Tread is an interesting word and has many meanings. It is a ‘doing word’ or verb and describes a way of walking; as a noun it describes an object like the sole of one’s feet or part of a tire.
When I think of tread I am thinking of putting one’s feet in a particular place.
In our county we have a soccer field on which my nine year old had such a resounding defeat that she will no longer put her feet there. She will not tread on that field be it for pleasure or for business.
The memory of her team’s defeat was the turning point in her involvement in soccer especially since she felt that she was part of the cause.
Her team was called the ‘angels’. They were a girls-only team.The other team were called the ‘young lions’ and they were lion like.
Not only were they older, but they were taller, faster and more experienced.
On that balmy September day we had a final result of 12 goals to the ‘young lions’ and 2 goals to the ‘angels’, and I believe the young lions allowed them to get those.
The truth is that the young lions were vastly superior in ability. They were from another county and the coach did not know that when he arranged the match.
After the match my daughter and her team were inconsolable. The usual free after-game beverage refreshment did not buoy up her spirits.
I will use this little story of defeat as an analogy using the names and the themes only to describe what I think may be a parallel in the Kingdom of God.
In the realm of the `Spirit’ and in our daily lives there is an ongoing battle.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places”
There are many `young lions’ who are followers or sons of the Lion of Judah who are in daily warfare with the wiles of the evil one and his fallen angels.
It must be understood that this battle has already been won at the Cross by our `Vastly Superior Lion Savior’ and that when we find ourselves in a state of war with the `arch-enemy’ and his wiles, that we have vastly superior weaponry. The Lord has provided us with Armory.
The soccer players `angels’ and the ‘young lions’ both had skill, they all had their protective clothing on but one team was more powerful than the other. Unfortunately my daughter was in the losing team that day; but in real life I am thankful to say she is on the `winning team’ of the Lion of Judah.
We the ‘young lions’ of God have Christ living in us. We have the Blood of Christ, and we have the Holy Spirit which indwells us, we have The Sword of the Holy Spirit which is the Word of God which is powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword; we have a Shield of Faith with we which we shield ourselves from the darts and arrows of the enemy.
In the many examples of the Gospels where Jesus cast out demons[or fallen angels],they were afraid of Him and He cast them out of their victims. They feared to tread where He was and I believe that means they should fear to tread where we the `young lions’ of the Lion of Judah’s Kingdom are.
His Power is in us tooooo.
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