I Hate Snakes!
Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal of the field which Yahweh God had made. He said to the woman, â€œHas God really said, â€˜You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?â€™â€ Â Genesis 3:1Â (WEB, my emphasis)
A friend shared a recent snake adventure with me by email. I can’t imagine that I have not vigorously shared with her how much I HATE snakes but her story ‘snake killing’ story was an acceptable one to me because â€¦ the snakes dies! Now for all you ‘circle of life’ and reptile lovers out there who do not share my view of snakes, I want to say that I am aware of their function in the food chain but that does not diminish my negative view of them one wit!
The first time I read through the Bible I was very gratified to learn that God had chosen to give satan the physical body of a snake in my first introduction to him in Genesis. I thought it a rather appropriate type-casting myself! And God promises there that the serpent will be crushed. (Genesis 3:14-15) As I read on and found that a snake on a stick was an icon of healing in Numbers 21 after God used venomous snakes to bite and kill the disobedient Israelites, I turned the pages quickly and tried not to dwell on that story.
For a time in my spiritual life I gave too much time thinking about how much I hated subtle, slimy serpent known as satan. I gave him far too much credit for what I saw in the world instead of acknowledging that we allow the consequences through our own poor choices. I truly allowed my hate to have more ‘air’ time than the love that was in me and in my life. Jesus said that all the power that He had been given was passed on to me to make disciples. (Matthew 28) He also said that whatever I bound on earth would be bound in heaven. The snake bound up and laid out so I can run over it with my spiritual tank! And run over it again, again, again, again, and AGAIN! How do I run over the snake?
I sing praise to my Lord! I raise my hands and dance for joy about what the Lord has done for me every day! I am kind to someone. I have compassion for someone. I choose to focus on Jesus and take time in my day to just sit at His feet and listen…quietly. I know you can think of some other ways that kick, toss, and generally give satan a nasty black eye!
1 Corinthians 10 says we do not wage war with weapons like guns and knives. We are in a spiritual war. There is no ‘neutral’ option. You can either follow Jesus and survive battles, win battles, and be on the promised victorious team â€“ or you can be a part of the collateral damage. There is no staying out of the fray! Satan wants us under his feet! When we choose Jesus and follow Him â€“ it is satan who is under our feet!!!
I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, â€œNow the salvation, the power, and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ has come; for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. They overcame him because of the Lambâ€™s blood, and because of the word of their testimony. They didnâ€™t love their life, even to death. Therefore rejoice, heavens, and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil has gone down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has but a short time.â€ Â Â Revelation 12:10-12 Â Â (WEB)
First â€“ I overcome anything satan thinks he can do because I am the child of the King and I testify about what Jesus has done in my life even to the point of dying with joy because that only brings me eternal life! Second, the devil is really angry and he doesn’t have much time. OK. Then let’s turn our backs on him and kick some dust in his face for as long as he has left!