your feet and between your toes. As you approach the water, you feel the mist from the ocean on your skin. You walk closer and feel the sand becoming wet and firm. The water sweeps over your feet. You walk further into the water feeling relief from the heat. The water is pleasant; cool but not cold. You are having an amazing moment. You are enjoying life and the creation that God has given for your pleasure. You think to yourself, this is the best day. You decided to go a little further into the waters. You take a small dive under the water and begin to swim, letting the water glide over your body. You come up for air and smile. You stop swimming. You begin to kick your feet under the water to stay afloat. What a beautiful mom…..ouch! What was that?! OUCH! The pain is unbearable. Now the beautiful blue water that provided relief with its coolness just moments ago is turning red and becoming warm. The waters that once were gliding over you are now overwhelming you making it hard to breathe. The simple dive under the water you started with is now an uncontrollable force pulling you under. You are scared and do not know what is happening. Then you see it; the gray fin of the ocean’s finest predator. You hear the screams of the people on the shore and then you begin to scream in pain and in fear. SHARK!
There are many times in this life that we are “swimming in the ocean” having a great time. Things are going great for us. God is blessing us, our family, our ministries, and our life in general. Then out of nowhere - shark attack. We begin to be pulled under, breathing in the water that is no longer a blessing but is now a curse. We scream and panic. We cannot get out of the water and no one is coming to help. The water here represents words – slander, gossip, cursing each other. God is speaking over us and we swim in His affection and in our calling and then someone, a shark, comes in and begins to try to destroy us. Proverbs 15:4 says, “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”
“You know God didn’t really mean that. Sally has a better blog than you. John speaks better than you. You are too shy to do that. You are too busy to do that. Your figure isn’t right for that outfit. Tommy’s mom does it differently.”
The statements above are someone being criticized; however, not all sharks are trying to tear you down but trying to manipulate you as well.
“You sing better than Susan. You should be doing more songs than her. You know Jack, he isn’t living the way a minister should. You deserve that promotion more than her.”
The list could go on. Sharks “HUG” with their mouths.
The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 that Satan walks around like a lion looking for someone to devour. A lioness looks for the weakest of the pack because it is the easiest target. Satan does the same. He is walking around, or swimming around, looking for what looks to be easy prey.
Let’s look at some shark facts and compare.
Sharks are old. Satan has always been. There are spirits/demons that have been
working in the spiritual realm for a long time. The Spirit of Leviathan. You read my Spiritual Warfare post on the Leviathan here.
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Sharks have several rows of teeth Satan can hurt you in many different ways with the same attack/bite
Sharks do not have bones Satan has no backbone
Sharks have excellent eyesight Satan sees the vulnerable very well and knows exactly (great in the
dark) when to attack. Works best in the dark.
Shark’s skin feels like sandpaper Satan sands you down until there isn’t anything left of the original
Sharks can smell a tiny drop of Satan can smell the one weak and hurting in the midst of 8 Blood in an Olympic size pool billion people on earth
Sharks stalk their prey Satan walks around seeking whom he may devour
Great White strikes quickly Satan sometimes strikes you out of nowhere and quickly
Hammerheads are bottom ocean Satan hunts where the most vulnerable live or where the hunters
“baby” Christians live
Sharks normally hunt in solidarity Satan sometimes uses one more person to come against you But sometimes form a group and other times he likes to spread the rumors or pit multiple people
against you (gossiping)
Bottom hunters are camouflaged Satan can make himself look like helping hand
Sharks hunt early morning or Satan does his best work in the shadows late at night when there is less light
We have to beware of our surroundings and ready for any attacks that may take place. As Christians we should assume that these attacks will happen. Satan does not mess with those he already has. There is no need to. These attacks can be in the form of a shark attack when someone is slandering our name, our ministry, our family, etc. or we can unintentionally become the shark. I have been under both attacks. When I realized that I was the shark I was surprised and frustrated. I couldn’t believe that I allowed myself to be used that way. The problem was that I was not “prayed” up. I had not been reading and praying as I should have. Satan saw me as an easy target; and truth is, I was. I was worshiping God at church and talking about people outside. Why? Because I was hurt and mad and I guess it made me feel better. But I learned very quickly that I cannot make my light shine bright by unscrewing someone else’s bulb. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen.” Matthew 15:11 says, “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” And Titus 1:2-3 says, “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”
We see in the Garden of Eden that the first sin was caused by Words. Slander against God. The serpent asked Eve, “Did God really say that?” (Genesis 3:1). He created doubt with one sentence and then Eve spread the words to Adam.
Words are so powerful. They hurt tremendously. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That statement is simply not true. I broke my wrist when I was in 5th grade and it healed. But there are things that were said to me over 20 years ago that were controlling my life. And then I did the same thing to someone else. I had been bitten by a shark and then I was the shark.
I had become the very thing God hates. Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.” In Psalms 101:5 says, “Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.” God kept His promise. He destroyed me. He broke me. But He didn’t leave me! I have been made new.
Which one are you, the prey or the shark?
1. Am I talking negatively about someone - spreading rumors or exposing faults?
2. Am I being talked about?
3. Am I both - because I am being attacked I in turn attack someone else?
We must stay in the Word of God to fight the words of attack from the enemy. Words are so spiritually important. The Bible says in John 1:1 that the WORD became flesh. And in Genesis 1 God uses WORDS to create. We have to be careful how we use them also.
Let us be men and women who lift each other up instead of tearing each other down. James 3:10 tells us, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be.” So let us rejoice for someone else’s blessing. Rejoice for someone else’s anointing. Rejoice when someone else’s prayers are answered. And be prayerful when a brother or sister falls and makes mistakes. I know I would not want anyone talking about me negatively during a struggle. I would want people praying for me in their quiet time.
Psalm 141:3 “SET A GUARD OVER MY MOUTH, LORD; KEEP WATCH OVER THE DOOR OF MY LIPS.” Amen.