How sneaky is the snake?
I was on my phone one evening, you know, scrolling, scrolling, time wasting, as I was unwinding my busy brain, so I could get to sleep. I love animals. So, of course, when a cute rolly polly set of bears video came up, I had to watch them playfully walk through someones backyard, as if they were dogs that belonged to that particular home, it made me smile. I just want to hug them! Oh, if they didn’t have such big claws and mean teeth that would rip me to shreds….I wish I could kiss those noses…. ok, let me dream a little, please!
Got sidetracked by bear adorableness… continuing on with the story. Endless videos continued to scroll, you know how when one completes, the next one pops up … which brought me to an ugly ol’ python! Yuck and yuck! Those things are HA-UGE! I was drawn in, as I watched with one eye closed the other eye sort of crooked, not wanting to watch, yet I was saying “NO” outloud, how could this be?
It was devouring, veryyyy slowly – s.l.o.w.l.y…. a baby dear, it had to be at least a few weeks or possibly a few months old. I don’t know how fast they grow, but it was a wee one for sure. Poor momma, if she were around… makes me sad baby had to go through that slimy creatures belly. That snake just adapts to whatever it eats. The skin and all just expounds. Can I say YUCK again!?? Ewe!!
How can something with that little face, no legs, no arms, do so much damage? I know…. keep reading, I will justify my point, I get how the animal culture works.
Now, I know, you are cringing. I am too. Save the baby. Save the deer and CRUSH that snakes head into smithereens. As a visual, I normally would use a photograph to illustrate my point, but that is much too graphic. I decided to spare everyone the impression of Bambi Brunch, not wanting it engraved in your mind forever…….but maybe we need to have that shock value in our memory base.
Let me explain……
Yes, we know that the way of the animal kingdom needs to pray on each other. Mr S, as I will call him, was hungry. As sick as it is for us humans to fathom. It turned my stomach, he was hungry and needed to eat, but it got me thinking.
Let’s get real with each other. We all have struggles. Bad things happen. We go through dark times, difficulties beyond our control. Mistakes made, purposed or innocently that take us down a rocky terrain. We must always be careful, and mindful of this snake’s sneakiness want’s us to fall in the messy unstable rocks. Yes, of course there are obvious times that he attacks very obviously. But like a phython, they blend in, quietly, waiting for it’s prey to feel weakened. There is a sensory in our demeanor, whether we speak out the words or not, he knows when to attack. Once he has his grip on you, like our baby deer, he chokes, leaving the victim without breath, the heart stops and dies. The bible tells us Satan comes to kill steal and destroy. The caveat to that verse, is that we are to be aware of onslaught and be prepared with God’s Armor and His Word because GOD sent Jesus to GIVE US LIFE – ABUNDANT life.
The hold Satan has on some lasts a lifetime. The subtle words from a family member or friend that leaves you feeling ugly, owrthless or not smart – all lies. God made YOU IN HIS IMAGE! Which means you are alright! You do NOT have to allow Satan to wrap his long eight foot body around you with the intention of a slow. kill. No! You are fingerprinted and designed for amazing things so you can tell YOUR story to others. God gets the glory!
The snake is related to the ENEMY of our soul. The devil, is called the serpent. (Gen. 3 and Rev. 20). He slithers around quietly, on the look out crawling around in a pretty field like this, determinted to be as patient as he needs to be, awaiting his prey. Who will he devour today? …. and he has a team, that works towards ruining us believers, he does not work alone.
Take your amazing graced AUTHORITY – because YOU are an OVERCOMER. No more living in the death and distruction that the enemy unfolds before your path. Take your authority with the WORD OF GOD – and LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST! AMEN!
Hmm, the words PREY and PRAY – sound the same, how about the meaning; PREY, is to mark, spoil, game, kill, victimize, quest; to PRAY is to ask, get permission, beseech, say, commune with. When you are in the midst of a trial, or have an unsettling sense that life is amiss, whether in the moment or over a long period of time, stop and pray. Pray over the one who preys to put you in a minor or major path of distruction.
For further scripture studying on the enemy, aka serpent, snake, devourer, grab your devotional journal to take notes, then dig into the word to learn the POWER YOU HAVE over him. Awareness is key. You are bought by the Blood of Christ, you win over all tactics of the devil. But never underestimate his power, he comes to kill steal and destroy.
FREE PRINTED PAGE FOR JOURNALING Scriptures on the Enemy
Isaiah 65:25 and 27: 1
Exodus 4:3 and 7:9
Psalm 91:13 and 140:3. and 58: 4-5
2 Corinthians 11:3
Amos 5:19 and 9:3
Father, we come to you, with our sometimes, most times, weakened lives, wishing I had not made a comment, gotten angry, hurt someone, or ________ (you fill in the blank). But you are Soverign and full of mercy and grace. I come humbly yet with assurance to ask for forgiveness for this sin. These sins. wash me clean. Thank you for letting me begin again. I love you Jesus. The enemy is crushed. He has NO power over my life, nor my families life. It was finished at Calvary. Thank you Lord. Amen