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25/02/2024 - 26/02/2024 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; they 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 people 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 Christians 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 the Lord, 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!

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    "And your life will be brighter than the noonday; it’s darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security”  (Job 11:17-19.)

    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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