"The Ferocious Love of God"
Jun 11, 2004
Many years ago I endured a time of persecution by Christians in the church where my husband and I served in ministry at that time. I believe these dear people truly loved me, but were turned against me by one person's accusations and lies about me. So, believing the lies of another Christian in the church, they persecuted me. Their hatred for me was heated and their curses vile.
Because of all the gossip and slander that ensued, I came under depression. I felt emotionally numb and cut off from God. I knew in my mind that Jesus loved me, but I could not feel His love for me. Being so passionately hated by my brothers and sisters in Christ caused me to hate myself.
During this time of heavy oppression, I cried out to Jesus to show me His love for me. That night I had a dream:
I was in a beautiful garden with many different flowers and trees. The sun was bright and beautiful; it was a glorious place to be. But also in the garden were three demons. They talked amongst themselves until they saw me, then suddenly they attacked me.
They were all over me. One lunged at my legs, another at my chest and the third jumped on my back and was trying to choke me to death with his arm around my neck. I was startled awake by the intensity of the dream, but even as I woke, the dream continued like a movie in my mind.
The Lion Came After Me!
I saw the three demon spirits attacking me and could feel on my physical body the effects of their attack. I screamed out a rebuke in the name of Jesus. As I did two of the demons flew off of me, but the demon that was choking me remained.
I was terrified, yet I saw in the distance running towards me at a tremendous rate of speed an enormous lion. By earthly standards this lion was abnormally large. He was the height of a horse, but was much broader and his head was massive. As he bounded towards me his mane flew out from his face as his paws struck the ground. He was incredibly beautiful and was indeed an awesome sight. He ran so fast that the hair on his body appeared to make waves like a wheat field blown by the wind as he leapt and bounded towards me.
The sight of the lion was more terrifying to me than that of the demons. He ran towards me with such invariant ferocity that I was frightened. He was enraged, and his fury was terrifying.
The fierceness in his eyes sent a shiver up my spine... His eyes were very large and beautiful, but fierce. He heaved and grunted as he galloped towards me, much like a warrior in the heat of battle. The fierceness in his eyes sent a shiver up my spine. I began to brace myself against his inevitable strike, but then I caught a glimpse of his eyes and saw that they were not focused on me. I was not the target of his rage, but his focus was on the demon that was on my back. All of his anger was aimed at the demon who was clutching my neck, whose grasp I could physically feel, though not see, around my neck.
As he approached in full gallop, I felt the ground shake as he landed again and again. In one final burst of energy he leapt high in the air, opened his mouth wide and lunged towards me. In an instant his mouth completely engulfed the demon creature, and then, as quickly as the lion had appeared, he was gone.
The dream was over, and I sat up in bed completely awake. I was sweaty and out of breath. I cried out to God, "What was that?" He spoke with the same fierceness as the Lion and said, "I love you ferociously!"
Your Enemies Shudder At The Sight Of Jesus!
I knew that I had seen the ferociousness of God. He was indeed, terrifying, but I had nothing to fear from Him because that terror was directed at my enemies, and His love enveloped me. My Jesus didn't just love me, but the driving passion He felt towards me was terrifying to my enemies.
Jesus loves you ferociously too, and your enemies shutter at the sight of Him! In Revelation 5:5, Jesus is described as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Yes, He is the gentle Lamb of God who surrendered Himself for slaughter for your sake, but He is also every bit the Lion of God, and His enemies tremble at His approach. He is driven by an all consuming passion for His bride. You are that bride!
I believe that in the days ahead we will see much more of the ferocity of the Lion of God, but His wrath will be directed at our enemies. It is His love for us that forces Him to manifest His anger, and this same love moves Him to devour our enemies.
Dear God, I ask You to pour out Your ferocious love on all who read this testimony and set the captives free.
Love in Jesus,
copyright by Victoria Boyson