As I was worshipping God on Christmas Eve in church, I was impressed to open my Bible, and what I found there, I knew was a message from God for each of the staff and volunteers at Answers2Prayer. The message came from Acts 28:
“Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, ‘This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.’” (Acts 28:3-4).
Our condition as human beings is not too promising. We are all sinners, deserving eternal death! It was a result of our sins that Jesus was crucified. We killed the Son of God by our actions. As a result, we are all murders! There is no difference between small and big sins. All of our sins bear the same consequence: death (see Romans 6:23)!
“But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.” (Acts 28: 5-6)
This is exactly what happens once we accept Jesus into our lives! Once God’s Holy Spirit dwells in us, once we have found a forever friend in Jesus Christ, we are able to shake off snakes, with no ill effects!
Did you know that in the Bible, “snakes” are often associated with the devil himself? (Rev 20:2 “The dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan.”) Not only can we shake off literal snakes, but we can shake the devil himself from us without any ill effects! It is confirmed in Scripture that we “Have authority to drive out demons.” (Mark 3:15). In Matthew, Jesus promised to always be there for us (see Mat 28:20), and that “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matt. 28:18).
Wow! Are you depressed? In Jesus’ name drive that depression away! Are you lost? In Jesus’ name drive that feeling away! Are you attacked by the devil through heavy trials (financial, emotional, spiritual…)? In Jesus’ name shake the devil off from you and enjoy the bliss of Jesus’ presence!
Then people will recognize that we are sons of God. It’s not the trials that show that we belong to our Heavenly Father. It’s our reaction to trials that proves to whom we belong. Do you want to live victoriously and show that you are a son/daughter of our Lord?
We as Christian out there, have authority over the devil! Through our good deeds? No! Through our talents? No way! Only through the blood of Jesus Christ do we have authority over the evil one and his angels. Why then, do we allow the devil to scare us? We have no reason to. We are more than victorious through the blood of the Lamb!
A glorious year awaits us! No, it won’t be trial-free. The devil “is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Rev. 12:12). However, if we stand in Jesus, we will shake him off of us and will be victorious! Join me in reaching out to those who don’t know the good news yet! Together with Jesus we will have a bountiful harvest! Hallelujah! Enjoy your new year of victory through Jesus Christ. And remember that the outcome depends on your decision of how to face your trials. You can let the snakes dangle from your arm and complain about your situation or you can shake them off and stand victoriously in Jesus Christ. The choice is yours!
In His love,
Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org