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12/07/2023 - 13/07/2023 All day

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19).

Just as in desert Israel, there is an abundance of dangerous snakes in Africa. Lying low and wiggling itself along the ground a snake can easily be missed for its silhouette colors. Snakes are not known to move with fanfare; they roll sneakily somewhere, unseen, where once settled, they sharpen their fangs, before delving on the unsuspecting victim. A snake venom quickly attacks the central nervous system and unless immediately arrested can easily cause respiratory failure and subsequent death.

In the Bible we first become aware of  a snake where it is depicted as “more crafty than any of the wild animals” (Genesis 3:1); ultimately, seducing Eve to cause the fall of Adam. The consequence of that was a curse which is well reflected even today. “ So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life” ( vv 14).

Now although mankind was sworn to eternal enmity with the serpent; snakes have survived to this day, where they remain as much of a danger. In life we often find two types of snakes: first, those sleazy creatures crawling on their bellies with devastating fangs. Then there are also characters who carry the very traits of serpents. These penetrate among us unsuspectingly without much fanfare, take on the colors of their surrounding, and can easily be passed, only one day to attack and bring down their victims.

We should be alert to these snakes, for the danger they pose. There are certain ways one can protect themselves from snakes such as removal of wild bush in our surroundings and being ever on the lookout. As Believers in Christ we need also to remove those bushes that can give cover for snakes to penetrate among us. Snakes fear fire and long before used to be chased with smoke. Likewise, a life diminished of the fire of Christ, opens itself to the guise and ultimate devastating attack of a snake.

However, one of the most beautiful things about being a Christ follower is that Believers have been given power over snakes. There can be snakes constantly attacking us in multiple ways:  from financial distress to physical challenges.  For all the snakes around us let us walk with confidence knowing that authority has been left to us “to trample on snakes and scorpions” and we should fear no harm.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for any snakes arraigned against me I trample over them, through faith and in the power of the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, I overcome all, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful”( 2 Timothy 4:7).

    Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors  ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.

    Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).

    Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).

    Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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