When I was hurting, angry, bitter and lost in my shame I made the three classic mistakes that Simba made, I listened to the lies, ran away and tried to hide from my problems thinking I would have to make a new life for myself as a different person. And while I was hiding I forgot who I really was – a child of God. But I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life stuck in the wilderness. So I stood up to the enemy and decided to take back what was mine.
I stayed at church, I stayed married, and bit by bit I remembered who I really was. I realised through every worship song, every bible verse and prayer that I had been forgiven. And with that forgiveness comes freedom. I didn’t have to live in the turmoil of my past mistakes. I was given a new life. I was given a new hope. I was given salvation by grace. I just had to take hold of it.
The question we need to ask is why did Scar (the enemy) want Simba out of the Pride Land? Why did he want him to not just leave but never return? I’ll tell you why, he wanted to steal the promise and inheritance of Simba’s throne.
As sons and daughters of the King, Jesus, we are all included in the inheritance of God. We are all royal. And that’s the one thing the enemy will always try to take away from us – our inheritance and promise of eternal life. The enemy does not want us in God’s house, he wants us in the wilderness. So he will do anything to make you run away from the Kingdom of God and believe you don’t deserve His inheritance. That God doesn’t love you or want you. These are all lies.
To remember who we are we need to remember who our Father is and where we really belong.
“In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope… and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.”*
Don’t let the enemy rob you of what is rightfully yours. Don’t give in and surrender your birth right. Choose to believe the truth – that Jesus died on the Cross to bring salvation and set you free from the lies of the enemy. You are royalty, you have a promise of an inheritance. You belong in the Kingdom of God. And like Simba did, run back to the Kingdom and take back what is yours.
In the words of Rafiki – “It is time.”
*I Peter 1:3
This is the last the Lion King Lessons. To read the series click here.
This is Lion King Lesson III. Read post I here and post II here.
Do you remember that crazy baboon in The Lion King, Rafiki – ‘Asanti sana, squashed banana’. That baboon seemed totally nuts, but he loved the King and was its helper – just like the Holy Spirit. He felt despair when he saw the Pride Land fall to ruin under Scar.
When he found Simba in the wilderness he led him back to his father. That is what the Holy Spirit does. He’s our helper, our guide and our comforter. He always draws us to the Father God. When Simba realised that Rafiki knew his father and told him that his father was still alive Simba chased after him.
At first Simba thought he found nothing but his own reflection. But he looked closer and found his father within him. This is what his father said to him:
‘You have forgotten me… You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me… Look inside yourself. You are more than what you have become… You must take your place in the [Kingdom of God].”
Simba replies “How can I go back? I’m not who I used to be?”
“Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king. Remember who you are.”
I had been lost in the wilderness so long I had forgotten who I really was. I forgot that I had a heavenly Father who loved me and always forgave. I believed the lie that my sin was too big and bad to forgive. But then the Holy Spirit helped me find my Father God again and remember who I really am. He made me see that just because I had made mistakes in my life his love for me never changed. I felt like I would never be able to go back and do the things I was born to do because I just wasn’t the same person any more. But that didn’t matter because I was his daughter, an heir to the throne and nothing could change that in my life – no matter how far away I had gone from him. I was still his daughter and he still loved me. I just needed to remember.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love… indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
But how could I go back and do the things I knew God wanted me to do??? Find out in my next post…
This is Lion King Lesson II. Read the first post here to follow the story.
After the death of Simba’s father, Mufasa, Scar blamed, shamed and scared Simba into running away and never return. That was the first mistake Simba made. He believed the lies of the enemy and acted on them. He ran and kept running until he ended up in the wilderness.
But then something happened to Simba out in the wilderness, he made friends. Friendly and funny, Timone and Pumba enter the scene and show him how great the wilderness is to live in. They tell Simba that he doesn’t have to worry about the past, that he can run away from it and life will be fantastic – all you gotta do is sing ‘Hakuna matata’ – no cares, no responsibility and no worries. Oh yes, it sounds so care-free, spontaneous and therepeutic that it can be very appealing. But these are merely more lies that instead of bringing fear brought trust. Timone and Pumba do such a great job at deceiving (I mean convincing) Simba into staying in the wilderness that they even convince him to eat bugs for the rest of his life.
Now that sounds completely insane, but when we’re hurting and lost we’ll try anything to make us feel better. Simba was willing to live like a meerkat instead of a lion as long as he didn’t have to face his fears. Simba started living the lie rather than living the promise, all he had to do was sing along. They made him believe that the wilderness was better than the Kingdom and he got stuck there. The worst kind of wilderness to be in is the one we think looks like a Kingdom. Simba thought he was living like a King but he was really living like a peasant.
There was a time in my life when I got stuck in the wilderness. I thought that was where my life would be forever and tried to make the best of it singing away my troubles – as they say. But it didn’t change the fact that I was broken and hurting. I ran to the wilderness to hide and left all my gifts, talents, hopes and dreams behind. And rather than feeling better I felt more and more lost. Nothing seemed to make sense any more and I lacked purpose in everything, so all I lived for was myself. I grew more and more bitter, angry and disillusioned in my wilderness. But weeks, months and years went by and I thought nothing would ever change, until one day it did…
Look out for my next post, coming soon, to read more of this story.
How many of you have watched the Lion King? It’s one of my son’s favourite movies and so I’ve watched it countless times. But one day whilst watching it I learned something from the story of Simba. I realised that what Simba went through in the movie is what so many of us go through in life. Let me take you through the beginning of the story.
Simba is born a prince, heir to the throne, and boy does he love it. He ‘just can’t wait to be King’! He’s excited about all the privilege, blessing and promise of being a member of the royal family. But being a prince he is a big target. The ‘Enemy’ (Scar) prowls around seeking how he can remove Simba from the throne (1 Peter 5:8). And one day he succeeds. He kills Simba’s father, Mufasa, and starts speaking lies to Simba and puts so much blame, shame and fear into Simba that he runs away and never returns. The crazy thing is that Simba didn’t even do anything wrong, but he was manipulated into taking the blame. He didn’t think he could be forgiven and instead believed Scar’s lies.
Have you ever felt like that? Well, I have. I was 18, in love and engaged – to my now wonderful husband. I was part of an amazing, growing church and felt completely on top of the world. And then my world came tumbling down. One bad decision left me completely in ruins. Feeling my shame, guilt, and remorse I would walk into church feeling as though I had a sign on my forehead saying “worst sinner of all”. I felt as though my wrong doing was unforgivable and that I would never be accepted as the same person again. All I wanted to do was hide. Traumatic life experiences shake us to the very core exposing our innermost self. That’s exactly when the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and he does this by lying to us.
At first I believed his lies. I became scared, anxious and even bitter towards those closest to me. But did you know that if we believe the lies of the enemy we forfeit our inheritance and walk away from the Kingdom.
There’s more to this story. Look out for the next post.