“TAMING THE BEASTS!”
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It sounds somewhat like a circus act, doesn’t it? If you’re from my generation you can definitely relate. If you’re the younger generation, you may not be familiar with the infamous lion tamer in the center ring of the circus holding the lions at bay with the use of a whip and a chair. But this is not about those kinds of “beasts!” The beasts we’re referring to are the “mind” and the “mouth.” Not that they have to be “beasty,” but without some “taming,” they can quickly become that!
Think for a minute about the two things that you have to constantly say to small children when you’re in a public setting and even otherwise: “Be still and be quiet!” Those seem to be two of the most difficult things for them to achieve. Guess what? Even when we’re all grown up, it still seems to be the hardest thing for us to do. Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Is it as hard for you to get still as it is for me? My predisposition is constant motion; that goes for my mind too. Romans 8:7 tells us that the carnal or fleshly mind is enmity against God (hostile, unfriendly, opposing). So the mind can be likened to a “beast,” having to be subdued and controlled. Then about the mouth, James 3:3-12 tells us that the tongue is untamable; it says no man can tame the tongue. You can tame a lion, but you can’t tame a tongue! We’ve all been subject to this “beast,” and thankfully we have recourse. But only the Holy Spirit, as we submit to Him, can produce this control. In fact one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control (Gal. 5:23), which will tame the mouth and the mind
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Thankfully we have a solution for “taming the beasts.” But keep in mind there’s an act of submission that’s required for this process to occur. We have to make a decision to voluntarily limit what we might choose for something of greater priority and higher purpose. His purpose, His priority, His command, intimacy with HIM IS the higher purpose!
As we “tame” the mind and the “mouth” and get still and silent before the Lord, invariably we tend to have expectations: Will I be able to hear Him? What will I hear the Lord say? Will I get some answers I’ve desperately needed? Let’s remember that above all, our Father may simply desire for us to enjoy quiet fellowship with Him. Maybe His plan is to “brood” over you and create something you didn’t even know you needed. Maybe He wants to re-write some things on your heart to break old patterns that have kept you from the best He has for you. Whatever the case may be, it’s worth “taming the beasts.” Interestingly, as the story goes, the reason the lion appears to be tamed is because he is single minded and can’t focus on all four legs of the chair at the same time. He has to be still and attempt to focus because of being single minded! I think there’s a lesson in that for us!
So whether it’s the first thing when you awaken in the morning, the last thing before you go to sleep at night, in your quiet time, at random moments during your day, or at a traffic light on your way to work–wherever! The word for all of us is to submit, make time, be still, be quiet, focus, be single minded, and let the “beasts” be tamed! Let everything that concerns you be absorbed by His Presence! God wants to empower and ready you through intimate times with Him.
Remember, His Kingdom is arising in unprecedented ways in this hour. One particular circus was known for the line, “The greatest show on earth!” We are yet to see “THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH” as GOD covers the earth with His glory and reveals His splendor and power through His Church!