Shake It Off! Part One

As I was praying for a friend, these words came out of my mouth ~ Help them to shake off their apathy like Paul shook off the viper. As soon as the words were out of my mouth the Holy Spirit helped me connect something.

Let me undergird this with God-breathed Scripture that instructs us in righteousness, according to 1 Timothy 3:16. First of all, in Genesis 3, satan showed up as a snake in the garden. Verse 1 says, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field…” The first thing he did was to counter what God had said.

Deception is connected with the snake. What did Paul do when the viper fastened onto his hand? Acts 28:5 says, “But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.” John 8:44 says that there is no truth in the devil. Every fiery dart he sends against our faith is a lie! According to Paul’s example, what do we do with lies? Shake them off!

Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Wiles are schemes. 2 Peter 1:16 says, “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”

Peter, James, and John saw Jesus transfigured right before their eyes. We see Him through His word. He reveals Himself to us from Genesis to Revelation. The more we bring His word into our heart, the more we will discern how the enemy is seeking to defeat our faith through his deceptions.

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