Text: Psa. 74:13-15
The Leviathan serpent has seven heads, which he uses to fight against God and God’s kingdom. Sin corrupted Lucifer’s mind and perverted his wisdom. Instead of using his wisdom to worship and serve the Lord, the truth in him was distorted and split in seven ways. He now uses this corrupt distorted truth in seven serpentine heads to serve himself. The cheering news is that in Psa. 74:14 “thou breakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness”.
Leviathan is a great sea serpent and a symbol of satan and the language used here is symbolic of the defeat of satanic powers. Each one of the heads of leviathan comes against us in one of the following ways: –
- The leviathan head of affliction. Exo. 1:7-12 “And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty, and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, … but the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.” Affliction was targeted at the worship of the children of Israel, it was targeted at the worship of the true God and to stop the Israelites from going to Canaan. But it is a known fact that persecution has always caused the Church to grow. The more they were persecuted, the more they were oppressed, the more Pharaoh manifested his other side, the more the children of Israel increased and multiplied. Affliction makes the Church to grow. Acts. 2:13-47 “ … Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls …” what makes the Church weak is compromise; prosperity. Affliction makes the Church to look up, it makes the Church to depend on God. It also makes the Church to use the weapon of prayer to seek the face of God for divine intervention. Affliction brings revival. At the end of Peter’s preaching, three thousand souls were converted. Acts 4:21-32 “So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done … And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things common”. Affliction brought the Church together, it made them to cry out and it made the Holy Ghost empowerment possible; they began to move in one accord. Many people would not have come to Christ but for affliction. The affliction that draws you closer to God is not bad but the success that drives you away from God is worse than affliction. May you not drink the wine of success that will draw you away from the purpose of God for your life in the mighty name of Jesus. The Bible says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Any success that shuts heaven against you is failure.
TO BE CONTINUED.