3 Things a Dead Snake Taught Me

Written by on November 18, 2013

Snake Dead #1A

Tim and I are taking a brisk Saturday walk down a street close to the river. I lift my foot to take a step and suddenly recoil.

“Look! A snake in the road!”

Tim says, “Where?”

“Right here! See?!

I point to a snake the same color as the street. A sort of dead snake. Okay, a very dead snake. And this one hadn’t been very smart. He’d made a fatal mistake by gliding into the path of a car.  It was not pretty.

Did you know that dead snakes are great teachers? It’s true. This one teaches us three things:

  • Fear thinks it outpowers us. But in a showdown between a 5,000-pound sedan bearing down on a five-ounce slitherer, guess who wins?  Fear has no authority. When we speak out Scripture, we squash fear because we’re heavyweights. Here’s a good one to speak out:
    Snake Dead #2A

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. (Jesus, in Luke 10:19, ESV)

Jesus tells us to jump up and down on snakes. What fun is the kingdom unless you get to squish an evil little guy or two? When we were kids, some of us jumped on beds. Boing! Boing! Boing! Now we get to bounce on snakes. And scorpions, apparently, if you’re into that sort of thing (or not into them, as the case may be).  Joomp! Joomp! Joomp!

  • The sting of danger hovers near death. But it can’t touch us when we exercise authority over it. I’m allergic to bees. While we shot these photos with my smartphone, bees swarmed the snake and I had no other choice but to share him. Was I scared of the bees? Nope. I said, “Bees, you will not sting me. You will not touch me.” And they hovered, but didn’t sting. A bee heard me pray, wrung his hands, then panicked and buzzed off.
  • “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (Jesus, in John 10:10, NIV)  When the devil tries to put us in harm’s way and to mess with us, he unwittingly puts himself into a battle he cannot win. When we operate out of our true authority in Christ, the enemy gets smashed in the process. He stands no chance against the power of God Almighty expressed in us.

Snake Dead #3A
What are you taking authority over today?

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Comments
  1. Susan   On   November 19, 2013 at 6:15 am

    “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you”
    A graphic illustration of this is portrayed in the opening of the movie “The Passion of the Christ”. Very powerful scripture as well as movie illustrating it’s power.

  2. Alicia Shortt   On   June 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Acts 18:4
    Acts 13:42-44
    Luke 4:16
    1 Corinthians 11:1
    Matthew 5:17
    Praise Yahshua for truth!
    Seventh day Sabbath still exists for those who are truly in Christ.
    When we submit to God the enemy has no authority over us.
    We can win when we do things Yahwehs way not our own praise Yahshua!

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